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Realtek ALC888 and Ubuntu Hardy Heron low audio problem

Last night I installed Ubuntu 8.04 and I’m so impressed. I did the WbUI version. And let me tell you, It was the easiest OS install I have ever done. Everything is great only one problem. My audio was really quiet. I have an Realtek ALC888 chipset. I had to crank my speakers to get a descent volume.

I found a solution.

Even through I have my speakers plugged into the ‘Green’ standard front channel jack Ubuntu thinks it’s plugged into the side channel.

  1.  Open up the ALSA mixer[double click on the speaker at the top by the time]
  2. Click on Edit->Preferences
  3. Check all of the output channels
  4. Turn the volume up on all the devices till you find the right channel(be careful if you have your speakers still cranked or you’ll soil yourself)

Thats it. Easy.