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I kind of have a problem. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and my sound seems to be fine. I can play videos etc. The trouble I have is the indicator-sound applet shows as a speaker with three hyphens as if it is in mute. The slider to turn the volume up/down looks like how you would expect it to be if it was muted. But I have sound.

I want to fix this so I can use that slider for what it is meant for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I don't know the exact details of my sounds card. All I could tell you at this moment is it is onboard sound on a Gateway DX4860 (tower).

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Could you add a screen-shoot? You can upload it in Imgur and link it into your question. –  Lucio Mar 28 '13 at 3:17
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Thanks Lucio, I found the problem this morning, it has to do with me moving my home to a second HDD formatted as NTFS. Ubuntu changed ownership of that to root and will not let me change it to me (gksudo nautilus or sudo chown -R paul /home/paul –  maramyfriend Mar 28 '13 at 22:02
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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! I'm glade that you find the solution. Please, create a new answer to tell us how did you resolved the problem. That is how the site work. Is more useful than show it into a comment. Thanks! –  Lucio Mar 29 '13 at 0:08

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Answer created by @maramyfriend in a comment:

Thanks Lucio, I found the problem this morning, it has to do with me moving my home to a second HDD formatted as NTFS. Ubuntu changed ownership of that to root and will not let me change it to me (gksudo nautilus or sudo chown -R paul /home/paul

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