So, long story short, when I installed Mint 12 on my Dell laptop I realized my HDA-intel sound board have problems with pulseaudio. I uninstalled pulseaudio and got my sound back, but removing pulseaudio also removes that nice little mixer icon on the top panel of gnome-shell, and messes up with the sound configuration app.
Is there any other solution to just removing pulseaudio? I also tried just killing it, but the same thing happens.
If not, is there any gnome-shell extension that will create a similar icon based on alsa and not on pulseaudio (the old mixer from Gnome2 would be great).
The longer story can be read here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=88747