In elementary OS (both Freya and Loki) my laptop's sound is quiet , sometimes distorted and any volume level below 50 % can hardly be heard (100 % is also not loud enough).

In Windows 10 (with sound drivers) the speakers are much more powerful and louder and can be heard even at 10 % volume.

What should I do to make the speakers louder on elementary OS.

My laptop is a HP Pavilion g7 2269wm

  • what sound card do you have? have you looked for manufacturer drivers for it?
    – user170
    Jan 9, 2017 at 10:04
  • Intel HD Audio sound card
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:17
  • I would try to see if this is an elementary-specific issue, an ubuntu-specific, or a linux-specific one, by testing also with other linuxes from live usb and such - then you can try and post this on askubuntu or U&L
    – user170
    Jan 10, 2017 at 13:13
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    Its the same on Ubuntu 16.04 (elementary is based on it)
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 10, 2017 at 15:29

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The fact that the sound is distorted and the great difference to what happens in Windows may indicate a driver or codec problem.

To boost sound above 100%: System Settings - Sounds: "Allow louder than 100%"

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Installing pavucontrol can be useful for more options.

  • If I increase it above 100 % it gets even more distorted
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:22
  • @SuiciDoga ~ that was to be expected given you mentioned distortion at even lower levels. Is this problem always the same no matter the sound origin? For example is it the same for local files of different formats, youtube and other online sound, etc?
    – user170
    Jan 10, 2017 at 13:10
  • Everything except Minecraft music is distorted for basses.
    – Suici Doga
    Jan 10, 2017 at 15:30
  • This is not an answer , sound above 100 is very distorted.
    – Suraj Jain
    Jan 20, 2017 at 9:12
  • @SurajJain - On my system it's not distorted. - As far as answers go, the above is the only one, and up to the OP to decide.
    – user170
    Jan 20, 2017 at 23:21

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