Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Ok, so I installed KDE on my Ubuntu 11.04 laptop. It worked ok, but I wanted to change back, and free up the space, so (having kept unity etc. installed), just rebooted into what GDM calls "Ubuntu". So far so good.

I then wanted to rid myself of all KDE packages, so di sudo apt-get remove kde* . I realise this was fairly silly.

Now I've lost my sound applet in the system tray. It's more annoying than anything else, but I've got used to the play/pause functionality, so it'd be nice to get it back. Thanks in advance for whatever help you may be able to give!

share|improve this question
up vote 8 down vote accepted

When you issue a command similar to the following, do you see indicator-sound-service?

ps ax | grep 'indicator'

In case the package was inadvertently removed, try the following:

Install via the software center


sudo apt-get install indicator-sound
share|improve this answer
Yes! reinstalling it helped. Must have uninstalled it by accident when I was removing KDE. Thanks for the (super-quick) help! – Jack Jun 1 '11 at 11:43
Glad to hear (read) that everything worked out for you with minimum fuss. – Kory Wnuk Jun 1 '11 at 22:12

Does this work?

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

share|improve this answer

in synaptic search for "sound indicator" and make sure it is installed! then you might have to re login.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.