Default sound level for headphones in 11.2 (Gnome)

If I set the level for headphone via Yast/Sound at 50% it is back to 100% after a reboot … what gives?

Pulse-Audio vs. alsa ?

I’m running a Dell latitude D830 and the card is 82801 H (ICH8 family) and the driver is snd-hda-intel

 /sbin/lspci | grep -i audio
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02

aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
  Subdevices: 0/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: STAC92xx Digital [STAC92xx Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

aplay -L
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    Front speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
    HDA Intel, STAC92xx Digital
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)

Anybody has a solution for this? I want to know too. Could it be related to write permission on some files? Or is it some default settings for audio?

I’d check the settings in the mixer.

One thing I notice when I open up the alsamixer is that it displace the Card & Chip as PulseAudio. If I navigate to Select sound card (via F6) I can set it as HDA Intel. Perhaps that is a part of the probelm?