I setup my system with kernel 2.6, and devfs. Follow the alsa guide and install alsa-libs and alsa-utils, and perform all the installation steps including the script. The system has sound, but Gnome warns on startup that /dev/mixer cannot be found. Also click on the Volume Control applet give the error that not devices can be found.
Search on the net and found some info on a link to a Gentoo Forum post where someone recomend an gst-plugins-alsa that is not available on Arch. Is there another way to get the volume applet in Gnome to work?
have you checked that the user is in the audio group? or at least has rights to your /dev/mixer?
it's in the audio group. Since I´m using devfs where do I check if it has rights to /dev/mixer?
just do a 'ls -l /dev/mixer' and see if the permissions are set correct, probably something like
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 14, 0 2005-02-28 15:20 /dev/mixer
should be correct. (the second 'rw' meaning group (audio) has read/write access)