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After upgrading my Xubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 I have some problems:

  • the NetworkManager is not in the taskbar, I think that is the notifications-applet (german: "Nachrichtenanzeige")
  • the sound-indicator-applett in the systray is gone
  • I have no sound, that means, I still have sound if I start VLC with

    sudo mpg123 test.mp3

So it seems there is a right problem

the systray problem:

The systray's notifications-applet is usually looking like this:

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or this:


it is not working anymore. No audio-settings and no network-manager in the taskbar in XFCE: there is just one small box with nothing in it.

When I install stalonetray, there I see the status of wicd and all the other statuses, so the systray seems to be broken.

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possible duplicate of Volume indicator issue after xubuntu 13.10 upgrade – rubo77 Oct 31 '13 at 15:44

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add yourself to the group audio with

adduser yourself audio

then you can play sounds again as yourself.


see: Volume indicator issue after xubuntu 13.10 upgrade

This is noted on the release notes for Xubuntu 13.10 and is a known issue.

It is this bug

You can use the workround:

Edit the service file

gksu mousepad /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service

It will look like

[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound

Comment out the last line and enter a new one, should look like

[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound

Save that and log out an in again


no solution yet

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I installed kubuntu-desktop with wicd and removed network-manager.

There was only one thing I had to do:
the file resolv.conf was a relative link to ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

I changed that symlink to be absolute and the daemon now runs

etc/resolv.conf -> /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

Now wicd works instead of network-manager and everything looks fine in KDE ;)

(but this is no solution for Xubuntu)

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