Here we install xfce4, xfce4-goodies and use the lightdm desktop manager.
This is (so far) my Desktop of choice. However, I have installed it on Dells, Toshiba and HP computers, all with the same result: Audio requires manual intervention 😀
Install alsa, alsa-plugins, alsa-utils, pulseaudio and finally pavucontrol.
You can install all your favorite programs prior to logging into your desktop including the audio stuff. I may at times install some programs such as Firefox, gnome-disk but for the most part I wait until the GUI then copy and past into the terminal. Makes for a much faster installation process….but the beauty of Linux and Arch in particular is that you can have it…