Ok, I managed to finally get my winmodem to work.
MY soundcard however did not work. (It's on-board a intel 815E AC97)
I tried installing the ALSA sound drivers, followed all the instructions as far as I could.
When it got to the editing of the /etc/modules.conf
I got stuck here so I stopped.
rebooted into my root account and low and behold my sound works.
I then thought I would test it in my shell account and no such luck.
if anyone has got their sound working who has onboard sound like me. could they contact me via ICQ 109528233 or MSN firstname.lastname@example.org
Or even post here. I think if you could post step by step instructions it might help me. Sorry about the request but this is REALLY puzzleling me. as this is the last thing I need to get going before I start using Linux Mandrake 8.0 as my standard Operating System instead of Windows ME.