by all the HowTo's, I mean all of those that are posted on the Ubuntu Forums - one to include attempting to do exactly what you suggested for lo0ading ALSA - litsed all the output as you suggested and again, was told I needed to backup my files and use WUBI to do a complete reload of Ubuntu 9.0.4 - basically, Ubuntu is not recognizing my sound card at all! do get the BEEP when I logoff so, do know sound card is working in Ubuntu - everything is fine within Windoes!
again, no one could tell me what files to back up or how to do that? I am not afraid to use the CLI, as long as someone can tell me what to do
so what files do I backup and how do I back them up? do I drag and drop to a USB stick or what? then, once I reload Ubuntu how do I get all my configurations back in?
or, is that hopeless and should I just use a LiveCD and do a complete load of Ubuntu into its own partition and just reconfigure everything manually - would prefer not to have to do that