I have the echo back this morning. Switch off, pull the battery, and it will probably go :-/.
Yes, the 2 asound.state files do look different.. The thing that bugged me was that apart from the ordering of the comment instruction, all the keywords were identical. Slamd started each control with
whereas slackware had at the end of each control section
but comments are comments, and ignored. Take that out, and there's very little difference. What irritated me hugely is that this led to parallel paths through the device for sound, indicating a significantly different setup for sound. I couldn't really adjust those paths. Slamd sounds sweeter, btw, but it's incorrigibly knackered because I tried to update for radeon drivers, but installing updated stuff broke other stuff, and the compiles went down in flames over versions and crazy things, and the end result didn't work.
Now I get
(xfrun4:5197): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
Using the fallback 'C' locale.
Warning: locale not supported by C library, locale unchanged
xterm: Error 32, errno 2: No such file or directory
Reason: get_pty: not enough ptys
whenever I open something in X. Openoffice & firefox autostart and work, console opens with no bash prompt (and the above error) and you generally go down in flames.
I found that ptys error as a bug around kernel 2.6.7, but I'm on 2.6.33!