I have never used pavucontrol but I installed it and just ran it and it says 'connection to pulseaudio failed'. So I checked to see if pulse was running and it was not. Running 'pulseaddio' from bash gives me:
Originally Posted by zika
So at least I have an idea of where to go next.
W: [pulseaudio] source.c: Default and alternate sample rates are the same.
E: [pulseaudio] module.c: Failed to open module "module-esound-protocol-unix": file not found
E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Module load failed.
E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Failed to initialize daemon.
ETA: Looks like installing pulseaudio-esound-compat solved the issue. Others have also had this issue as noted here: