This is what I see when I click on my "X'ed out" Volume control (lower right corner of what would be my "system tray" in a Windows system.... : "No Sound. No GStreamer found" [.]
And yet? Every once in a great while my sound DOES show up. Bianca, in my case.
Dual booting (from 2 hard drives). ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 motherboard. Linux Mint Bianca over on the Linux side.
Sound ALWAYS works on the Windows side (in games, and in Win2K), I don't, however, really want to enable any Windows-side media just to get sound. The Windows system is less and less stable the more I open it up.
At the moment, Win2K doesn't even realize the Linux HD is in the system. Linux DOES recognize (most of the time) the Windows HD. SO I generally CAN move files from Linux into Windows, if required/desired). Just not the other way round.
In any case: Sproradic sound is my issue. Suggestions, or investagative threads welcome.