The system volume of my notebook is too low comparing with using headphone or running it on windows7. I can hardly hear the sound even if the volume slider was moved to maximum. Today after I had used my laptop for half a day or so ,I opened mplayer to listen mp3 and found the sound is so loud and clear. I was so excited. I tried many times to play kinds of movies,mp3 and flash to make sure it's not a cheat. Yep, the sound became loud and clear,it is true.Then I restarted my computer to verify the inconceivability appearance. The sound returned back to low level as before .After trying many times now I can confirm the problem:

The volume is too low to tolerate all the time. Only after resuming from suspend does the sound become loud and clear enough. But it becomes too low again after restarting or resuming from hibernation. Have you got any suggestions?


$ sudo head -1 /proc/asound/card0/codec#0
Codec: IDT 92HD81B1C5

$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****

card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Alsamixer -c 0


  • I should note that ALSA isn't the real sound system used in Ubuntu. The actual system is Pulse Audio, which has an ALSA plugin. Thus, I wouldn't trust AlsaMixer to display relevant data. Try the Sound Settings dialog, or from the command line pacmd. Dec 25, 2011 at 13:00
  • Thanks for your suggestions. I have moved all of the adjustable sliders in Sound Settings dialog to maximum but it doesn't work. Excuse me for my ignorance about pacmd. I don't know how to offer you any useful output infomation from that tool.
    – Lee
    Dec 25, 2011 at 13:47
  • If moving the sliders to the max doesn't help, then I'm out of ideas. Dec 25, 2011 at 14:10
  • This question appears to be abandoned, if you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, please flag the question explaining that. I am flagging this for closure. Regards,
    – Ringtail
    Mar 24, 2012 at 20:04
  • Try updating your kernel. If the problem persists, this question should instead be filed as a bug report, and as such is off-topic, thanks! Instructions here.
    – Panther
    Apr 3, 2012 at 20:06

1 Answer 1


Try removing the .pulse directory in your home folder, then reboot.

rm -rf ~/.pulse

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