Please bear with me, having spent days on connecting directly to my ISP and installing my modem driver, I've become more than a little confused and lost! The problem I have is this... I have ac97 onboard sound, and a cmedia PCI sound card. I have tried to use both in turn, but neither seem to work, although there is built in support for both. Currently, as my machine boots, it loads my Cmedia card with ALSA. that said, I have no sound when playing games, or playing cd's, or system sounds. Nothing at all! When in Gnome, if I go to Main Menu --> Configuration --> GNOME --> Advanced --> GStreamer Settings, I get no sound from testing any of the Default Sink options on the sound menu, (currently set as OSS), and it fails to open a test pipeline for most of them. On the Default source, when selecting OSS, or OSS monitors, I get what I would only describe as a system sound as I press the 'test' button, but I get nothing at all from anywhere else in the system. It has been this way since I installed Mandrake. I just cant seem to get it working! Edit: OK, this is interesting. With the GStreamer settings as above, while testing pipeline for oss on the default source, I have sound (well, system sounds, and audio cd's anyway. I still have no sound from games at all). When I stop testing, I don't! seems I've just proved something. I don't know what though. Could somebody please show me the next logical step? Both ALSA and aumix report full volume.