nah, it's ATI Rage Pro graphics card, not a sound card
well, guess what? it turns out i didn't have linux kernel source code installed, strange, since i have compiled the source code of mplayer as well as some other softwares on my machine since my initial plunge into mandrake a month ago, always thought i had source code installed. but after some reading and a look at /usr/src/linux-2.X/ it turns out i didn't have source code in that directory. no problem, so i installed kernel-source-2.6.3-7mdk and then bingo, rage128-20040911-linux.i386.tar got installed. but even better things occured, i couldn't boot into X windows, received some error msg like:
(EE) module ABI minor version (7) is newer than the server's version (6)
(EE) Failed to load module "ati" (module requirement mismatch, 0)
(EE) No drivers available.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
after another hour or so online research, it turns out that my XFree86 is too old for the ati module to load, so i grab the latest XFree86-4.4.0 source code from ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/4.4.0/source/
and install it, it's a whopping 300m source code after untar. as of now, i'm still building binaries out the source code, 75 minutes in the making...
da*n, i have lost serveral weekend's nightly rest to mandrake since i plunge into it last month...