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I removed PulseAudio from my system following problems with Wine. Now things work well, including Spotify.

However, there is no way to control system volume, although I can control volume inside applications. When I click System->Preferences->Sound, a pop up says "Waiting for sound system to respond" and it gets stuck there.

Is there any alternative that would allow me to adjust system volume?

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Removing pulseaudio seems rather extreme action to fix Wine problems. Have you exhausted all other possibilities, such as using a different audio output as suggested here? – loevborg Dec 4 '10 at 17:56
Agreed. Just compiling wine with the winepulse patches would fix your sound problems without destroying the sound platform. Sounds hard if you haven't compiled anything but it's actually quite simple. – Oli Dec 5 '10 at 1:40
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Type alsamixer in terminal to adjust your volume levels.

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  • Open your home folder and Press Ctrl+H to show hidden folders
  • Delete the .pluse folder
  • Reboot
  • Now you can access System>>Preferences>>Sound
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You can also try gnome-alsamixer, which is a graphical interface for alsamixer. – Rafał Cieślak Dec 4 '10 at 19:10

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