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The trick is to create the file /etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf containing the line:
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
This Slackware installation replaced an Arch install that I did when I built this machine in May. I never had any problems with sound. Before installing Slackware, I tar'ed /etc and just checked it -- nothing in /etc/modprobe.d. Why this is a problem in Slackware and not Arch on the same hardware is a bit of a mystery (yes, different kernel version, but the alsa package versions look to be the same in Arch and Slackware 14).
Anyway, thanks very much for your help in getting this resolved.
I built the machine myself. Motherboard is a GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2. AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor. 4 GB DDR3 memory. 500 Gb 7200 rpm SATA drive. See lspci output in my original post for other hardware details.
I can play mpg123 myfile.mp3 on the black console.
But when I start up runmode 4 gui and kde starts. Then I get error saying audio device not work falling back to default.
Running as root, I can play audio in kde.
Make sure your user is in the audio group. Maybe plugdev too, I can't remember. If you chose the default groups when creating the user, those should have been added. Remember that you'll have to log in and then out again to get the new group list to take effect.