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Old 09-30-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
Location: Kalispell Montana
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Cool ? Volume control difficulty ?

I just installed Slackware 10.2, I'm using KDE, everything is working great, But what do I use to control the volume. It is just loud when I boot into KDE, I would like to control the volume with a slider, kinda like windows. Currently the sound is working great, I just have no volume controll. I was testing kmix, clicked on kmixer, output tab, now the slider for pcm will control the volume instead of the master slider. Now if I could only change that I'd then be able to use the slider pop up off of the little Bell Icon for kmix that I put on the right end of the task bar.

? Is there another program for this, or can I change the way kmix works ?
Old 10-01-2006, 12:38 AM   #2
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If I understand you correctly, you don't care about the Master Volume you just want to be able to manipulate PCM directly without having to open the full mixer. I think I have a solution for you but keep in mind that the Master channel should be functioning where I kinda get the impression that it doesn't for you. Someone might see this and have a solution for you.

Nonetheless it's not rare for someone to want their "master" channel to actually be something else. Right-click on the KMix icon in the tray and go into "Select Master Channel..." In there you should be able to change your "master" channel to the PCM channel. And that should work.

Just to make sure this works across logins... Check your ~/.kde/share/config/kmixrc file before and after and make sure the bolded line changed. Obviously your sound system and your sound device will be different but the syntax is the same.
bill@yogi:~$ cat ~/.kde/share/config/kmixrc

Mixer_Name_Key=Intel 82801CA-ICH3


[Global Shortcuts]
Decrease volume=F21
Increase volume=F22
Toggle mute=F20

Good luck!

EDIT: Just make sure you ran alsaconf and alsamixer, etc. Maybe that's why your master didn't work but I doubt it. In any case my presumption that your master channel should work might not be totally correct so just go through all options before you settle. In any case I hope I was able to help you.

Last edited by zetabill; 10-01-2006 at 12:43 AM.
Old 10-01-2006, 09:42 PM   #3
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Well, Zetabill
changing the channel to PCM alone made it work right,

thanks a bunch...


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