I thought i'd let evryone know that I eventually got w3 to go.
I have another question :)
do they only work under X?
the only time I was able to get the to work was under X. I used the c-e c-a command to turn them on. however, that was only once, and they havn't worked since. It isn't a problem with my sound card, because I can cat the .au files to /dev/audio.
this works fine but auditory icons will not. What really confuses me is that they actually worked the first time but not any more.