Mossy again, I forgot to mention that the sound card is not detected - e.g:
[root@xyz root]# /etc/init.d/alsasound start
Starting sound driver: snd-intel8x0 done
/usr/sbin/alsactl: load_state:1134: No soundcards found...
em....wait a bleed'in minute....
hmmm...im r3@lly perplexed now....sound IS working...!? I turned up the volume with the default RH volume controller.
Sound works with cd-rom & Mplayer...
...even though there is no sound card detected by the RH Soundcard detector [error: the i810_audio driver could not be loaded. This soundcard my not be supported with Red Hat Linux] ... SO...I click ok and hear the beautiful guitar and YES I did hear the sound [and yes it IS BETTER than how it used to sound!! - no crackling]. Absolutely crazy.
All the same I would like to get the AlSA mixer working - so I can manipulate sound properly.
Here's a test on Flash plugin and Realplayer plugin:
REAPLAYER: The fancy little audio intro craps out when opening realplayer [this works if I run esd but the rest of the sound sounds crap having selected esd in the Prefs] test the player on http://www.irelandlivetelevision.tv/
and it sounds MUCH BETTER than before installing ALSA. Brilliant.
FLASH: Oooo yeah : http://www.halley.cc/jaime/feder/index.html
plays wonderfully - it used to sound like the CHIPMONKS. Sounds lovely now.
Me is a happy camper now.
However I would still appreciate any feed back on:
a) why the alsamixer is not working
b) why everything tells me my sound card is not detected.
c) why there is no Shockwave player for games etc and is there any eqivalent?
Hope my info helps others. I knew it would be worth it - persevere.
newbie learning fast.