So sorry. I forgot that I was addressing an audience composed of people not inherently ignorant or lazy (no sarcasm here). Being from the US I forget that the rest of the world is actually ahead of us and so must my inquiries be if I am to gain anything (again, seriously, no sarcasm)...
When I say Ubuntu recognizes my als4000 card and yet refuses to play, I mean after I load it onto my P4 - 2.5G, .5Gsdram, 250G HD machine (from early'02 originally designed for windows XP), it allows me to go into "sound" options in the GUI under the "System Preferences/ Preferences" menu and choose, "als400 OSS" and then press "test" and then suddenly my sound card emits a noise and then works properly after that with every noise emitting web site or program I run - except for Pandora.com. When I try to log on to my wife's account it says "Plug-ins needed" and then presents exactly three of them to me, as follow:
Swfdec SWF player - swfdec.freedesktop.org
Adobe Flash Player (installer) - www.adobe.com
Gnash SWF Player - www.gnu.org/woftware/gnash
So I click on them all and install them and restart in order (each one gets a restart between installs) and then try again to open Pandora to no avail. So after some research I discovered the Adobe one doesn't really install until after a little more work but then I get it in there and yet Pandora still doesn't work.
And then I read about lines I'm supposed to copy into my kernel configuration (which I have no desire to even come close to until I have studied WAY more!) because supposedly in Ubuntu the problem is with my Flash drivers and not my sound card and some other files that I have no idea what in the hell they're referring to (although soon I will) - so I gave up and install gOS.....
And then I get a working web page with Pandora.com but no sound. It loads the page where Ubuntu stopped but doesn't have any sound. Apparently gOS got the right Flash drivers but no als4000 drivers... So I go into my "System Preferences/ Preferences" menu and choose, "Sound" - but NO option for als4000 OSS! So I try to download some kind of file which I am supposed to access from my terminal and activate yet can't find (in fact I'm not sure how to change any configuration file yet) and so end up with the various "Flash" portions of my web pages working but in the end I still get no Flash and no sound...
I know... Fucking Americans... Go ahead and laugh... I deserve it. I'm in over my head but I can't stand MS anymore. I live in freakin Seattle for cryin out loud!
I used to build these things for people, but I never got into the code side of things any further than I had to to set them up. Please cut me some slack. Where should I begin?