No sound w/ Sound Blaster Audigy 2 (and possibly other related cards) fix
I just thought I'd let everyone know about another problem and it's solution for others as this was very strange and stumped me for a while.
If you have a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS (or possibly a similar card) and after installing Mandriva 10.2 (2006) you don't get any sound even though it seems to be running, check the following:
If a speaker icon appears on your lower righthand panel, click on it and click on "mixer" to enter the channel settings. Next, click on the "Switches" tab and find the "Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack" switch, and if the light is dim, click the light, and turn it on. Sound should now be working.
If you don't see the blue/white speaker icon, and you messed with the settings for your sound card during installation, my solution was to reinstall the system and this time do not touch the settings for your sound card during the install! Leave it on the default settings. I like tinkering with things and decided to switch the card setting to a different module or something during install, and afterwards no matter what settings I changed to the card (even setting it back to the one it's supposed to use by default) the speaker icon would not reappear and I had to reinstall.
I'd guess this is a common sound card. The Audigy setting in the mixer should have been turned on by default in the mixer once the system detects you do have an Audigy card, but it doesn't. Maybe something for the distro brainiacs to look at?