Fn key volume and brightness notification

I am facing a new issue after the latest update (working on 3rd Dec 2020). The issue is that there is no notification feedback whenever I change volume or brightness on my laptop using the Fn keys - F2, F3, F11, F12. The brightness and volume do change in the background but there is no visual cue like it used to do earlier with a big overlay on the screen showing the volume and brightness level.

Please help me out with this issue. Thanks

These are my system info:

  Kernel: 5.8.18-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.8-x86_64 
  root=UUID=b7f8ad79-6fb0-4053-b2f4-b41cd7833b15 rw quiet apparmor=1 
  security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 
  Desktop: Xfce 4.14.3 tk: Gtk 3.24.23 info: xfce4-panel, vala-panel, plank 
  wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Inspiron 5559 v: N/A serial: <filter> 
  Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Dell model: 0924RG v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.7.0 
  date: 05/10/2019 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 33.8 Wh condition: 33.8/32.6 Wh (104%) volts: 16.7/14.8 
  model: LGC-LGC2.80 DELL 991XP55 type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: Full 
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i3-6100U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Skylake family: 6 model-id: 4E (78) stepping: 3 microcode: E2 
  L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 
  bogomips: 18406 
  Speed: 500 MHz min/max: 400/2300 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 713 2: 704 3: 777 
  4: 604 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf 
  mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
  Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
  Device-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520] vendor: Dell driver: i915 
  v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:1916 
  Device-2: AMD Sun XT [Radeon HD 8670A/8670M/8690M / R5 M330 / M430 / Radeon 
  520 Mobile] 
  vendor: Dell driver: radeon v: kernel alternate: amdgpu bus ID: 01:00.0 
  chip ID: 1002:6660 
  Device-3: Realtek Integrated_Webcam_HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo 
  bus ID: 1-5:3 chip ID: 0bda:5684 serial: <filter> 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: ati,intel,radeon 
  unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display ID: :0.0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0") 
  s-diag: 414mm (16.3") 
  Monitor-1: eDP1 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 340x190mm (13.4x7.5") 
  diag: 389mm (15.3") 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 520 (SKL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.2.3 
  direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:9d70 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.8.18-1-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Intel Wireless 3160 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: e000 
  bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 8086:08b3 
  IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell 
  driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8136 
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 291.98 GiB (31.3%) 
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM048-2E7172 size: 931.51 GiB 
  block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: SDM1 scheme: GPT 
  ID-1: / raw size: 63.48 GiB size: 62.23 GiB (98.04%) used: 16.07 GiB (25.8%) 
  fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8 
  ID-2: /home raw size: 92.58 GiB size: 90.62 GiB (97.89%) 
  used: 33.98 GiB (37.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda9 
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache pressure: 100 (default) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.01 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
  dev: /dev/sda7 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C mobo: 39.0 C sodimm: 39.0 C gpu: radeon 
  temp: 42.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 
  Processes: 211 Uptime: 10h 11m Memory: 7.67 GiB used: 2.12 GiB (27.7%) 
  Init: systemd v: 246 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 clang: 11.0.0 Packages: 
  pacman: 1611 lib: 378 flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.0.18 
  running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.1.08 

Update to the latest kernel and try again

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I had this problem too some months ago.
But it resolved itself after an update (I don’t remember what is was).

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You don’t get notifications at all?
Can you see them by launching, from the Terminal, the following command? notify-send "Notification test"
Is the folder ~/.cache/xfce4/notifyd/ populated? If so, post the content of the log file by executing cat ~/.cache/xfce4/notifyd/log

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