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I lost both my startup and shutdown sounds. I restored the startup sound adding it to Startup programs, but I don't know how to restore my shudown sound. I checked if the sound file is in /usr/share/sounds/ and there it is... So, any help, please?

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there are same Problem on my System... No Logout Sound will playing. all Files are present, but not sound will playing after "Logout" ... What can i do more? ty Lupo – lupopa Jul 8 '12 at 13:59

You can try running dconf-editor and setting the value of org/gnome/desktop/application/sound to ubuntu.
Like in the following screenshot: enter image description here

Worked for me when I had the same problem.

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I tried it but it didn't work for me. And when I login after try freedesktop is restored as theme-name. – Pepe Feb 21 '12 at 15:23
@Pepe After modifying in dconf-editor, can you open the sound panel and see if Default is selected? – yossile Feb 21 '12 at 15:33
Do you mean the default sound alert? It is. – Pepe Feb 21 '12 at 16:33
I restarted twice the system and I looks that the ubuntu theme is set, but still there's no shutdown sound. – Pepe Feb 21 '12 at 16:41

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