Possibly a hardware issue: I've tried it with Windows 7, Windows 8 and all kinds of drivers.
The speaker volume is nice and loud and plays no problem. However when I plug in my headphones, the sound is VERY faint. There is no indication by the OS that I've plugged in a headphone and shows I am still playing out of my speaker in the settings.
I suppose the reason why the volume is so faint in the headphones is that the signal isn't being actively amplified whereas the speakers are probably receiving power. So in other words, the OS isn't detecting a headphone so doesn't route power to amplify it. However since I did plug it in, the system routes the audio signal which makes my headphones play it in a very faint volume.
Any ideas or tips? I don't want to open my laptop.