I'm not completely new to Linux but this is my first attempt to switch from Windows completely. I've managed to solve most of the issues but this one is still a mystery to me...
My motherboard is Asus P5GD1 with Realtek ALC880 audio. I have installed Slackware 11 with kernel 188.8.131.52.
On Windows it works perfectly. I can go with the volume up to the top and the sound is still perfect. At the top, my ears really hurt (in the headphones) but the quality is still superb. Nothing to complain about...
The situation is different on Linux. If I use the mixer to go with "front" and "pcm" to the top, the sound is really bad. It sounds like there's simply too much bass and my headphones go crazy. To have a decent sound quality I have to limit the "pcm" volume to about a half. But then the problem is that the sound is simply not loud enough. So in the end - I cannot really use the Linux to listen to music...
Just to clarify: when I put all the sliders up to the top on both Windows and Linux, the loudness is more or less the same. The problem is the quality which is much worse on Linux - too much bass which results in a distorted sound.
I've tried going for the new Alsa 14rc1 but it did not help...
Any other ideas what could improve the audio quality at higher volumes? If I don't solve this problem, I'll have to go back to Windows
Asus P5GD1 with ALC880/Intel HDA
Alsa 13/14rc1 (tried both)
Module Size Used by
nvidia 4707924 32
snd_seq_oss 32256 0
snd_seq_midi_event 6016 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 45776 4 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 6924 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 42912 0
snd_mixer_oss 16000 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_hda_intel 17048 1
snd_hda_codec 200624 1 snd_hda_intel
snd_pcm 70792 3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_timer 19844 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 45924 11 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm,snd _timer
snd_page_alloc 8072 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
ipv6 228704 85
sg 28188 0
fuse 42516 6
capability 3464 0
commoncap 5376 1 capability
agpgart 28336 1 nvidia
lp 10312 0
parport_pc 24900 1
parport 31560 2 lp,parport_pc
pcspkr 2560 0
psmouse 37384 0