Sound only works with one application at a time
The title pretty much so explains it all. I'm running ALSA on an integrated VIA board. I used to run an SB Live! 5.1 in the computer as my primary card, until the two began to conflict and nothing worked. So I took it out. Now I'm using the VIA.
But now I can only get sound to work with one application at a time. For example, if I'm playing a song through Rhythmbox and I go to "Open Volume Control" on the Gnome volume control applet, I get an error saying "Sorry, no mixer elements and/or devices found." But when I pause playback on Rhythmbox, -- without closing the window -- I can get into volume control. This is very weird and a major inconvenience. Anyone have an ideas?