How to set system volume rather than XBMC amplification ?

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chareos Offline
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Hi guys


The question in short:
Is there a way to make XBMC set the Master pulseaudio volume, rather than it's own internal volume ?


The story so far:

I'm trying to setup a living room media center.
Acually, I'm quite done, that's great, and XBMC is the true heart of it.

Now, I'm facing the last rough corner I'd like to smooth:
I want to regulate, via lirc remote, my system-wide volume.
Done. Works.

But I have a problem:
- XBMC has it's own (de)amplification settings which get regulated when changing volume.
So I disabled every occourring XBMC VolumeUp/Down from the xml kemap. This way, XBMC own volume is not touched, and the system-wide volume gets regulated... but with no visual feedback.
- No system (Ubuntu, so I'm talking about notify-osd) notifications are displayed on top of XBMC

So I think the solution for me would be make XBMC change the system-wide Master Pulseaudio volume rather than it's own.
Is there a switch, a way to do so ?
This way I could re-enable things in xml keymap, and still get beautiful, skin integrated OSD when changing system volume within XBMC.


Thanks for any hint !
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enkil Offline
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This is what I did:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=282930&postcount=5

You don't get any visual feedback on the mixer levels though
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chareos Offline
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Yes, that's almost the same I did myself

Still, screen notification is important to me.
Cause notify-osd can't display the notification on top of XBMC, I'm looking to let XBMC set system volume, then I'd rely on XBMC osd volume.

Is there a way ?
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spiff Offline
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Post: #4
write the necessary code..
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chareos Offline
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spiff Wrote:write the necessary code..

I fear that's quite out of my actual abilities.
Don't get me wrong, I partecipate to XBMC and skins and scrapers development being an early adopter and giving feedback... but coding is not really my job Smile

thank you anyway.
At least now I know it can't be done, and I won't spend anymore time trying to found a way to.
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what's the problem with setting the system volume at max once and play with (de) amplification at XBMC level?

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chareos Offline
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system-wide volume is important to me for watching streaming video (which, AFAIK is not yet supported in XBMC), ant it have to be moving.

What happens when I change the system volume, let's say to 30% ... then my wife starts xbmc ... and, no matter what, "volume" can't get high enough ?
Wink

It's just a matter of simplicity. I've to find the best one.
My best bet was to always rely on the system volume (and make xbmc change it).
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elpirata Offline
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I'm having this same issue, well, is not that its really an issue, just a nice feature.

ATM I'm forced to use this PC for both HTPC and normal usage, so, having the system volume set to 100% and control volume from within XBMC.... is sort of bad, but I just have to remember to set the volume to 100 before loading XBMC and then return the volume down before I shut off the system... otherwise... imagine the welcome sound played at 100% Full power over the Home Theather Sad

ELP

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