how to fix speaker volume problem in ubuntu

I am using ubuntu 13.10, i have an external speaker in my laptop, and that speaker is connected to the pc. Whenever the system is turned on, the volume of speaker is really very low. Even when the volume is turned to the maximum, it has low volume. I also tried increasing the power of the laptop, but then i also can’t hear anything. How to solve this problem?

A:

Try to increase the volume on system settings and see if that works. If not, go to a terminal and try typing alsamixer (and hit enter) and try raising the volumes until it works.
sudo apt-get install alsa-utils

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if alsamixer is not installed
you can use
sudo apt-get install alsa-utils

to install alsamixer.

A:

First, make sure your speaker is connected, by plugging it into the headphone port.
Next, plug a USB speaker into the headphones port and try to increase the volume. You should be able to hear a difference there.

A:

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and the command alsamixer gave me the following:
[email protected]:~$ alsamixer
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory
[email protected]:~$

But the alsamixer command from the other answer was able to open the mixer settings. Here is my result:
[email protected]:~$ alsamixer

[email protected]:~$

I am not sure if it is the same command, but you should give it a try.
Also check if this command is the same:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsactl store

It should look like this:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsactl store
LoadModule: /usr/lib/alsa/modules/alsa-lib.so
[email protected]:~$

If this is the case, then you may have an issue with your speakers (or headphones).
If this is not the case and the command from the other answer worked then try to find out what the issue is (for example you can type:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsamixer

And then press F6. This should give you a list of devices. The default sound card should be listed and then in the ‘default’ setting you should find your external sound card:

EDIT: In your case the default settings should be turned off.
EDIT2: If it still doesn’t work, try to use:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsactl store

Followed by
sudo alsactl store

and try again. If this is the case, you should be able to see what the issue is.
Also try to use:
[email protected]:~$ alsamixer

And see if you can increase the volume there.
EDIT3: Try also to type:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsamixer

This should give you the default settings, however you may try to change those to something else. If that is the case, you can do it by using the up and down buttons.
This has been tested with my laptop (HP Envy) and with Ubuntu 13.10.

EDIT4: This has been tested with my speakers and with Ubuntu 13.04.
EDIT5: If you have not yet tried to try the command from the other answer, try to type:
[email protected]:~$ alsactl restore

And then type:
sudo alsactl store

If this doesn’t work, you may have to unplug your speaker and then plug it again.
Also try:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsamixer

If this doesn’t work, you should try to ask for help here (by adding this link).
EDIT6: Try to type:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsactl

Or you may type:
[email protected]:~$ sudo alsactl restore

To open alsamixer.
EDIT7: This has been tested with my laptop (HP Envy) and with Ubuntu 13.10.

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