Sound volume is very low at startup

Every-time after booting the audio is very low. If i right click on the “Sound preference Applet” and mute and unmute the audio again, a higher audio level is back (I use mate-desktop).

The problem appeared just lately. The kernel on my inxi -Fzx is showing the latest kernel i do have installed.
The newest kernel is Linux 5.15.4-201.fc35.x86_64

System:
  Kernel: 5.14.18-300.fc35.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 2.37-10.fc35 Desktop: MATE 1.26.0 
  Distro: Fedora release 35 (Thirty Five) 
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: CompuLab product: Intense-PC v: 1.x serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: CompuLab model: Intense-PC v: 1.x serial: <filter> UEFI: Phoenix 
  v: IPC_2.2.400.5 X64 date: 03/15/2018 
Battery:
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mouse 
  charge: 55% (should be ignored) status: Discharging 
  Device-2: hidpp_battery_1 model: Logitech Wireless Keyboard 
  charge: 55% (should be ignored) status: Discharging 
CPU:
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i7-3517UE bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 cache: L2: 4 MiB 
  flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 17561 
  Speed: 798 MHz min/max: 800/2800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 798 
  3: 798 4: 798 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel 
  bus-ID: 00:02.0 
  Device-2: Sunplus Innovation FHD Camera Microphone type: USB 
  driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-1.6:4 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: loaded: modesetting 
  unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 2560x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB GT2) v: 4.2 Mesa 21.2.5 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 
  Device-2: Sunplus Innovation FHD Camera Microphone type: USB 
  driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-1.6:4 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.14.18-300.fc35.x86_64 running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.40 running: yes 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network driver: e1000e v: kernel 
  port: 4080 bus-ID: 00:19.0 
  IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter vendor: AzureWave 
  driver: rtl8192ce v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 
  IF: wlp4s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-3: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 2000 bus-ID: 06:00.0 
  IF: enp6s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-1: virbr1 state: down mac: <filter> 
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: IMC Networks type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-1.3:3 
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 223.58 GiB used: 86.11 GiB (38.5%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WDS240G2G0A-00JH30 
  size: 223.58 GiB 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 221.9 GiB used: 85.91 GiB (38.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3 
  ID-2: /boot size: 1007.3 MiB used: 194.2 MiB (19.3%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/sda2 
  ID-3: /boot/efi size: 574.8 MiB used: 13.8 MiB (2.4%) fs: vfat 
  dev: /dev/sda1 
  ID-4: /home size: 221.9 GiB used: 85.91 GiB (38.7%) fs: btrfs 
  dev: /dev/sda3 
Swap:
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) dev: /dev/zram0 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: 53.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:
  Processes: 264 Uptime: 1m Memory: 15.05 GiB used: 1.35 GiB (9.0%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 11.2.1 Packages: N/A 
  note: see --pkg Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 inxi: 3.3.06

Will you try wireplumber

dnf swap pipewire-media-session wireplumber
systemctl --user --now disable pipewire-media-session
systemctl --user --now enable wireplumber

Why are you assuming that wireplumber is not running?

● wireplumber.service - Multimedia Service Session Manager
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/wireplumber.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Mon 2021-11-29 10:21:25 -03; 1h 32min ago
   Main PID: 2095 (wireplumber)
      Tasks: 4 (limit: 18438)
     Memory: 10.9M
        CPU: 473ms
     CGroup: /user.slice/user-1000.slice/user@1000.service/session.slice/wireplumber.service
             └─2095 /usr/bin/wireplumber

I’m not reporting about a new installation or an major update. I just observed this problem lately and also on the laptop where I run Fedora-Linux 35 with a Mate-Desktop too.

I thought it could be that issue but happy to see that you are runing plumber so that should not be the issue but reinstalling maybe fix this issue you can try that and if that problem still there kindly post bug report in bugzilla
https://bugzilla.redhat.com

That was my bad.

I have the same issue

  Kernel: 5.15.4-201.fc35.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 2.37-10.fc35 Desktop: GNOME 41.1 
  Distro: Fedora release 35 (Thirty Five) 
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: UX550VE v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: ASUSTeK model: UX550VE v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: UX550VE.307 date: 04/19/2019 
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 32.8 Wh (69.1%) condition: 47.5/73.8 Wh (64.4%) 
  volts: 15.4 min: 15.4 model: ASUSTeK ASUS Battery status: Discharging 
CPU:
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-7700HQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Kaby Lake rev: 9 cache: L2: 6 MiB 
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 
  bogomips: 44798 
  Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/3800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 
  3: 800 4: 800 5: 801 6: 800 7: 800 8: 840 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel HD Graphics 630 vendor: ASUSTeK driver: i915 v: kernel 
  bus-ID: 00:02.0 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: nvidia v: 495.44 bus-ID: 01:00.0 
  Device-3: IMC Networks USB2.0 VGA UVC WebCam type: USB driver: uvcvideo 
  bus-ID: 1-4:2 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: loaded: modesetting,nvidia 
  unloaded: fbdev,nouveau,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 630 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.5 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel CM238 HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.4-201.fc35.x86_64 running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.40 running: yes 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: e000 
  bus-ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac: <filter> 
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB driver: btusb 
  v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-9:3 
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 50.68 GiB (10.6%) 
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: MZVLW512HMJP-00000 
  size: 476.94 GiB temp: 29.9 C 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 214.47 GiB used: 50.37 GiB (23.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 
  mapped: luks-24d56692-edfe-4ae7-8879-80821d8fda14 
  ID-2: /boot size: 975.9 MiB used: 246.1 MiB (25.2%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 
  ID-3: /boot/efi size: 259.8 MiB used: 70.9 MiB (27.3%) fs: vfat 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 
  ID-4: /home size: 214.47 GiB used: 50.37 GiB (23.5%) fs: btrfs 
  dev: /dev/dm-0 mapped: luks-24d56692-edfe-4ae7-8879-80821d8fda14 
Swap:
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) dev: /dev/zram0 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2800 
Info:
  Processes: 344 Uptime: 3h 24m Memory: 15.5 GiB used: 3.68 GiB (23.8%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 11.2.1 Packages: 30 
  note: see --pkg Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 inxi: 3.3.06 

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With the newest kernel (5.15.5-200) the problem not exists anymore.

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coming back to this, I just started Alsamixer and noticed the max is 55 instead of 100. Is this normal? I didn’t change anything

Screenshot from 2021-12-12 13-55-44

You can increase the volume if it helps, but note on the top of the bar it gets red. Could be annoyingly loud for a system who works perfect.

P.S.
Did you apply the lately released update of Alsa?

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ah yes, after the update everything was normal again :slight_smile:

just a little heads up. The volume still didn’t was as loud as my Windows partition so I had a second look at Alsamixer and the main Master was at 100 but after selecting my sound card the Master on the very left was at 55. After maxing everything it’s finally perfect!

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