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Your system has an AC'97 audio codec from Realtek. Alsa supports those, just maybe not your system directly. You should post your system stats to the alsa-devel mailing list or file a bug on alsa-project.org.
or install sndconfig and run it as root to get [ including testing ] a working driver. this will even configure the sound server for the system if sndconfig recognises the audio chipset which it should, the ac97 [ cmedia is another name commonly used for this chipset ] is a fairly old one so every linux distro has drivers for it installed.
My new hardware, a dual core 64 bit system has the ac97 / cmedia chipset on it.
[ yet sndconfig didn't recognise it when I tested it. ]
When i excecuted alsamixer it brought up an ASCII based volume control interface, some of the levels had MM on them obviously indicating these were muted, i pressed the M key to unmute them but it was only the Microphone and Internal PC speaker anyway so it wouldnt make a difference. Still sat in silence