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First of all, if the "distribution" you're having this problem with
happens to be WINDOWS! as your user profile suggests, you're on the
wrong forum. Btw, Windows is NOT a Linux distribution, by any stretch,
in fact I find it daring to call it an operating system. But I think
I told you that before.
Should you, however, be using Slackware that's a FAQ-thing ... by default
Slackware is very conservative, and very secure; things like sound, mounting
of CDs and the likes ARE potentially disruptive. If you want to change
the default you need to add yourself to the group audio; on the next login
you should be able to have noise.
I haven't got an audio group I dont think. Besides I never used to be in it even if it did exist.
I find it hard to believe that the group audio doesn't exist.
And I didn't suggest that you were part of it but told you
to make yourself part of it. Are you sure that you want to
get help, or are you just trolling?
And we still don't know which distribution you're using,
and windows still isn't a distribution.
Audio group was there. I had a list of groups apparently on my system which was a load of crap. /etc/groups was very different. /dev/dsp was in the audio group so like you guys suggested I added my user to that group.
This got rid of the pop-up box which said my soundcard wasnt there when I tried to play something.
But my sound still didnt work so I reinstalled alsa-oss, added /usr/lib to ld.so.config and ran /sbin/ldconfig as root.
Many Thanks for your help, how it all went belly up in the first place is a mystery... at least its working now.