Why sound not as loud
In my multi boot system (kubuntu, fedora, winxp) the sound volume is much lower in both of the linux OSs than in winxp.
I found a 'mixer' in kubuntu and pegged the volume ( it was previously at %80 ) but the sound is still nowhere near as loud as winxp. I know it's not my imagination because it's a significant enough difference that the windows startup sound stuns me if I forget to turn it down after running linux.
I'm not in front of my home PC at this time but I'll get more details later. i.e. alsa, what type of card, etc...