chaz@argus:~/Videos$ sudo fuser -v /dev/dsp* /dev/snd/* /dev/seq*
USER PID ACCESS COMMAND
/dev/snd/controlC0: chaz 1494 F.... pulseaudio
I thought the problem was my server install, so I gave up and used a spare hard drive to install a FULL ubuntu install. My sound, STILL DOES NOT WORK. It pretends that it is working. Really it does. But nothing comes out. I'm so fed up with this. I ran through the entire Ubuntu sound troubleshooting doc this morning and did all the normal stuff, and it still doesn't work. It acts like it's working, but it's not. I triple checked my sound hardware by plugging my mp3 player in instead of the computer, and it plays fine from the mp3 jack, just not my computer's jack. And the thing is, my other computer, with a different motherboard, acts exactly like this a lot of the time, although the sound has randomly worked before on that system. But most of the time, volumes are all up, applications all act like they are playing, and nothing.
Seriously, I have been using linux for like 2 years; I remember sound working....even with this hardware! What happened? I literally don't know what to do next except chuck the whole system in the trash. The whole point was to have it play video.