Ubuntu: nm-applett and sound-indicator in systray gone and sound not working after update 13.10


After upgrading my Xubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 I have some problems:

  • the NetworkManager is not in the taskbar, I think that is the notifications-applet (german: "Nachrichtenanzeige")
  • the sound-indicator-applett in the systray is gone
  • I have no sound, that means, I still have sound if I start VLC with

    sudo mpg123 test.mp3

So it seems there is a right problem

the systray problem:

The systray's notifications-applet is usually looking like this:

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or this:


it is not working anymore. No audio-settings and no network-manager in the taskbar in XFCE: there is just one small box with nothing in it.

When I install stalonetray, there I see the status of wicd and all the other statuses, so the systray seems to be broken.



add yourself to the group audio with

adduser yourself audio  

then you can play sounds again as yourself.


see: No sound settings available in the settings manager window

This is noted on the release notes for Xubuntu 13.10 and is a known issue.


It is this bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-sound/+bug/1208204

You can use the workround:

Edit the service file

gksu mousepad /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service  

It will look like

[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound  Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service  

Comment out the last line and enter a new one, should look like

[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound  #Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service  Exec=/usr/lib/indicator-sound-gtk2/indicator-sound-service  

Save that and log out an in again


no solution yet


I installed kubuntu-desktop with wicd and removed network-manager.

There was only one thing I had to do:
the file resolv.conf was a relative link to ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

I changed that symlink to be absolute and the daemon now runs

etc/resolv.conf -> /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf  

Now wicd works instead of network-manager and everything looks fine in KDE ;)

(but this is no solution for Xubuntu)

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