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Bug #12839

Very low audio volume on both the real machine and the VirtualBox VM

Added by giahung 1997tn 5 months ago. Updated 3 months ago.

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The installation I do on a spare SSD on my real machine: this machine is using Intel HD Audio. The sound volume is very small even when I changed it to 100% with the applet on the tray and turn my speaker's volume to 100%. It's somewhat only approximate the volume of 70% on the Linux system running on the same hardware.

The installation on VirtualBox: I have to change from AC97 to Intel HD Audio, otherwise PulseAudio would prevent the shutdown of the system and the sound itself doesn't work, too. When using Intel HD Audio, I have the same problem as on the real machine.

#1

Updated by Aurélien Larcher 5 months ago

It is because Pulsaudio uses 100% of the volume provided by the native sound subsystem which is default set to 75% of the maximum output.
Until the bug is fixed in Pulseaudio use audioctl to increase the volume to 95%.

#2

Updated by giahung 1997tn 5 months ago

Aurélien Larcher wrote:

It is because Pulsaudio uses 100% of the volume provided by the native sound subsystem which is default set to 75% of the maximum output.
Until the bug is fixed in Pulseaudio use audioctl to increase the volume to 95%.

I have read related issues to my own and found people said only MATE Volume Control has bug. Why don't just temporarily ship the XFCE Volume Control in the OI distribution and remove it when we have the MATE ones fixed? XFCE Volume Control is very lightweight and doesn't have much dependencies.

BTW, how to install XFCE Volume Control on OI? I don't know the package name.

#3

Updated by Aurélien Larcher 5 months ago

We will not package another desktop environment in the main repository, we try to avoid duplicating packages that provide the same features.
The issue is in Pulsaudio not the applet itself, adding XFCE will not fix the problem.

#4

Updated by giahung 1997tn 5 months ago

Aurélien Larcher wrote:

We will not package another desktop environment in the main repository, we try to avoid duplicating packages that provide the same features.
The issue is in Pulsaudio not the applet itself, adding XFCE will not fix the problem.

Thanks for your clarification. BTW, you seemed to misunderstood. I said about the application xfce volume control and just this application alone, not a full XFCE. I used to install it on other desktop environment on Linux so I know it dependencies are very few, completely unlike the situation of KDE Plasma. So far it's only some lib xfce as I recall. But it also uses PulseAudio (as I know) so it would have the same problem as mate volume control.

#5

Updated by gh origin 3 months ago

Aurélien Larcher wrote:

It is because Pulsaudio uses 100% of the volume provided by the native sound subsystem which is default set to 75% of the maximum output.
Until the bug is fixed in Pulseaudio use audioctl to increase the volume to 95%.

I use audioctl to increase it to the maximum possible volume as the driver allows but it's still lower than on Linux and FreeBSD! It's because PulseAudio sucks! I don't know why it get used anywhere outside of the Linux world, where it's optimized for a long time to be barely stable and working reasonable!

#6

Updated by Daniel Chan 3 months ago

You know, Linux is suck. By the way, have you tested XFCE volume control on OI?
If the issue is resolved on application level, could you share your code with the OI team?

#7

Updated by gh origin 3 months ago

Daniel Chan wrote:

You know, Linux is suck. By the way, have you tested XFCE volume control on OI?
If the issue is resolved on application level, could you share your code with the OI team?

I don't know. I'm not the OP. Just add Joyent's pkgsrc repo, then install xfce4-mixer and test it yourselves.
BTW, Linux is not sucks. Linux is the de facto standard. Only recently because they started to introduce so many new and controversial features, I feel I no longer could grasp it so I seek for alternative OSes where changes are more rarely, more stable and simpler enough for me to have a sense of I could grasp it.

gh = go ahead, not the acronym of the OP's name.
origin is, origin. I use this name across all of the communities I participate. Just in case someone has the same nick name as me. I could declare I'm the origin. So not being confused with anyone else.

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