When i try to adjust the volume, my sound is completely silent until about 3/4 the way through the volume slider. In that upper 1/4 of the volume slider, there is only coarse adjustment from very quiet to max volume.
I know it's an arch/linux issue, because it doesn't happen in Windows on the same machine, and it was there before I reinstalled from scratch last week (not for this issue). It's also in both gnome and xfce4--whether through the GUI, or through alsamixer. It's always the same.
Does anyone know what is causing this, or how to fix it?
Try using the Pulse Audio Volume Control applet (pavucontrol). I find it gives a much larger range of volume on my machine than Alsa Mixer does.
Actually you might find the following a better solution (haven't tried it yet myself).
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pu … k_properly