I am an Elyssa Newbie. I've tried several other distros on and off over the past 5 years or so, only to be frustrated with hardware issues. Although, at this time, I can't quite make a complete jump to Linux from XP, Elyssa is by far, the easiest distro that I've worked with. And I might add that the one and only reason that I absolutely have to use Windows at all, is I use a research program that is nothing more than an electronic library of very specific references in print. Perhaps I will explore Wine a bit further or even vmware server, but for now I am satisfied with setting up a dual boot. I have a Canon Pixma IP5200. I haven't tried printing high quality photos yet, but it was essentially plug and play. I have a Dell 1710 Laser that seems to work fine using the Hpijs driver. Printer behaves, not exactly like it does in XP, but more than adequately. Now to get to the point of this post. Upon installation of Mint 5, I had sound, and it was quite good in fact. It even has a particular quality about it that is different than XP. My login sound was there, all my other system sounds were audible, and Chromium B.S.U. had sound as well. The only thing that did not appear to work was the logout sound, which I read in a post that it is a known issue. No big deal. However, it seems that I no longer have any sound at all. No Chromium sound, no login, no other system sounds, and no sounds for the online games that I play from time to time. I have a PCI Soundblaster Live card. I also have onboard sound that has long been disabled from BIOS. I did that because it created some issues in XP and it sounds terrible. I don't know what I could possibly have done on my own to change the configuration of Pulse Audio or anything else for that matter. I have looked in Pulse audio preferences and devices, and there is nothing obvious to me. I still consider myself a Linux newbie overall, but definitely have a renewed zeal in making it work for at least 95% of my needs to put a number on it. Any help would be appreciated. If this post is too wordy, I apologize. Looking forward to hearing from the forum.