I have a two fold issue since many years. I hope to find a fix now. I'm on Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 and yet again the volume levels are very low.

  1. Allow louder than 100% option is gone from the sound settings in Ubuntu Budgie 18.04. So I worked around it using pactl set-sink-volume 0 150%
  2. Whenever I hit the volume up/down key, the volume resets to 100%. Then I will have to do pactl set-sink-volume 0 150% again to get louder volume from the speakers.

How do I make, say 150% permanent and map the volume keys to work from0-150%

  • You can look into editing /etc/pulse/default.pa. I haven't used it before, so cannot offer any guidance. – xiota May 7 '18 at 17:52

You should have a setting called Over-Amplification in Settings > Sound. Turning it on and adjusting the volume slider above it will only get you to 100%, but you can still adjust beyond 100% by using either your keyboard's volume buttons if available, or adjusting the volume slider in the corner of your screen.

  • No such setting. Screenshots, if any ? Are you on an older version of Ubuntu ? Older versions had the slider you are referring to. And even they don't work with the volume UP key. Volume UP sends it to only 100% not the max. – b-ak May 8 '18 at 17:09
  • Running 18.04, myself. Second row: imgur.com/a/u6494de – hiigaran May 9 '18 at 0:55
  • I am sorry for the confusion, I'm on Ubuntu Budgie 18.04. Corrected that part in the question too. – b-ak May 13 '18 at 9:03

You can install pavucontrol, it let's me tune up to 153% on Ubuntu Gnome 18.04. There is also a setting in dconf /com/ubuntu/sound called 'allow-amplified-volume' but switching that true/false had no effect for me

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    The problem is pavucontrol works, but when I turn down the volume below 100% and then try to turn it back up it won't go beyond 100%. Now that is the problem I am trying to solve. – b-ak May 13 '18 at 9:02

Ubuntu 18.10 (cosmic) adds this feature by default. It works very nice too.

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