Updated alsactl but sound still mute on startup
Firstly, thanks all for your help!
I'm slowly getting there...
But I'm afraid I was a little too optimistic on my last post. My ESS Maestro 3 module isn't actually loading on startup, just a generic sound module (which is muted anyway). The upside now is that I can run ANY program (eg XMMS) to initialise the ess maestro 3 module.
So what I've been doing (after initialising the ess maestro module) is opening up gnome-volume-control and unmuting things.
Then I'd run alsamixer just to make sure the changes took affect.
I'd run 'alsactl store' which would update the asound.state file.
Only problem now is, when I restart the computer everything goes back to its defaults, including all the changes I made to asound.state.