I chase an answer to my problem.
If i wear headphones, or use skype, and i use the volume keys, this will not affect the sound volume at all. The master is not really the true master.
I need to make the volume panel icon and keyboard volume keys control the PCM and not the master. I want to leave the master around 80 percent, and then control my volume only by moving the pcm around.
I used to be able to do this back with ubuntu 9ish... Can someone offer me some help. I have been looking at amixer and all sorts and have not had any luck.
I have only alsa on my machine. Pulse was removed a long time ago.
any help is appreciated.