Xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin not correctly changing microphone sensitivity

Hey all,
In the latest update (Qonos), I am facing a weird problem regarding the xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin. It does not correctly control the microphone sensitivity as well as its on/off state. To properly change the microphone sensitivity, I need to open the pavucontrol audio mixer, then go to input devices, and change the settings from there. Any changes made from the plugin (regarding the microphone), do not sink with those on the pavucontrol. I am using a laptop and the latest 5.15 kernel, but it does occur on the latest LTS 5.10 as well. Previous updates did not have this issue, maybe pipewire related? Does anyone else face the same problem?
P.S. Just to clarify, I am referring to the “volume” icon in the task bar in XFCE4.
Thanks a bunch!

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Please post system information to show if either PipeWire or PulseAudio (or both) are active and running

inxi -Fazy

Yep sorry about that!

Still facing the issue.
Here is the output of inxi:

  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl
    bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.12-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.42 running: yes

Okay after countless efforts to make it work, all while messing around with my system, I have finally found the solution to the problem. It is kind of silly, but I’ll post it in case it helps anyone else.

You need to open the pavucontrol audio mixer, and set your internal microphone as fallback. It’s the third icon from the left, on top of the sensitivity gauge. After that the xfce4 plugin will always be on sync with the changes in mic sensitivity. I guess it happens when you connect external displays, and the system tries to route audio through the HDMI cable.

Happy new year!

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