I am not completely new to Linux, but I'm not the most familiar with it, either. I'm not going to put a large amount of detail into this, but enough to give an idea of what it is.
- I am having issues with specifically PulseAudio sound output. ALSA works fine, and still outputs its sound like it should (speaker-test works), but PulseAudio gives nothing. Even after a clean re-install of both, ALSA works just as well, but PulseAudio works equally not as well
- The issues are based on permissions of my home directory being out of whack. The owner of my /home directory is root, and so is my user directory (which is especially an issue). My biggest dilemma with this is that chown doesn't work--it runs as if it does every single operation successfully, but when I run ls -la /home, the owner still shows up as root, indicating that chown is not changing a thing.
- The drive affected is an NTFS partition, also used for similar purposes by Windows. The /home directory is mounted to this partition, and I'm working on getting it mounted as C:\Users in Windows 7 as well (which I already know how, but I'm asking around in those circles to see the safer of the two options I have).
This clearly isn't of a single category, and is a little complex in nature.
My biggest question is this: where is the most appropriate forum for this issue?