The problem is the sound is fine when i am logged in as root so I don't see this is a hardware issue. When I log in as a user kde simply gives me the above message without any other information. If this has anything to do with it I created the users using the standard slackware script /usr/sbin/adduser and I might have to add sound permissions somehow. The problem should be solved by adding permissions to a certain file but I have added more permissions to more files in /dev/ that seem to be related to sound then I like. So I guess I am looking for a list of files I should add permission to for a regular user. Thanks for the help.
Update: Sorry for taking everyones time the solution is posted in this thread if anyone is interested:
Don't know how I missed it in the initial search. Thanks again for all the help.