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I'm currently using Ubuntu 9.04 and I believe that ALSA is the sound server. There is an irritating piece in that, I have to turn the sound all the way up from the command line utility and then adjust the volume from either the applet or the buttons on my laptop, which I don't think work right.
Is it possible to turn the sound way down in ALSA and still hear sound without have to turn up ALSA first?