Sound only plays from one app at a time
I can only seem to play audio from one source at a time. So if I am playing some music on XMMS and I get a message on GAIM I won't hear the sound chime from GAIM. If I want to play some Quake 3 or Unreal 2004, I can't play music from XMMS or hear sound chimes from GAIM.
I am using ALSA on Linux kernel 188.8.131.52. I do have the snd_intel8x0 and snd_ac97_codec modules loaded. I integrated the mixer_oss and pcm_oss into the kernel. I checked /dev/sound and I do have mixer and pcm. From my guess I am assuming something is wrong with my mixer or else something related to it.
I have ran alsoconf and it did not help. I also tried tweaking how the sound is produced from XMMS and GAIM without success. The funny thing is if I have XMMS playing I can't even get GAIM to console beep... does the console beep go through ALSA?
I have a SIS chipset motherboard with onboard/integrated cmedia ac97 audio. Specifically I have a MSI NEO FISR 655 Max, if you want or need more specs on the audio I can provide more, but my sound driver probably isn't the issue.
Any suggestions, ideas, help, etc... would be great. I am running out of my own and have been furiously google-ing every possible key term and thought that has come to my mind regarding the situation.