I thought I fixed my low-sound-issue after I edited /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and added

options snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0

I did a reboot and now my sound is low again. All settings are at max...

  • Do you Beats Audio per chance?
    – elmato
    Sep 22 '15 at 1:31
  • Do I Beats Audio? What do you mean?
    – Morgan
    Sep 22 '15 at 16:46

Maybe this could help:

Hi there.

I've got the same Problem with my Asus Z97 Deluxe and the ALC1150 Audio Controller. In search for a solution i found this thread and added to my


as follows "options

snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0"

If that not works and you have a ALC883 or similar soundchip you may need to add to your

/etc/modules to "snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0"

After that reboot. It works fine with my board and i'm happy to hear my music in fine quality.

Best regards Elrico

It's from here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=181764&p=2

Seems like a few people who had your problem solved it with this.

  • When I added "options snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0" to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf it helped the first time I had this problem. After I did a reboot the sound was low. I also tried to add it to /etc/modules now but with same result... Audio still low...
    – Morgan
    Sep 22 '15 at 16:54
  • morgan@morgan:~$ aplay --list-devices **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC1150 Analog [ALC1150 Analog]
    – Morgan
    Sep 22 '15 at 17:28

I managed to find a solution for this. Just power off the computer completely and restart it. Sound back to normal!

  • Is "normal" the originally low volume or the tweaked-up volume?
    – wolf
    Oct 1 '16 at 22:06

Another approach would be to use pavucontrol to change the output level:

use pavucontrol to set output gain

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