Volume control doesn't lower subwoofer volume on a Dell Inspiron 9300

Bug #368973 reported by luisito_ortiz on 2009-04-29
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I use an Inspiron 9300 laptop with media controls in the front. On a default install of Ubuntu 9.04 increasing or lowering the volume through the controls just affects the speakers and not the subwoofer (also integrated in the laptop). In previous versions, the volume control worked fine.

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I can confirm this on a 9300 as well. Even with the volume muted sound still plays VERY loudly through the subwoofer. If a person can't figure out how to disable this, this would be a show-stopper.

Changed in ubuntu:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

I just want to add that for me this bug also existed in 8.10 so if it is a regression it doesn't seem to be new to Jaunty.

Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

Attaching the output of lspci, with the relevant line perhaps being "00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)"

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Triaged → Confirmed
dr denn (ihatehacks) wrote :

so this seemed to work for me.

click on the 'volume control' icon, then the 'volume control' button.

click 'preferences' and check 'master mono'

by sliding the master mono the subwoofer volume changes independently of the front speakers. it's a little annoying if you ever adjust it, but this seems to be working for me now.

Javier López (javier-lopez) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Hotkeys/Troubleshooting. I have classified this bug as a bug in "gnome-settings-daemon"'. If you believe that I have chosen the wrong package, please change the bug to the correct one. Since you are not using the most recent Ubuntu release, someone could ask you to try with it to see if the problem is still present.. Good luck on getting it fixed!

affects: ubuntu → gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)
Yann Massard (yamass) wrote :

I have fixed the problem for my dell inspiron 9300 with the following script syncing the volumes of the master channel with those of the subwoofer and the headphones. I have added the script to the startup programs.


while true
 A=`amixer sget 'Master' | grep "Front Left: Playback"`
 amixer sset 'Master Mono' $A unmute
        amixer sset 'Headphone' $A unmute
 sleep 0.3

cokekid (cokekid) wrote :

I have a inpiron 9400 and have the same problem. I am running Ubuntu 10.10. It was also happening with 10.04. I tried Linux mint and all went fine but, I dont like mint, I like Ubuntu and would like to get this problem solved and yes im a newbie.

cokekid (cokekid) on 2010-11-13
Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
cokekid (cokekid) wrote :

why is there always a sound issue with ubuntu and i cant get seem to get answers half the time. is anyone even working on the sound problems. there needs to be some standardized apps for sound.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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