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This wasn't the case before, but recently I get relatively low volume sound in my laptop, both the integrated speakers and the headphones, even with the volume up to max. I checked alsamixer and everything is up to max. Any ideas?

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In the upper right side of the screen, you can see a symbol of speaker. Click it. If the volume level is high there, leave it and go to Sound preferences and increase output volume.

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