I have Fedora 20 + VLC 2.1.4. Whenever I change the volume in VLC, it affects the volume of my system as well.

Is there some setting/config that I can modify to prevent this from happening?

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    How do you change volume? Are you using keyboard multimedia keys?
    – Cornelius
    Jun 17, 2014 at 17:42
  • I'm using the scroll wheel to change volume. Jun 18, 2014 at 11:02

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This is due to PulseAudio configruation.
As mentioned here http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/User:Feystorm#PulseAudio_per-application_volume_control

PulseAudio supports per-application volume control, but by default this doesnt do much as you can only control these volumes from the pulseaudio volume control utility. Meaning that in an application like Audacious, when the output device is set to PulseAudio, and the volume control is set to hardware, it will adjust the master volume control, not the per-application volume control.

So, to fix this behavior set flat-volumes = no in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf to enable per-application volume control.

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