Thanks for your assistance. I had reviewed that information, but I looked at it again and here is what I tried.
I reran sndconfig.
A PCI sound card was found in
your system. The details are:
Model: Creative Labs|SB Live! EMU10k1
I then edited the /usr/local/etc/emu10k1.conf file to enabled digital output which my card supports, but that did not seem to make any difference.
Then ran emu-config but did not notice any difference. I am not sure if the card is 5.1 or not but it appears from the Gateway site where I got the PC from a couple years back that it is.
I am hoping there is something obvious here that I am just not doing right. The static is driving me crazy!