Ok so i have been working on this for quite some time now.
I have the Sound Blaster PCI X (Dell OEM) sound card.
After searching the net i learned that starting with alsa release ALSA 1.0.6. they started offering support for the snd-emu10k1x. Great!!
So after a previous post i had the reply from elluva
btw. I think kernel 2.6.11 already has alsa 1.0.7, this means that all you need to update or install are alsa-lib and alsa-utils. You should be able to skip the driver section in the docs on the alsa website.
Another thing is that for the emu10k1x, the emu10k1 drivers should work.
So what i do is try to install both the alsa-lib and alsa-utils but i find out i already have them installed.
So i continue to play around i tried alsamixer to check and see if it was muted but it told me no mixer found. Also the little speaker on the panel wont let me raise the volume it just always resortes back to the bottom.
If anyone could point me where i need to head i would appreciate it.