I have an Asus UL20FT-A1 laptop whose sound at maximum is not high enough. I have to open the Sound Settings menu and go over the limitation to get a high enough level. Any idea how I can fix this?


Try the PCM settings in alsamixer - Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type alsamixer: enter image description here

You may need to select the sound card with F6 first.

Turning up all the other controls may also help smiley

  • Thanks for the hint! For some reason media keys got broken on 16.10 after upgrade. – anatoly techtonik Oct 22 '16 at 8:57
  • On Windows this never happens, volume controls just work. Why does it happen on Linux? – Maxim Egorushkin Aug 27 '17 at 20:46
  • @MaximEgorushkin - AFAIK the PCM setting should by default be at max, just adding or modifying certain software or hardware may change that. Like with Windows and default audio devices :) – Wilf Aug 27 '17 at 23:53
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    @Wilf It is not the first time i have to use alsamixer to unmute or increase volumes on Ubuntu and Fedora. It is like it is initialised with random values. IMO, the volume control UI must do that, this step must be absolutely unnecessary. Just venting in general. – Maxim Egorushkin Aug 28 '17 at 0:20
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    @Wilf It is like there are two levels of volume settings and the UI tools operate on one level, alsamixer on another. – Maxim Egorushkin Aug 28 '17 at 0:58

1. Open terminal Ctrl + Alt + T

2. Install PavuControl sudo apt install pavucontrol

3. Open PulseAudio Volume Control pavucontrol

4. Output devices Set to 100% (0dB) the port are you using (Speakers / Headphones etc)

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You should enable "Louder than 100%" in sound settings. That works at least in Ubuntu 17.10 Screenshot


This works 100%...

  • right click on volume icon located at top right corner of screen (ubuntu 16 )
  • Select sound settings
  • Go to application section and raise volume up :D enjoy your high sound..
  • Definitely not a silver bullet and silly to suggest it might be so. Having said that, this worked for me so thumbs up. – ornous Jan 19 '18 at 21:51
  • That particular context menu item doesn't seem to exist on Ubuntu 18. – isherwood Sep 19 '18 at 19:29

If you are using LUBUNTU you might need to try pavucontrol in terminal. In my custom setup ubuntu core + openbox + lxdp I have pavucontrol managing sounds.

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