Originally posted by phil.d.g
as root run alsamixer in a terminal and set the volume to the required levels, then run `alsactl store`
The levels you set will then be automatically set every time you boot the computer
yes there seems to be conflicting opinions about alsa shutdown script and if it should save current settings og hold one default setting.
you apearently have scripts that do the latter so you have to change the default by hand like phil.d.g
has said -- or still better change the alsa shutdown scritp to do it for you