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Quick note - KDE by default uses the arts sound server. This needs to be turned off to free up the sound services for alsa. In the configuration gui (control center?) on the KDE menu, there is a 'sound' section. Look in there to find how to disable arts.
From memory, i used to have the same problem until a more recent copy of sarge detected everything nicely. (I've got an ASUS board too- ANK8E or something [hell i'm at work and it's got a random abbreviated name i can't remember]) But i remember messing around with AC97, i810 etc... and i also remember finding the answer at that wonderful repository of complaining linux users that is google :P
So yeah, go there and search your onboard sound with "no sound" or something in a google linux search and i'm sure you'll find something. Hell, i'm sure you'll get some results doing a similar search here.
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: Intel 810 + AC97 Audio, version 0.24, 15:59:45 May 12 2004
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:1f.5 to 64
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810: Intel ICH5 found at IO 0xee80 and 0xe800, MEM 0xfebff800 and 0xfebff400, IRQ 17
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810: Intel ICH5 mmio at 0xf894c800 and 0xf89e3400
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: Primary codec has ID 0
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: Audio Controller supports 6 channels.
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: Defaulting to base 2 channel mode.
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: Resetting connection 0
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: Connection 0 with codec id 0
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: ac97_codec: AC97 Audio codec, id: ADS117 (Unknown)
Feb 15 16:09:06 lowrider kernel: i810_audio: AC'97 codec 0 supports AMAP, total channels = 6
When I select the ALSA-driver:
Error-message: "Error while initializing the sound driver:
device: default canīt be openend for playback (No such file or directory)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device
I deactivated aRts... but no sound
When I select the OSS-driver:
No error but also no sound.
If you selected your OSS driver and you get no error message, did you run the volume control (kmix) to set the volume correctly?
Also if you want ALSA, make sure the ALSA kernel modules are installed (not installed by default I think in kernel 2.4). Just go to synaptic and search for ALSA and install the relevant ALSA kernel module.