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I had the same problem with Mandrake 9.1 that I fixed last night. It seems as though after installation my sound was muted (why I don't know). I then went to a program called aumix which from memory I think is under the multimedia -> sound menu. From this program I had to unmute all and then use a slider to increase volume. Having done this I now have sound!!
Note that I had no error messages when booting and logging into KDE.
Did you configure your sound-card? In installation sometimes it is configured automatically, but sometimes it doesn't do that.
to test your sound-card installation,
login as root, then type
follow the steps, don't worry there is also a test there
Good luck !
Note: I guess in Mandrake sndconfig package is installed by the system, it is not the case in RedHat, however you may need to install the sndconfig package from your installation CDs if it not installed