First off let me kiss a little a** by saying what a great distro Arch is, how cool pacman is, and that it only took two days to change from RH to Arch being my main distro.
So, I have a couple of issues here. First off, when running xmms as a user I got the old "permission denied" bit so I chmod'ed /dev/sound appropriately and it worked fine. Thing is, the permissions do not persist between reboots. This isn't so much a problem as an annoyance, but I am curious as to the cause of this strange behaviour. I added the chmod line to rc.local but this is a hackish fix at best.
Well, I thought I had a couple issues but I can't seem to remember the second one right now. I'll post it here if I remember...
There is a section in /etc/devfsd.conf which starts with this (and you need to do what it says ) block of text:
# # Uncomment this if you want permissions to be saved and restored # Do not do this for pseudo-terminal devices
Okay, I remember my second problem. The power management doesn't work. I'm not talking about laptop power down stuff, just the feature that turns off your monitor after x amount of time.
It works using the same box and settings under RH. Under display power control I adjust the settings and clicka ok, but it does nothing, just my screensaver all night.
Being (relatively) green in the linux world I am not sure where to begin troubleshooting this.
That's a kernel problem i think. Reconfigure your kernel choosing different power management options.
Power management is sucky, because you have to choose between ACPI and APM (or...perhaps you can choose both? if so, it'd be nice to do that in the default kernel imho). On some computers ACPI works fine, on others it doesn't. You have to experiment a bit to let it suit your needs...