Alsa trouble with headphones

Gregory Nowak greg at
Wed Oct 17 22:23:49 EDT 2007

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Without knowing the particulars of your sound hardware, I'd suggest
trying something like this off the top of my head:

amixer set Master 20%

which should set your main volume control to 20% volume level. Hth


On Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 05:16:02PM -0700, Zachary Kline wrote:
> Hello,
> I am running Gentoo Linux, with a kernel version 2.6.20-something.  I haven't had any reason to switch kernels lately, and don't want to try out the Git repository stuff anyhow.
> The issue I am having is that when I plug in my headphones, the volume on them is far too loud.  It's almost enough to blast my eardrumbs--not literally, but it's certainly not soft or quiet. By contrast, the speaker volume is quiet and at a level I can deal with.
> I've tried fiddling with Alsamixer, as well as amixer, the latter of which doesn't make much sense to me.  All I really want to do is lower the volume of the headphone audio to a reasonable level, and I'm not quite sure about how to do so.
> Any tips would be appreciated.
> Yours,
> Zack.
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