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I am using ubuntu 12.10. I had some problems with my skype and audio. So I did the following and it's working fine now:

sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo reboot

After this I reinstalled pulseaudio via

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

But now my icon in the gnome-panel is missing. After searching on google I found that that the sound-volume-applet ist missing.

So is this right? And do you get the icon in the panel?

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up vote 25 down vote accepted

Install the indicator-sound package which provides the normal ubuntu volumecontrol via the command

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

and to make the change take effect do

killall unity-panel-service
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Thank you. People all around the internet say it's part of different packages, but nobody got it right but you :) – Eduard Luca Feb 12 '14 at 11:46
You are awesome – pkrawat1 Aug 2 '15 at 14:46

Yet another variant (how I solved this problem): Go to dconf-editor (it's graphical settings editor for Gnmoe and Unity, maybe you need to install it first), there go to com->canonical->indicator->sound and check "visible". In my case it just turned to false after one update.


  1. sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
  2. dconf-editor
  3. com->canonical->indicator->sound and check visible
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In my case it just turned to false after one update. - and in my case, it just turned false ... and I have no idea why! But no need to install packages, and this was the fix I needed. – Davïd Nov 13 '14 at 10:55
For me the 'killall unity-panel-service' have not worked, but this one have worked properly. The visible option was not checked. (12.04 LTS) – Arpad Horvath Nov 16 '15 at 19:31

If using gnome, must change last order:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

killall gnome-panel

Works great!!

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