Problem with very low sound

Ray Parrish crp at
Fri Dec 26 04:29:47 UTC 2008

Mark Pyles wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> I am having a problem with my sound. It is very low. It is so low that I 
> have to use earphones to listen to any type of sound.
> I am using Ubuntu 8.04 on a Dell Inspiron 1525. When I right click on 
> the sound icon I go to preferences and it shows me that my setting is 
> set for HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer) and below, the selection that is 
> highlighted is "Master". I have tried the other choices in the drop down 
> box which are "SigmaTel STAC9228 (OSS MIXER), Playback: ALSA PCM on 
> front, Capture: Monitor source of ALSA,", but nothing seems to improve 
> my sound.
> Unfortunately I am not knowledgeable enough yet to find out what the 
> name of my sound card is from the terminal.  Is there some way to get 
> the sound to work so that I can actually hear it? Thank you.
> Mark

Try this command in terminal to get at the "controls behind the 
controls" so to speak. These are your Master volume controls and are 
only accessible through terminal as far as I know.

alsamixer -D hw:0

Here are a couple of commands to get your sound card information.

lsmod | grep snd

cat /proc/asound/cards

Also, I have written a bash script which will detail many things about 
your system in a framed web page format in your default browser at the 
end of the script's run. It includes the details about the commands ran 
to generate the output, in the web page report so you can learn some 
basic terminal commands as you peruse the results of the System Report 

This System Report script is located here -


and sample output of the script as ran on my machine are located here -


Later, Ray Parrish

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