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I just installed Slackware 12.0 with the 2.6.51 kernel on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop (Celeron chip) and have no sound. If anyone has any ideas about where I can look, I would appreciate the suggestions. Gory details follow.
Sound worked just fine on this box under Slackware 10.2.
As near as I can figure out, the sound card is integrated in the Intel 915GM chipset, which also includes the video chip.
Alsamixer is set just fine (as it is on my other three Linux computers). I've tried both CD's that played when I was installed with Slack 10.2, as well as You Tubes and several other tests to ensure that it was the machine, rather than the media.
The problem exists whether logged in as root or as user. Nothing, nada, not even when KDE loads. Sound configuration in the KDE Info Center looks okay.
For what it's worth, I'm running the project files firewall (rc.firewall), f-prot antivirus, Samba, and LISa in the background, as well as the normal Slackware stuff, though I can't see how that would be relevant, but my experience is, the more information, the better.
I did get the most recent 915GM chipset drivers from Intel and they refused to install with some cryptic and completely uninformative message, but even they aren't very recent in computer years.
A websearch turned up nothing helpful.
Thanks to anyone who tries to point me in the right direction.