Hello, I'm a Linux newbie who's been trying out several distros, and I just stumbled across Linux Mint, and was very impressed with how easily it installed, even got my wireless adapter working right away (all other distros I tried, including K/Ubuntu, gave me lots of grief there) and had no problems getting my monitor set at the correct native resolution (again, most distros I tried seemed to take a dislike to my onboard graphics chip).
However, I'm having one odd problem which I haven't encountered before: in Linux Mint, my sound is incredibly low. I turn the volume all the way up using the mixer applet in the panel, and I physically turn the volume knob on my speakers to maximum, and hardly any sound comes out. It's there, but very faint. Would anyone have any ideas about what could be causing that, and how to fix it?
Also, a little thing, but while I was playing with setting up my panel with the stuff I wanted in it, I accidentally removed the applet which shows whether the wireless is connected and when it is, displays the signal strength. When I go to add a new applet to the panel, I can't find anything which restores this app. Can anyone help?