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Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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I'm running 17 Cinnamon, very pleased with everything so far.. except the sound. In Win7 I have my volume set around 25%, on Mint 17 it has to be at 50% for a similar level of output.
Anyone else get this?
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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It's a minor thing really, which is why I asked if anyone else had noticed it. Not a game breaker, more wondering why it was the case.
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Hmm..Not sure, perhaps you can check volume settings by typing in alsamixer in terminal.
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Everything looks fine ( although master volume is shown as 47 and the volumer slider on the panel shows 56)
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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I noticed the same thing when I switched from XP to Mint 16 cinnamon and I think it may, I'm not expert so can't be sure, be due to the way that different ways Windows and Mint display. When you adjust the sound from the panel you have a range that goes up too 100%, as you'd expect, however, when you open sound settings you can turn it up to about 150%.. That extra amplification boost was something I never saw in windows and so am assuming that 100% on my old XP set up was more akin to the 150% in Mint sound options.
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Good point, WinterTroubles.
I assumed that the 150% was overdriving the sound output, but full 150% shows no distortion and sounds about as loud as 100% on Win7.
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Re: Sound volume very low compared to Win7

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Well I my best guess is that the 150% option is indeed overdriving to some extent, but, that on windows we simply weren't made aware of the distinction... I'm not hugely familiar with the sound amplification methods used on my system though, as I'm of the mindset that if I want high quality amplification I should use a high quality amplifier rather trust my ageing system hardware, so I've never looked into the details.
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