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No graphical display of volume when I adjust volume on keyboard

I have formatted my laptop(IBM thinkpad R60 9457-A51)... sound is working fine but I cannot see the graphical display of volume increasing/decreasing when I adjust the volume from the keyboard.. but the volume gets adjusted properly when I press the keys for adjusting volume.

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Have you installed all the features which it has come with. Although it must show it if you have installed multimedia package to full install. It is just the small feature, which comes with the software CD.

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