I just installed openSUSE the other day on a partition on an external hard drive and the audio is extremely quiet. I have to turn my speakers up all the way in order to hear stuff and even then the audio is kinda distorted and still pretty low. I have PCM, Master, and Speaker turned up all the way in KMixer and Alsamixer (I've heard people talking about a channel called, "Front" but I don't have it.)
I'm really new to Linux so if you could treat me like so I'd appreciate it haha. Will give any info you need.
Here is some basic information to start.
Linux linux-i04s 220.127.116.11-0.1-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.sYhCI1EfSbC:82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel