(AC97) VIA sound [alsa] driver
im not sure where this thread should be, but i would like to share my experiencie with slackware and asus a7v8x-x on board sound (via ac97 chipset)
i had the same problem everyone have: alsa detects perfectly the sound card, but sound DOES NOT work. The solution i have found is open a mixer (kmixer for example) > advanced > unclick "surround sound"
althought kmixer works weird (try changing the main volumes) i got the problem solved