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 Problems with sound with HDA-Intel on Mint 12


Take a look at volwheel.

VolWheel is a little application which lets you control the sound volume easily through a tray icon you can scroll on. It is written in Perl/Gtk2 and works both for ALSA and OSS. You can configure it quickly through its configuration interface.


Check the alsa mixer extension gnome extension.

Just going there and clicking "on" should install the icon

  • Could you explain briefly how this link solves the problem for OP. – X Tian Feb 25 '14 at 17:59
  • That link provides the gnome extension that will create the volume icon. Just going there and clicking "on" should install the icon. – DavidEG Feb 26 '14 at 12:57

I have HDA intel sound on my gigabyte mobo and use alsamixer with archlinux


You could use volumeicon: http://softwarebakery.com/maato/volumeicon.html

Volume Icon aims to be a lightweight volume control that sits in your systray.

Change volume by scrolling on the systray icon
Ability to choose which channel to control
Several icon themes (with gtk theme as default)
Configurable external mixer
Volume Slider
Hotkey support

As I checked it already uses GTK3 and depends only on alsa, uses notifications, so runing in gnome-shell should be no problem.

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