I installed and updated the latest minime KDE to my partner's system. It uses Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60), according to lspci. I think I've installed everything necessary for sound but get nothing: no opening sound, Net audio, nothing. The Phonon test gives nothing. Sound worked fine before the reinstall. PCCC says it's using the ALSA "snd_via82xx" driver.
I've tried everything I can think of, and nothing makes any difference. I'm tempted to just install the full distro if nothing else works. Any thoughts before the drastic step?