device /dev/dsp can't be opened (No such device)
ln -s /dev/dsp /dev/dsp0
Also, open Control Center->Sound and Multimedia->Sound System->Hardware
make sure Advanced Linux Sound Architecture is selected under Audio Device
and finally, from a command line run: alsamixer
unmute all channels that you will use, set volume levels then press ESC to exit
then run: alsactl store
to save settings.
Should I just copy the device entry from that file and change the serverlayout to match?
I've sucessfully copied the entire file between distributions. Your mileage may vary.
I cannot access any of my mounted drives from normal user mode
Can you access them as root? If so, then check the permissions in the mount points themselves. ls -l /mnt should show something like:
drwxrwxrwx 2 root root 48 Mar 15 2002 windows/