gnome-volume-control only goes to 100%

Bug #325215 reported by Rocko on 2009-02-04
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME media utilities
Fix Released
gnome-media (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-media

Better integration is needed between gnome-volume-control and pulseaudio re volume control. This is probably a wishlist item.

Pulseaudio allows you to adjust volume between 0 and 480%. This is fantastic, especially for computers with low inputs and outputs like mine. But the volume sliders in gnome-volume-control only go to 100%. So:

a) When you adjust the pulseaudio slider, the corresponding gnome-volume-control slider moves, but stops at 100% and doesn't display the actual value.

b) If you try to adjust the gnome-volume-control-slider, it immediately resets the pulseaudio volume slider back to 100%.

The attached image illustrates this. The pulseaudio volume controls are obtained by running PulseAudioManager and then selecting Manager from its notification panel control and then double-clicking on the appropriate device in the Devices tab. In Jaunty, the gnome-volume-control is in the notification panel as well.

The gnome volume control applet in the notification panel does know that the volume is over 100% (its pop-up hint says, for instance "Output: 127% 29.77 db", but its slider also is limited to 100% and if you use this slider to adjust the volume, it resets it to 100%.

What I think should happen is that the gnome-volume-control sliders shouldn't be limited to 100%, and if pulseaudio directs that the volume has gone above 100%, gnome-volume-control's sliders should reflect this correctly.

Version information:
ubuntu 9.04
gnome-media 2.25.5-0ubuntu1
pulseaudio 0.9.14-0ubuntu3

Rocko (rockorequin) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, that's an upstream bug and should be sent to by somebody having the issue

Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
Andrea Grandi (andreagrandi) wrote :

Maybe this could be the explanation for this problem I'm having:

Since I installed Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty, volume is very low on my Asus EeePC 901 (it worked fine with ubuntu 8.10).

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Could you try if that's still an issue on karmic?

Rocko (rockorequin) wrote :

Yes, karmic is exactly the same. Pulseaudio's volume control app and Gnome's volume control only go to 100%, but the pulseaudio device manager's volume control allows 480%, and the behaviour is as described in the original report.

You also still can't adjust headphone volume, etc, or the login/logout sounds from Gnome's volume control, so there Karmic has a regression in functionality compared to Jaunty/Intrepid - I think those were logged as separate bugs, however.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Could you send the bug upstream since you get the isuse?

Rocko (rockorequin) wrote :

I opened but there isn't an 'assigned to' URL entry to record this.

Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-media:
status: Unknown → New
Nic (ntetreau) wrote :

The upstream bug has been marked as fixed, but I still have this issue in Karmic as of today...

Nic (ntetreau) wrote :

What I meant to say is that the applet's slider is still limited to 100% even though the the properties dialogue or pavucontrol output goes up to 150%. That means that the sound jumps from 150% directly to 100% if I adjust it using the keyboard or the applet. Then, I cannot go back up above 100% unless I go back into the properties or pavucontrol.

tgpraveen (tgpraveen89) wrote :

Please file a separate bug about the applet behaviour not adopting new changes.

dman7 (dmitriskj) wrote :

The link [] doesn't work. Has anyone fixed this since last time? If so, where could I find the patch? Thanks

Rocko (rockorequin) wrote :

@dman7: That link works for me. It says the patch is at But the patch is already included in Ubuntu 10.04 and I suspect 9.10 also.

Changed in gnome-media:
importance: Unknown → Low
status: New → Fix Released
Jean-Philippe Fleury (jpfle) wrote :

Is there an upstream bug report about the applet?

Jean-Philippe Fleury (jpfle) wrote :

I didn't find any upstream bug report about the applet, so I created this one:

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