[LAU] Low sound problem under Hardy only (not Gutsy)

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 02:15:08 EDT 2008


I am running 32 bit Hardy (GNOME) on a machine I call the TeraByte Beast
(tbb), but the sound is misbehaving. It is playing very low, despite the
fact that I have turned up the volume on both the applications that are
playing sound, as well as the system sound in the upper right had corner.  I
can play commercial music CDs and YouTube but I cannot play my own footage
with either vlc, movie player (Totem), Mplayer, Kino, Kaffeine, or Firefox
streaming the footage from the Internet Archive. When I do attempt to play a
video, the sound is once again very low on just my own footage (.ogg and
.mpg) under those six movie players. Here is a sample of the footage that I
am talking about. Left click on the first link on the left under play /


I am able to hear that footage well when I watch that footage on my hard
drive under Gutsy or stream it from the Archive under Gutsy, but I am not
able to hear it well under Hardy. The volume is low under Hardy.

I have tried running the sound test in System > Preferences > sound, and
that works okay for three of the four tests there: Sound events > Sound
playback; Music and Movies > Sound playback; Audio Conferencing > Sound
playback; but the test for Audio Conferencing > Sound capture does not work
at all.  All of the fields there are set for alsa.

I have tried installing gnome-alsamixer and alsamixergui as recommended in
this thread:


Two days ago, I updated Hardy, and that solved the problem.  Then, the
problem spontaneously returned.  I tried applying today's Hardy update, but
that did not work.

Sound capture is currently set for ALSA, and the Default Mixer Tracks is set

The output of

$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/also-base

is here:


The output of cat /proc/asound/version is here:

cje at tbb:~$ cat /proc/asound/version
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.16.
Compiled on May 6 2008 for kernel 2.6.24-17-rt (SMP).
cje at tbb:~$

Thanks in advance for any help.

see ya

Christian Einfeldt,
Producer, The Digital Tipping Point
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