If I needed root access to use alsaconfig wouldn't it tell me that instead of saying "command not found"?
No. Root has commands and permissions available that a user
doesn't. For instance, try the command "adduser" and the shell won't find it either.
ALSA-Configuration.txt it says "To enable ALSA support you need at least to build the kernel with
primary sound card support (CONFIG_SOUND)." Could that have something to do with it?
Yes--without kernel support alsa won't work. It is possible that
sound is not enabled at the kernel level. If so, changing
that requires a kernel recompile. But if your supervisor went
through the trouble to compile a custom kernel without sound,
the only way I know to change that condition without the root
password is to re-install Slackware. But you know, that doesn't
sound like a path for career advancement
You could check the state of sound a few ways. If you go to the
main kde menu, under System you may find KinfoCenter. If it's
there, open it and look under Sound. You should get a list on the
right panel of sound drivers and audio devices etc. You could also
go to the terminal and try:
lsmod | less
This should give you a scrollable list of kernel modules
(including sound, I.E.,snd modules). Oh, and I'm guessing you
already checked to see if a sound card is installed. Unfortunately,
I don't think lspci will work without root privileges
...humm...perhaps a portable CD player's in your future?
But seriously, if you have drivers, modules, and a sound card
installed, there's usually a way to get it all working. Also, I'm
guessing you'd prefer not to ask that lead programmer about it.