Originally Posted by DragonSlayer48DX
Can't say for sure as you have installed then uninstalled several *unrelated* packages. One thing I can add that might help is that I went back to Gnome on Ubuntu simply because KDE was way too finicky about having "permission" to use the sound card on both 32 and 64-bit systems. Sometimes I would get an error about permission, and sometimes it just wouldn't work.
Pulseaudio came along with the initial install.
The only extraneous packages I had installed were the alternate phonon backends. I had initially mentioned them because I had uninstalled/purged them in the same command as with the pulseaudio-related packages.
Be that as it may, it seems to me that, most likely, the pulseaudio-related packages I had uninstalled were responsible for my KDE audio problems.
My original query, however, remains:
Was this a pulseaudio issue?