Alsa trouble with headphones

Janina Sajka janina at
Thu Oct 18 09:34:02 EDT 2007

A command like:

amixer controls

should list out the various controls associated with your audio device.
You may, of course, need to pipe this:

amixer controls |more

Once you know the device that controls your headphone volume level, you
can querry it's current setting:

amixer cget numid=X

where X is the correct number which you leareed from 'amixer controls' .
Now you can reset to a more appropriate level like this:

amixer cset numid=X YY

where YY is a volume setting you want to try. When yhou have it right,

alsactl store



Gregory Nowak writes:
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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
> maybe.
> Greg
> 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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