I'm having some of the weirdest problems with my sound...

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have sound output perfectly fine in all the testing for if the sound drivers, etc. are working, but I still am having issues adjusting sound volume. I'll try to explain it as best as I can. My volume icon is showing as being muted (three dashes). On the other hand, I can play sound through Rhythmbox and the command speaker-test, which indicates that it isn't a problem with the sound driver being completely dysfunctional.I tried to troubleshoot PulseAudio to see what was wrong with it, and here is basically what happened: I run the following commands (denoted by Command here) and get the fol (Hardware)