Since updating to 14.04, I'm unable to set a lower volume. According to the alsamixer, it automatically mutes when I try to go below 18%.
How can I restore access to the quieter volumes? Ubuntu 14.04 running on a Dell Inspiron 1501
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volume-limit works for headphones but will, probably, make sound too quiet while using other speakers.
As alternative solution, try setting
load-module module-udev-detect ignore_dB=1
From ArchLinux Wiki
I found the solution here worked for me.
As root, you'll need to edit the file:
$ sudo vim /usr/share/pulseaudio/alsa-mixer/paths/analog-output.conf.common
Find the section that looks like the following:
[Element PCM] switch = mute volume = merge override-map.1 = all override-map.2 = all-left,all-right
Add a new setting for
volume-limit so it looks like this:
[Element PCM] switch = mute volume = merge volume-limit = 0.05 # This is the new line override-map.1 = all override-map.2 = all-left,all-right
Then you need to restart PulseAudio with the following command:
$ pulseaudio -k
If you had any applications playing sound, they will be muted. You'll have to restart them to get sound again and then you can test your new settings.
The original author of the solution suggested setting
volume-limit = 0.01, but I found that to be too quiet, so I use
0.05. You can test smaller or larger values to fit your preferences.
I've also had this problem for several years now in all the releases of Ubuntu.
@Tim, it is already reported in launchpad. Related bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/443131
According to the last comment, this bug won't be fixed :(
PS: This was meant to be / should have been a comment like the ones above, but apparently I need 50 reputation points to be able to do that..