Thanks for the reply,
I thought this was linked as my machine worked fine before I installed this alsa package and now it doesnt. This is the only change I have made to my machine so my thinking was that there had to be a link with me installing these updates and the machine not working?. With regards to me rebuilding a kernel and trying to install it: Thats not the case.
I understand what you have said with regards to not needing to install any alsa software but I was having an issue with playing sounds and thought maybe the sound was turned down in the alsa mixer. On trying to open my alsa mixer I got an error message saying the file did not exist even though it did, so I downloaded the utils package in the hope of sorting this out.
Thankfully I have another Grub to use on bootup so its not the end of the world.
I take it there is nothing I can do to salvage the original kernel?
Again thanks for your help
Last edited by hotspur919; 01-15-2011 at 12:59 PM.