After some time working with the system volume icon is no longer in the system tray and Fn-F11 / Fn-F12 do not work.

Restarting plasmashell does not fix the problem.

How do I restore it back without restarting the system or re-login? At least having some workaround would be nice.

  • Why got this question down-voted?
    – TheDiveO
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 18:37

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It seems that the issue was that plasma-pa package was missing. I guess it got uninstalled for some reason.

Reinstalling it and restarting plasmashell fixes the problem:

sudo apt-get install plasma-pa
killall plasmashell
plasmashell &
  • Thank you very much! This fixed my audio issue since upgrading to Kubuntu 17.10, where the audio volume keys wouldn't control any audio anymore, but only showing the audio OSD,
    – TheDiveO
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 18:37
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    TY Man. I have same issue and this solution fixed my problem. Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 20:34
  • helped me after 4 years, after i messed up things while trying to enable mic support using pipewire + pulseaudio!
    – Shod
    Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 8:36

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