Audio volume really low at 100%

Hey All–

I have searched the net and the forums here, but can’t really find anything that really helped me out with this audio issue. I know other people have had the problem, but I can’t seem to find a solution that works with my setup. I think I know what the problem is – pipewire setup and the like – but I need a second set of eyes that can offer an instruction set that may work for me.

Any suggestions are happily welcomed.


Kernel: 6.7.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
clocksource: tsc avail: acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=64756c86-744a-4fa5-952b-1e2ddf6e70ec rw rootflags=subvol=@
quiet loglevel=3 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.10 tk: Qt v: N/A wm: kwin_x11 with: krunner
dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 21DA000WUS v: ThinkPad T15p Gen 3
serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter>
Mobo: LENOVO model: 21DA000WUS v: SDK0T76538 WIN serial: <filter>
part-nu: LENOVO_MT_21DA_BU_Think_FM_ThinkPad T15p Gen 3
uuid: 0520eccc-31f0-11b2-a85c-a413d18f5b14 UEFI: LENOVO
v: N3EET35W (1.21 ) date: 11/08/2023
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 59.6 Wh (98.5%) condition: 60.5/68.0 Wh (88.9%)
volts: 12.8 min: 11.6 model: LGC 5B10W13960 type: Li-poly serial: <filter>
status: not charging cycles: 107
Info: model: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H socket: U3E1 bits: 64
type: MST AMCP arch: Alder Lake gen: core 12 level: v3 note: check
built: 2021+ process: Intel 7 (10nm ESF) family: 6 model-id: 0x9A (154)
stepping: 3 microcode: 0x430
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 14 mt: 6 tpc: 2 st: 8 threads: 20 smt: enabled
cache: L1: 1.2 MiB desc: d-8x32 KiB, 6x48 KiB; i-6x32 KiB, 8x64 KiB
L2: 11.5 MiB desc: 6x1.2 MiB, 2x2 MiB L3: 24 MiB desc: 1x24 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 554 high: 1214 min/max: 400/4600:4700:3500
base/boost: 2300/4700 scaling: driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave
volts: 1.2 V ext-clock: 100 MHz cores: 1: 594 2: 400 3: 697 4: 400 5: 1214
6: 400 7: 1100 8: 400 9: 696 10: 400 11: 1190 12: 400 13: 400 14: 400
15: 400 16: 400 17: 400 18: 400 19: 400 20: 400 bogomips: 107520
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P GT2 [Iris Xe Graphics] vendor: Lenovo
driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-12.2 process: Intel 10nm built: 2021-22+
ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2, DP-3, DP-4, HDMI-A-1
bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:46a6 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GA107M [GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile] vendor: Lenovo
driver: nvidia v: 545.29.06 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 545.xx+
status: current (as of 2024-02; EOL~2026-12-xx) arch: Ampere code: GAxxx
process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-2023 pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s
lanes: 8 link-max: lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:25a2
class-ID: 0302
Device-3: Bison Integrated Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 3-4:3 chip-ID: 5986:9106
class-ID: 0e02
Display: server: X.Org v: 21.1.11 with: Xwayland v: 23.2.4
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia unloaded: nouveau
alternate: fbdev,intel,nv,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915 display-ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1600x900 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 422x237mm (16.61x9.33")
s-diag: 484mm (19.05")
Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: BOE Display 0x08e2 built: 2019 res: 1600x900
hz: 60 dpi: 118 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x194mm (13.54x7.64") diag: 395mm (15.5")
ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: intel iris drv: nvidia platforms: device: 0
drv: nvidia device: 2 drv: iris device: 3 drv: swrast gbm: drv: nvidia
surfaceless: drv: nvidia x11: drv: iris inactive: wayland,device-1
API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: intel mesa v: 24.0.1-arch1.1
glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel Graphics (ADL GT2)
device-ID: 8086:46a6 memory: 30.33 GiB unified: yes
API: Vulkan v: 1.3.276 layers: 10 device: 0 type: integrated-gpu
name: Intel Graphics (ADL GT2) driver: mesa intel v: 24.0.1-arch1.1
device-ID: 8086:46a6 surfaces: xcb,xlib device: 1 type: discrete-gpu
name: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU driver: nvidia v: 545.29.06
device-ID: 10de:25a2 surfaces: xcb,xlib device: 2 type: cpu name: llvmpipe
(LLVM 16.0.6 256 bits) driver: mesa llvmpipe v: 24.0.1-arch1.1 (LLVM
16.0.6) device-ID: 10005:0000 surfaces: xcb,xlib
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake PCH-P High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:51c8 class-ID: 0403
API: ALSA v: k6.7.5-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.0.3 status: n/a (root, process) with:
1: pipewire-pulse status: active 2: wireplumber status: active
3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin 4: pw-jack type: plugin
tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:51f0 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e v: kernel
port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:1a1f class-ID: 0200
IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: <filter>
Info: services: NetworkManager, smbd, systemd-timesyncd, wpa_supplicant
Device-1: Intel AX211 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0
speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 3-10:4 chip-ID: 8087:0033
class-ID: e001
Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 5.3
lmp-v: 12 status: discoverable: no pairing: no class-ID: 6c010c
Local Storage: total: 953.87 GiB used: 280 GiB (29.4%)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: KIOXIA model: N/A
size: 953.87 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s
lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: 1108ANLA temp: 38.9 C
scheme: GPT
SMART: yes health: PASSED on: 1y 195d 7h cycles: 189
read-units: 27,525,543 [14.0 TB] written-units: 44,592,625 [22.8 TB]
ID-1: / raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%)
used: 279.98 GiB (29.4%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
maj-min: 259:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
used: 21.8 MiB (7.3%) fs: vfat block-size: 512 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%)
used: 279.98 GiB (29.4%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
maj-min: 259:2
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%)
used: 279.98 GiB (29.4%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
maj-min: 259:2
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 953.57 GiB size: 953.57 GiB (100.00%)
used: 279.98 GiB (29.4%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
maj-min: 259:2
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 31.05 GiB used: 775.5 MiB (2.4%)
priority: 100 comp: zstd avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 20
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (rpm): fan-1: 2177
Memory: total: 32 GiB available: 31.05 GiB used: 9.57 GiB (30.8%)
igpu: 64 MiB
Processes: 421 Power: uptime: 23m states: freeze,mem,disk suspend: s2idle
wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown, reboot, suspend, test_resume
image: 12.38 GiB services: org_kde_powerdevil, power-profiles-daemon,
upowerd Init: systemd v: 255 default: graphical tool: systemctl
Packages: 1996 pm: pacman pkgs: 1975 libs: 584 tools: gnome-software,
octopi, pamac, paru pm: flatpak pkgs: 21 Compilers: gcc: 13.2.1 alt: 12
Shell: garuda-inxi (sudo) default: Bash v: 5.2.26 running-in: konsole
inxi: 3.3.33
Garuda (2.6.23-1):
System install date:     2023-11-18
Last full system update: 2024-02-19 ↻
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut nvidia-dkms
Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Failed units:

Please install the package alsa-utils, then run the command ‘alsamixer’ in a terminal. Unmute any/all channels and run them up to full values. That should help. :smiley:

The ‘swoosh’ indicates a reboot is necessary. KDEE needs that. :wink:

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No go Bro I’m afraid.


Don’t be shy about experimenting.

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Only have the one –


Forum search, too. This is not a new topic, I’m afraid.

Have you rebooted? :smiley:

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snort yeah – this only started really after a reload of my Garuda due to a royal Charlie Foxtrot I committed – I have just finished a garuda-update too. I have been racking my noggin on this for a couple of months now and finally said I’d look to you lot for help on it.

I understand. Everyday I’m confronted with a new self-inflicted problem. Today, it’s trying to help troubleshoot Linux problems from a newly installed Windows 11 environment, while trying to fix my @$%^^! Bing wallpaper malfunction. LOL!

Windows is new to me; Linux is not. I’ll be back. Buenos suerte! :smiley:

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Try using something like easyeffects or jamesdsp. Some laptops (like me) just have shit speakers and windows uses dolby to adjust them we can use easyeffects or jamesdsp or some other software you want for same.

I personally use easyeffects but fair warning easy effect alone is useless you need it’s various “optional plugins” for any effect to happen also there is sometimes a 2-3s delay specifically in YT between video and audio when starting a YT video and you need to rewind to sync stuff.

From an old post,

I believe that termbin link has expired. Here is a fresh one just in case you want to use my preset →

Hmm just noticed this. What exactly do you mean? please provide all details.

In this case have you tried to reset pipewire?


Personally, unless you’re an audiophile, I would go with jamesdsp. Much simpler to configure. But neither should solve you’re current problem.

Now I’m in a live Garuda ISO, prepping an ext4 partition so I can install Arch this PM. Then I can be a bit more help.

I wonder what pavucontrol-qt would show?


Well bugger me sideways and call me a turnip … @Bro you’re a gem! See, second set of eyes is what I need. As it stood, my applications volume was set to 25%. Bumped that to 100% and viola!

@NaN – Thanks for the suggestions. I did reset pipewire but it didn’t change a thing. I didn’t want to install JamesDSP quite right yet, as I knew the answer was simple and didn’t want to over complicate things.

Both of you are gawds – just so you know! I appreciate you both and am glad you lot are around when the obvious is blind to me.



With your turn of phrase you were bound to find a solution sooner or later. :wink:

Welcome to Garuda–we may not fix your social situation, but we can make you smile.


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