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Just installed the very latest version of elementaryOS today. Things went well, except for this annoying volume notification issue! Every 10 seconds, a notification pops up in the top right showing me the volume level. As if I was changing it, but I'm not. This is super distracting and annoying.

GIF showing the UI symptom (wait for it haha):

animation of the issue

Found some messages in syslog that seem related:

Feb 19 00:27:18 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (epiphany:3372): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: invalid (NULL) pointer instance
Feb 19 00:27:18 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (epiphany:3372): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_signal_connect_object: assertion 'G_TYPE_CHECK_INSTANCE (instance)' failed
Feb 19 00:27:18 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:19 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:20 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.226410 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:21 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:30 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.226410 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:31 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:36 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.226410 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:38 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:27:39 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:00 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.226410 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:01 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:02 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:06 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.226410 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: (process:1652): indicator-sound-WARNING **: accounts-service-access.vala:218: unable to sync volume 0.346405 to AccountsService: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.InvalidArgs: No such interface 'com.ubuntu.AccountsService.Sound'
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: me '4' not found in GtkStack
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[101m#033[97m[FATAL 00:26:27.737065]#033[0m app_center_widgets_banner_banner_widget_get_package: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[93m[WARNING 00:26:32.737653]#033[0m [Gtk] Child name '5' not found in GtkStack
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[101m#033[97m[FATAL 00:26:32.737708]#033[0m app_center_widgets_banner_banner_widget_get_package: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[93m[WARNING 00:26:37.739052]#033[0m [Gtk] Child name '1' not found in GtkStack
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[101m#033[97m[FATAL 00:26:37.739112]#033[0m app_center_widgets_banner_banner_widget_get_package: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Feb 19 00:28:07 desktop-linux gnome-session[1387]: #033[93m[WARNING 00:26:42.740948]#033[0m [Gtk] Child name '2' not found in GtkStack

Any assistance would be so appreciated! I'm really close to just installing Debian but I want to stick with elementaryOS if possible.

  • This starts happening right after restart and logging in? Have you installed any third party software that might try to influence your volume? – Peter Uithoven Feb 19 '18 at 18:46
  • @PeterUithoven yes, this happens immediately after a clean install. No third party software at all. If I restart, it happens right after the restart as well. – villasenor Feb 19 '18 at 18:48
  • By chance, was this happening in the live session prior to install or did you pick to install straight away? – linux_tim Feb 19 '18 at 19:04
  • @linux_tim this happened in the live session prior to install and also after install – villasenor Feb 19 '18 at 19:05
  • I'm guessing that manipulating the volume up or down does not stop the eratic pop-up, correct? – linux_tim Feb 19 '18 at 19:06
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There is a bug that was reported some time ago on Launchpad which mimics the issue being posed here. Here is the Bug Report.

There seems to be what is a viable workaround for this issue in comment number 20 below the initial report.

Other fixes shown to be successful include updating pulseaudio to version 10 or above however there seems to be less verification as to whether or not that is a true fix.

In working with the user posing the original question, the workaround in the Bug Report has worked.

Good Luck!!!

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