hello, I have posted some of my machines info at www.mike.daugird.com/gentoo
I used the ebuild to install alsa, alsa-utils, and alsa-tools.
xmms plays fine.
aplay and KDE's startup sound are just the first half second in a continuous loop. The error message aplay issues is on the website.
I didn't want to fill this post up with all the stuff from my machine.
If there is another trouble shooting command or utililty to run please let me know and I will post the output.
I also posted the Abit sound driver. I think it is bogus because the conf file has the intel chip on and the via chip commented out.
The KD7 is a VIA KT400, it has the 8233 sound system.
thank you for your help and have a good day