thanks for coming in with some advice 7272andy, sorry i have been offline for a while but my Win7 Laptop keeps calling to me...... the sound works on it so i forget about my problems with linux pc
Your advice is really practical, thanks very much. Here is what i have found out from the control center, hardware configure instructions you gave me.
Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
Description: IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller
Media class: Multimedia audio controller
PCI domain: 0
Bus PCI #: 0
PCI device #: 20
PCI function #: 5
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x4370
Sub vendor ID: 0x105b
Sub device ID: 0x0c81
Alternative drivers: unknown
Also the sound does not work when running from disk, same error message. I think the drivers are all fine and the problem lies with my KMix sound mixer. When i open this it comes up as a blank window and does not seem to be running correctly. How do i reinstall this program? Also annoyingly the settings option at the top of the KMix window has disappeared, i think i clicked something i shouldn't have.