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I'm new to Linux. Using Linux Mint 14 Nadia right now. I've been trying to use my sound card rather than integrated audio. I have an Asus Xonar DX. Now, the card works, but even at 150% volume, the sound is low and the sound quality is awful. I plug my speakers into the integrated sound on my mobo and it's much louder and much clearer. i've been trying to look around for solutions but I can't find any info that actually helps. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 9
Have you tried clicking on the speaker icon in the taskbar and setting the volume manually, along with the output method?

( gotta start somewhere )
post #3 of 9
Probably it's turned down in alsa mixer. in the terminal type "alsamixer" then hit f6 to choose the proper sound card and make sure everything is at 0.0dB gain (probably 100% although 100% might be past that which you don't want)

This can be left alone for the rest of the time as I'm going to assume you're using ubuntu and therefore the normal system audio daemon pluseaudio will control the volume the rest of the time. (this is a one time change)
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post #4 of 9
Is the power cable connection secure, common problem for them to come loose.

If not then like MrTolkinghorn stated check alsa

Start alsamixer
F5 to show all channels of the device
F6 to check all audio devices
Set all audio levels to the desired level
exit alsamixer
if it works then as root do a alsactl store
then reboot to see if the settings stick
if not then open a terminal and do a alsactl restore
then add this script to your autostart
Code:
restore_alsa() {
 while [ -z "`pidof pulseaudio`" ]; do
  sleep 0.5
 done
 alsactl -f /var/lib/alsa/asound.state restore 
}
restore_alsa &

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PulseAudio#Pulse_overwrites_ALSA_settings
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post #5 of 9
Yea ALSA routes the signals to the wrong channels by default. It helps to kill the Pulse daemon and tell the app you use for testing to use ALSA as audio sink before starting to reconfigure. Here's a decent guide on sorting it out: http://drona.csa.iisc.ernet.in/~uday/alsamch.shtml
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It worked! I went into alsa mixer and increased the master to 100% (0.0DB). It was at 40% by default. I then used the alsactl store command and the settings are restored at boot. Thanks for the help, guys. This was bugging me.

One last thing, is there a program or something to adjust the settings, such a bass, dolby headphone, virtual surround etc.? I looked in Alsa Mixer and didn't see anything pertaining to adjustments like that. I used the Xonar Uni drivers in Windows, which has a wealth of options and while I know they don't make drivers for Linux, I was hoping for an alternative.
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post #7 of 9
Not as detailed as Xonar Uni drivers in Windows but try these might suite some of your needs
Code:
pulseaudio-equalizer
pavucontrol
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Originally Posted by tom.slick View Post

Not as detailed as Xonar Uni drivers in Windows but try these might suite some of your needs
Code:
pulseaudio-equalizer
pavucontrol

Had to find and install it first. Works pretty well. Sound is much better with it than without. Thanks.
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Future notice, ALSA does that on purpose. Since so many audio chipsets don't play so nice at the same volume levels they keep it low. It used to be 0 and you had to manually raise it or not hear anything. I have volume keys that work, so I just hit those and I usually get sound! wink.gif
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