after chmod'ing /dev/dsp all my programs stopped complaining about there being no sound card, but there's still no sound.
my computer manufacturer's web-site says the chipset is:
Intel 845 Chipset
psoh: where is your sound problem post? I can't seem to find it
thanks for all the help, I'm gonna go try some more stuff.
EDIT: in /etc/modules.conf it says:
### update-modules: start processing /etc/modutils/sndconfig
alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio
post-install sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -L >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
pre-remove sound-slot-0 /bin/aumix-minimal -f /etc/.aumixrc -S >/dev/null 2>&1 || :
### update-modules: end processing /etc/modutils/sndconfig
but I have no /bin/aumix-minimal could that be a problem?