LOL! Ya, that was the first thing I checked. When trying to preview the system sound in the control panel, nothing would play. I put in a CD with MP3s and it played perfectly (although kind of low volume), and websites with Flash sounds work. Unless there is some option I forgot to enable, I went through the control panel and enabled system sounds but no noise.
Kind of weird, that the sounds work in KDE and not in Gnome on my rig.
Well, what happened was it wasn't working and I wanted to listen to some tunes, so I rebooted to XP. The next morning I loaded Linux and the sound was there all of a sudden. Not sure how it happened, but I was happy