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Alsa wasn't functioning well on my laptop. The open source OSS sound system also failed to install. So I installed the closed source version of OSS and it is working fine. But the volume indicator applet in the system tray disappeared after installing OSS. The sound manager in System -> Preferences is giving an error. I tried to do sudo apt-get install oss4-gtk but it also tries to install `oss4-base'(which is open source version). How can I install the volume indicator applet and sound manager for closed source version of OSS?

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There's a closed source version of OSS? Can you be more specific as to which version you've installed? – Oli Nov 30 '10 at 9:28
Yes. That's what I am using. – nixnotwin Nov 30 '10 at 10:18
There is indeed, who knew! – Stefano Palazzo Nov 30 '10 at 10:25
In my humble opinion, you should have try to find a way to make ALSA work. Installing the "closed source version of OSS" I don't call that a solution but more problems to come. – Nyamiou The Galeanthrope Nov 30 '10 at 16:18
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The backend is tied to a pulse sink, so you need to load the oss module in /etc/pulse/ instead of using udev-detect.

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