max volume setting won't "stick"

Marius Gedminas marius at
Fri Mar 16 17:49:16 UTC 2012

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:00:10PM +1100, Karl Auer wrote:
> Hopefully someone out there can save me a bit of searching time:
> Ubuntu 10.10, the sound applet on the task bar. If I open the "sound
> preferences" dialogue, I see the output level is at about 60%.

Is there a little mark under it?  That's the 100% volume mark.

This dialog lets you turn the volume beyond 100% (by telling PulseAudio
to amplify the sound in software, which can cause clipping and loss of

All the other controls (such as volume keys etc.) limit the volume to 100%.

> In short, the problem is not that I can't get a high volume, it is that
> the setting for high volume won't "stick".

If you need this software amplification, use the sound preferences to
enable it and then don't touch the volume.

Marius Gedminas
"If we were meant to fly, we wouldn't keep losing our luggage."
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