I know this thread is a bit old but its the only thread I could find,
I too lost my applet everything was going great , I did not mind not seeing the icon as I could get sound any way. but then went to make a skype call with vid only to find the mic did not work, on looking in the settings, there appears to be NO hard ware installed, they where there last week as I had to change a setting in there from stereo to surround, but now there are NO settings available and according to the settings NO sound installed. but still get sound out of the speakers.
Any suggestions please would be grateful...thanks in advance.