This is certainly the case. When I was packaging OSS for Xandros, our
initial default was 50 percent. We eventualyl made it about 30, because
even that was too loud on a laptop we were testing. There was little
coherance between the various soundcards.
Waking the neighbors is the smallest problem. Blowing a speaker or
makign the user deaf if quite another.
Yes, it's a distro problem. My Gentoo was build "-alsa" and so the
alsa-sound init script does not 'go'. A simple rebuild will solve the
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