[pulseaudio-discuss] Sound output is muted at 16% volume
gmane at colin.guthr.ie
Mon Apr 12 06:02:08 PDT 2010
'Twas brillig, and Marti Raudsepp at 12/04/10 12:03 did gyre and gimble:
>>>> 'Twas brillig, and Marti Raudsepp at 11/04/10 21:06 did gyre and gimble:
>>>>> I tried working around this by changing the PCM level in alsamixer,
>>>>> but whenever a new client connects, PulseAudio thinks it's smarter
>>>>> than me and resets the PCM mixer -- to somewhere between 0.00 ...
>>>>> -0.60 dB (?!), and sets the master level to 0% again
>>>>> So there are 2 distinct problems:
>>>>> 2. If PulseAudio wants to maximize some volume controls, it should set
>>>>> them at 0.0 dB, not -0.60 dB
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:56 PM, Colin Guthrie <gmane at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:
>> This is a product of how PA controls the volumes. It maintains
>> completely control over the whole pipeline in order to adjust the volume
>> in the most appropriate way.
> Yeah I know that! The bug I'm describing above is that it should set
> the volume to 0.0 dB, not randomly one of -0.20 dB or -0.40 dB or
> -0.60 dB like it does now.
Well it depends. If the first mixer in the pipline manages increments of
1dB and the 2nd mixer offers increments of 0.2dB then to obtain a given
volume then for some volumes, both mixers will be set in some capacity
(AFAIK - I've not really studied this code too much tho').
e.g. say pulse wants a dB of 48.4dB. The alsa master slider says that
when it's set to 0 it offers 48dB, so PA sets it to 0 and uses the PCM
control to get the remaining 0.4dB.
So I guess there is scope for this to happen. I suspect that whatever
the problem here, that with updated info from the alsa driver side, the
problems will ultimately go away.
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