My thanks to you for reading this and to those that have got me this far..
Am trying to get sound out of my laptop as per the instructions on this webpage
have done the lspci and have the Neomagic 256 NM2200 onboard
have done alsaconf which has loaded the driver cs4231 as per the instructions.
done ps -A | grep arts - which displays artsd
done fuser -m /dev/dsp - this displays - /dev/dsp: no such file or directory
Am now stuck so any help would be most grateful - Thanks - H-G