Yesterday, all application sounds for one of my user account stopped. I still get the startup sound for that account and on the other user accounts the sound works OK. It's obvious that it's not the hardware.
I am using the Mint desktop. I checked to see if the sound volume was turned down and it is at 100%. I also checked to see if the sound was muted, it's not muted. I checked under system /preferences / sound and everything seems to be OK. When I tested the speakers using the sound utility I do get sounds. Since I get the startup sound, the speakers work when tested (using the affected user account, and the other user accounts work fine.
Only the applications (Firefox, VLC, etc.) seem affected. I checked the applications but I doubt it is an application setting because all applications are affected. Any suggestions on where else to look?