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Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby tacoz on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:55 am

The indicator... Sound Settings on Mint XFCE behaves-n-looks different to the one in Xubuntu
The volume slider is similiar but when one selects Settings, the Mixer dialog pops up and various slider controls are presented
In Xubuntu, one had the option--amongst many others--of moving the slider beyound 100%
The sound in Mint is a noticably softer than I used to experience in Xubuntu...
Is there a way to tweak this?
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby aac74 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:10 am

if you install the packages
gnome-control-center
and
gnome-system-tools

you can get the more advanced 'gnome control centre' sound settings.
Also if you click 'all settings' in 'sound settings' you can set the system time and manage users and groups.
Plus printers, firewall and other things that aren't in the xfce settings panel.
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby tacoz on Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:01 am

aac74 wrote:if you install the packages...

Thanks, but I already tried that and there isn't (at least as I can find) anything that addresses the volume stuff...
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby aac74 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:31 am

Do your sound settings not look like this ? Do you still get low volume over 100% ? Have you selected the correct sound output if you have more than one ?

I have found that most linux sound problems are easily fixed (as are wifi problems) via a cheap linux compatible USB soundcard:

e.g. a card like this has fixed all my vlc crackle and skype problems I was having on my desktop machine -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-External- ... 483b065ebb

SO easy to set up. Just plug and play and select the USB card in sound settings !
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby slinkeey on Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:01 am

I did the very same thing that you wanted to do.

Xubuntu 12.04 uses pavucontrol by default.
mint xfce 14 uses xfce4-mixer by default.

So here is what I did:

I removed xfce4-mixer.
I installed pavucontrol.

Now here is where the fun begins. The indicator-sound applet does not open pavucontrol when you press [Sound Settings].

I created a symlink so that when it tries to open xfce4-mixer, pavucontrol opens instead.

Code: Select all
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/pavucontrol /usr/bin/xfce4-mixer


If you are curios, I wanted pavucontrol because I use an older program than benefits from pavucontrol. I just switched from xubuntu to mint-xfce.
Details of what I like pavucontrol for: http://slinkeey.comuv.com/cms/TravelerInLinuxWine

Let me know if this works or if you need help.
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby DanJ on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:13 pm

slinkeey wrote:So here is what I did:

I removed xfce4-mixer.
I installed pavucontrol.

Now here is where the fun begins. The indicator-sound applet does not open pavucontrol when you press [Sound Settings].

I created a symlink so that when it tries to open xfce4-mixer, pavucontrol opens instead.

Code: Select all
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/pavucontrol /usr/bin/xfce4-mixer


I'd been scratching my head over this for some time :?
Thank you very much slinkeey for your solution :)
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby slinkeey on Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:00 pm

The interesting thing is.. On my other machine, I cannot remove xfce4-mixer.. It wants to take out mint-meta-xfce. I let it remove it though since meta packages are just a package with a list of dependencies.
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Re: Why does sound-setting indicator behave...?

Postby DanJ on Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:34 pm

Yes, it removes mint-meta-xfce for me too, but this causes no problems. I much prefer pavucontrol - thank you again :)
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