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Two weeks ago I was where you are now: two days past, Linux works, no sound.
I could solve the sound problem by using the documentation found in Linux:
You will need to know exactly what sound card (chip) you have, in order that you can do the corresponding setting in the system files mentioned in the above HOWTO.
If you do everything according to the HOWTO and something still does not work, then disable the Plug-and-Play Op. System option in your bios (I could have saved myself two days if I did that when I read it the first time in the HOWTO). Linux have its own module that can do that task.
The presentation of the Plug & Play option may vary between the different BIOS versions. For me it read 'Plug&Play OS present' when it was set to YES, I could not play wav, mp3, etc. files. Only midi and mixer worked.
If it's an ISA card with PNP, it might not have been recognised by Linux anyway. Also, some older motherboards had ISA sound-cards built-in. I had the same problem (on my old computer), but didn't manage to fix it until I recompiled my kernel.
I was not happy with some of the advice given to me (i.e. buy a PCI sound-card, they almost always work straight away), but in retrospect (I now have a PCI sound card in my new computer) it is actually quite good advice.