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Distribution: Win XP Pro / Slackware 10.1 dual-boot
I had the same problem with Fedora Core 3, mine was probably even more unusual. While using GNOME it claimed my soundcard was not detected, but it was while using KDE. But the first thing to do to help your problem is type "aumix" in terminal and turn up your Vol and PCM1 and PCM2. By default in Fedora for some reason all these are set to zero. Try that, see if you get sound.
An example of a program that I've encountered has been if I open gnome-cd it doesn't play sound. The specified module is configured for that specific soundcard and everything is fine in the /etc/modules.conf file, but when I open up the program aumix it plays the sound from that soundcard. Good luck if you need any help with anything else email firstname.lastname@example.org.