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The indicator applet works. alsamixer works. amixer commands work but they won't use notify-osd to display the volume levels.

I followed the solution present here: Volume keys are working in unity but not in xfce4 But it does not work. I restarted the xfce4-volumed. How can I know which card is it using?

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This could be due to the startup bug that affects several XFCE4 daemons:

If so, a workaround is to not start xfce4-volumed in daemon mode. Create a file ~/.config/autostart/xfce4-volumed.desktop containing something like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=xfce4-volumed --no-daemon
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