sound will only come out at max volume :( my ears hurt :P
although I wouldnt really consider myself a linux newbie, i deffinily am when it comes to audio.
I recently tried using headphones on my laptop. after 20 minutes of randomly fumbling with alsa and xmms options, i finaly got sound. I also almost ripped an eardrum. sound will only come out if the volume slider (for "IEC958 Playback AC97-SPSA" whatever that is) is at max. it is not a problem of a weak signal because when it comes out it blasts. I have no idea how to troubleshoot this one.