Closed Bug 1430907 Opened 3 years ago Closed 7 months ago
Windows Volume Mixer still creates extra volume sliders for content processes
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STR: 1. Open sndvol.exe on Windows 10. (Right-click the speaker in the system tray and select "Open Volume Mixer") 2. Launch Firefox 3. Create a few (usually two is enough) new tabs Expected Results: There is only one volume slider for Nightly in the volume mixer Actual Results: There are multiple sliders. ---------- This is really the original bug in bug 1358372. There, we landed a few hacks that reduce the impact of the issue but we still need a fix. We've reported the problem to Microsoft but it shouldn't be an issue for us anyway once audio remoting lands. This bug tracks all that.
One slider per tab that's playing media/per media element, could also be interesting, but only if Firefox synchronized that slider with the volume slider of the media element. (each slider in the mixer would have the tab's title + the number of active media elements in that tab  , if there are more than one) And a general slider ("Firefox") for all other sounds (notifications), that aren't playing at all times. Just a suggestion. I don't even know, if it's possible to implement it :)
I'm having the same issue ever since Mozilla quantum was released originally. (Widnows 7 Home prerium x64) No other program does this (Chrome, Discord, etc. all work fine.) The icons stay in the volume mixer even after shutting mozilla firefox down. See picture below. https://i.imgur.com/MRyEGGB.png Picture was taken after the firefox had been shut down. These icons don't reset untill I restart my computer.
in which bug is audio remoting being tracked actually? @z check out your Taskmanager whether Firefox still runs. If it still does after closing it, then you have another bug to report ;) This one will be fixed overtime, but the sliders don't stay if you close the browser(therefore I guess, that yours is still running in the background).
Im having the same issue with win 8.1 x64. FF closed, 5 volume panels still up crowding my freaking volume mixer. Was going to post I screen shot, but I see no way here.
This bug, coupled with another one here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1407288 ...is causing a significant negative impact on the usability. From my other post: > ..especially for Bluetooth headset users. I have to constantly open the Volume Mixer and slide Firefox bar lower because it keeps matching to the "Headphones" volume bar. When the Firefox and Headphones are matched, Firefox is so loud that lowering the system volume to "4" is still too loud, while going one bar lower to "2" completely mutes the sound. As a result, the only solution to enjoy any kind of media on Firefox at normal low sound level is to every time open the Volume Mixer and lower the Firefox bar, which then allows making Firefox's sound reasonably low upon using the system volume control at the 4-10 range. It doesn't help that there is another bug where Firefox injects dozens of Firefox entries under Volume Mixer. This makes it harder to find the actual slider that needs to be lowered. < Current situation: 1. Use the keyboard to set the Windows 10 volume to "4". Firefox is still too loud. (Windows 10, Bluetooth headphones) 2. Open Volume Mixer. The "Headphones" (aka Windows 10 volume you adjust with the keyboard) and "Firefox" are synchronized. 3. Lower the Firefox volume to half of Headphones. 4. Do something that triggers the volume mixer bug. 5. Play a sound at volume level 4. Firefox is too loud again. 6. Open Volume Mixer and you'll notice the Headphones and Firefox are once again synchronized and at the same level, because Firefox bug created a new Firefox entry under Volume Mixer. The old Firefox entry was un-altered, but now the new one needs to be lowered too. 7. The cycle continues. Dozens of Firefox entries can appear under Volume Mixer, making the previous adjustments useless. Media consumption becomes a problem. Since this is not merely a cosmetic issue, could you possibly review the bug priority for this and the other volume mixer bug? Thanks.
it keeps matching to the volumes bar probably because it creates threads. That is part of this issue. The rest isn't as far as I can see. Your issue sounds quite annoying, but you don't seem to be the only one to which it happens. It's definitely a bug in windows/your bluetooth driver and not in Firefox, the driver doesn't set the volume correctly for some reason. Here is the workaround that allows you to set the max. volume way lower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN38FlUiClU It would be nice if this bug that's actually discussed here, will get fixed one day, yes. But at least the volume sliders of each video/audio element on a webpage still work. (soundcloud, youtube etc. have their own sliders to adjust the volume after all) Currently I wouldn't recommend using the sliders in the windows mixer at all. If you want the volume bug fixed in windows, then you might want to use "Windows Feedback", one of Microsoft's forums or call/mail microsoft's support. Regards PS: I'm not working at Mozilla
Now that you've mentioned threading, I recall another issue. There was another reproducible problem with the Bluetooth audio stuttering (persistent stutter as if 1 FPS, would not go away until adapter reset) after interacting with a video playback on Firefox. Sysinternals Process Monitor showed that at the time when stutter would start, Firefox would create/close threads. When I pause/play a video the browser would create/close threads according to Sysinternals. Is this normal? I've since managed to solve the problem by doing multiple re-installs and the finally installed Firefox 62 Beta, and the solved the Bluetooth stutter for now. I was not having the Volume Mixer duplication problem back then. Now, it's having the Volume Mixer duplication issue, but not the Bluetooth audio stutter. Is that the OS that's responsible for creating threads for Firefox and it's something that can only be fixed by Microsoft? I ask because if a Mozilla employee filed the bug with Microsoft, that could get us somewhere, wheres a Windows 10 Feedback report most likely won't yield any results if submitted by an ordinary user.
I have no clue, but the issue you had is fixed in newer Firefox versions (somehow), so you also can't reproduce it anymore. and this bug report isn't about this issue. If you feel, that there is still something that needs to be solved, then you might as well open another bug report for that ;) (we should keep this issue clean :))
I've just updated Firefox (to 63.0) and I'm now seeing this bug for the first time. I haven't used any webpage that would use audio, yet I now have 6 Firefox or Mozilla Firefox items showing in Volume Mixer. When the first two appeared I muted them, and the muting has now appeared on all the additional copies. Windows 10 (1803) on Dell Inspiron N7710 with 6GB RAM. Closing Firefox leaves all the instances in Volume Mixer. Interestingly, after looking at the Firefox About to see the version number, the third of the instances is now called "Console Window Host" with a Firefox logo. Opening Firefox again has created two more instances - so I now have 8. Looking through Task Manager I can't see anything running with a Firefox logo. Other programs like VLC Media Player are creating a single instance in Volume Mixer and correctly disappearing as soon as they are closed. Chrome doesn't even appearing since it isn't needing to use audio.
This bug affects me as well. I'm on firefox 63.0.3, on windows 10 (1803) and on a . Firefox icon's dont dissapear, which leads in my case to about 10 identical firefox sliders in the windows volume mixer. Impossible to tell which one corresponds to the live firefox.
I had19 entries for Firefox in my Volume Mixer (perhaps some are from a closed Firefox instance and some are from the active Firefox instance). I'm on 65.0a1 2018-12-08 64-bit, Windows 10. However, a short time later, I'm back down to one: it's unclear what changed. :Jimm, can you elaborate on why this prioritized as P5? When this bug occurs, it makes the Windows system less usable.
Flags: needinfo?(kinetik) → needinfo?(danielboontje)
Flags: needinfo?(davidp99) → needinfo?(kinetik)
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Pushed by firstname.lastname@example.org: https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/483dac65ecb0 Part 1 - Remove AudioSession from Windows content process r=kinetik
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