Hahaha, what sound card are you using? All my SB cards (SB16, Pro 2.0, Live!, Audigy) worked instantly in Mandrake, Redhat, and Slackware.. sometimes it's worth the $30 just to buy a new card and save yourself some trouble
it's a good thing that you got it to work right... I had the same problem, my sound card wouldn't work on my linux os system. But then I just bought a new card.
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