Originally Posted by redss
Ubuntu 10.04 live usb has no sound, but a soundcard is apparently recognized by the system:
Ubuntu 10.04 is getting pretty old.
You may want to consider using Ubuntu 12.04. Like Ubuntu 10.04, the 12.04 release is also a long term support (LTS) release. However, 12.04 will have a much newer kernel and drivers which may give you better results here.