Fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04. This is on an old & faithful HP 32bit System, one of the friendliest Linux Laptops I've ever owned. Currently, I can't get the volume to work (using Unity). It's either Max (the slider doesn't work) or mute.
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
So, this is slightly different than the volume always being 100% after restart. Currently, it's 100% no matter what. I've tried removing the pulse directory under .config. I've tried re-installing pulseaudio.