Weird ALSA problem
I'm using ALSA to try get sound working through my card (It's an ESS Maestro 2E on my laptop).
I've got it to work as root - it's fine there. BUT...
I realised that it wasn't working for any normal users, so I figured it would be the permissions. I have done a chmod 666 on just about every single file ALSA says it uses (mainly all in the dev dir). At first I got a load of permission denied errors for various /dev's, but after some heavy chmodding, they went away. However, now I'm truly stumped... I'm getting a permission denied error for the executables... (they are fine - I check the permissions) amixer and aplay respectively and possibly all the others that ALSA uses.
I have searched for about the whole day on how to fix this, but to no avail. The exact error I'm getting when running amixer is:
amixer: Mixer attach defaul error: Permission Denied
and with aplay:
aplay: main: 484: audio open error: Permission denied
These both work fine when I'm root, but otherwise, no go.
Also, across many posts I have read, they say that usually ALSA sets up a group called 'Audio' which you can add a user to to gain permissions. However, ALSA here on a fresh install of Slackware 9.1, hasn't set up any such groups.
If anyone here can help me, then it would be greatly appreciated.