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MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

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MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#1 Post by Dvegas » Fri May 09, 2014 2:39 pm

I would like a better sound in my system: Currently volume on speakers turned up to max, music and Youtube videos are not audible across the room. Switching to Windows this volume level can be heard across the street, volume is far to loud for the home.

Not certain what sound card to purchase and install in this desktop, for sound to perform at an acceptable level, and turn off the on board sound card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic]. Switching to card 1: Generic_1 [HD-Audio Generic], device 0: ALC662 rev3 Analog [ALC662 rev3 Analog] produces no sound.

green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Generic_1 [HD-Audio Generic], device 0: ALC662 rev3 Analog [ALC662 rev3 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$

$ inxi -F
System: Host: mx1 Kernel: 3.12-0.bpo.1-686-pae i686 (32 bit)
Desktop: Xfce 4.10.2 Distro: MX-14_13.99_386-xfce RC2 09 March 2014
Machine: Mobo: Acer model: Aspire M3470
Bios: American Megatrends v: P01-A1 date: 08/05/2011
CPU: Quad core AMD A8-3800 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
Clock Speeds: 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 1800 MHz 4: 800 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] ATI BeaverCreek [Radeon HD 6550D]
Display Server: X.Org 1.12.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD SUMO GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.5
Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel
Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] ATI BeaverCreek HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 6500D and 6400G-6600G series]
driver: snd_hda_intel
Card-3 Logitech QuickCam Communicate MP/S5500 driver: USB Audio
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.12-0.bpo.1-686-pae
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: f8:0f:41:36:b5:9f
Card-2: Ralink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe driver: rt2800pci
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: 74:de:2b:b8:03:e8
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (9.8% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST31000524AS size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 7.8G used: 3.6G (49%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
ID-2: /home size: 85G used: 15G (18%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.44GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 22.5C mobo: N/A gpu: 22.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 163 Uptime: 51 min Memory: 312.7/5716.5MB
Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.1.28
green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$

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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#2 Post by NGIB » Fri May 09, 2014 2:43 pm

Open the mixer, enable all the controls, and max out the volume on each in turn to see if the problem goes away...
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#3 Post by Jerry3904 » Fri May 09, 2014 2:44 pm

The first thing to try is to open up Menu > Multimedia > Audio Mixer and raise all levers to the top. Make sure that PCM is visible, if not add it with the button in the lower left corner.
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#4 Post by Dvegas » Fri May 09, 2014 3:11 pm

Have one box no controls: Menu > Multimedia > Audio Mixer : only this check box IEC958. There are no sliders visable!

Ticking IEC958 or not ticking the box there is no difference in sound levels.

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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#5 Post by Dvegas » Fri May 09, 2014 3:18 pm

Forgot to indicate, believe I had a bit more sound volume before doing the updates this week, currently can not be certain now after trying front and rear, and changing speakers:

Commit Log for Fri May 9 08:38:06 2014


Upgraded the following packages:
smxi-inxi-antix (0.2.7) to 0.2.8


Commit Log for Wed May 7 13:59:00 2014


Upgraded the following packages:
base-files (7.1wheezy4) to 7.1wheezy5
catfish (0.3.2-2) to 0.3.2-2+deb7u1
curl (7.26.0-1+wheezy8) to 7.26.0-1+wheezy9
dpkg (1.16.12) to 1.16.14
dpkg-dev (1.16.12) to 1.16.14
google-chrome-stable (33.0.1750.152-1) to 34.0.1847.132-1
google-talkplugin (5.2.4.0-1) to 5.3.1.0-1
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad (0.10.23-7.1) to 0.10.23-7.1+deb7u1
gvfs (1.12.3-4) to 1.12.3-5mx14
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#6 Post by joany » Fri May 09, 2014 3:24 pm

From your screen shot, it doesn't look like Audio Mixer is showing your sound card. Instead of "HD Audio Generic (Alsa mixer)" I would expect to see "Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller". However, it looks like more selections are available from a drop-down menu. Do you have two sound cards by chance?
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#7 Post by lucky9 » Fri May 09, 2014 3:32 pm

The AMD sound system needs to be turned off in the BIOS/UEFI.

The upgrades appear to have 'reset' everybody's sound to the new defaults of the upgrades. This in the future should not be accepted. Keep your old configurations.

You can try alsamixer in a Terminal. It will bring up an ncurses version of the mixer.
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#8 Post by Dvegas » Fri May 09, 2014 3:36 pm

Yes, there are three on drop down menu:

1. HD Audio Generic (Alsa mixer)
2. HD Audio Generic (Alsa mixer)
3. USB Device 0x46d:0x9a1 (Alsa mixer) <--This is the Logitech video cam

1 provides very low sound,
2 provides no sound,
3 is the video cam, have not communicated recently with friends using Google Hangout to be informed if sound levels have dropped on this device.

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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#9 Post by dolphin_oracle » Fri May 09, 2014 3:50 pm

Forgot to indicate, believe I had a bit more sound volume before doing the updates this week, currently can not be certain now after trying front and rear, and changing speakers:
You are the second person I've heard with low/whisper volume after an update. I think jdmeaux1952 also has this problem on his antiX and MX install.

http://antix.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=5044

no solution there though. Just cross-referencing the threads.
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Re: MX Sound - speakers maxed are only a wisper

#10 Post by Dvegas » Fri May 09, 2014 3:54 pm

lucky9 wrote:The AMD sound system needs to be turned off in the BIOS/UEFI.

The upgrades appear to have 'reset' everybody's sound to the new defaults of the upgrades. This in the future should not be accepted. Keep your old configurations.

You can try alsamixer in a Terminal. It will bring up an ncurses version of the mixer.
I now only have a USB Sound Device (Video Cam) showing in alsa Mixer after turning off sound card in Bios.

I only found one sound device in Bios, no AMD, or HDMI areas....

Again my info:

green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$ inxi -F
System: Host: mx1 Kernel: 3.12-0.bpo.1-686-pae i686 (32 bit)
Desktop: Xfce 4.10.2 Distro: MX-14_13.99_386-xfce RC2 09 March 2014
Machine: Mobo: Acer model: Aspire M3470
Bios: American Megatrends v: P01-A1 date: 08/05/2011
CPU: Quad core AMD A8-3800 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
Clock Speeds: 1: 1400 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 800 MHz 4: 800 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] ATI BeaverCreek [Radeon HD 6550D]
Display Server: X.Org 1.12.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD SUMO GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.5
Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] ATI BeaverCreek HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 6500D and 6400G-6600G series]
driver: snd_hda_intel
Card-2 Logitech QuickCam Communicate MP/S5500 driver: USB Audio
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.12-0.bpo.1-686-pae
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: f8:0f:41:36:b5:9f
Card-2: Ralink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe driver: rt2800pci
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: 74:de:2b:b8:03:e8
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (2.5% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST31000524AS size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 7.8G used: 3.6G (49%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
ID-2: /home size: 85G used: 15G (18%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7
ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.44GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 35.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 23.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 163 Uptime: 11 min Memory: 282.9/5716.5MB
Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.1.28
green888@mx1:~/Desktop
$

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