Alright. Sound problem discovered. When I booted up the last time, here's what I noticed at one point when the screen slowed long enuff:
No mixer settings found in /etc/asound.state.
Sound may be muted. Use 'alsamixer' to unmute your sound card
and then 'alsactl store' to save default alsamixer settings
loaded at boot.
Loading OSS compatibility modules for ALSA.
Naturally i went to this directory and ran this command and sure enough, the alsamixer program opened up and there it was clear as day
Boom! I have sound and KDE Control center is adjustable now.
I sure hopes this helps anyone new having this problem. Going to run along and post information elsewhere to help out some, thanks.