I am having a really strange problem with my sound. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I am confident that the hardware I am using it ok... Here goes.
The Mobo I have has onboard sound "C-Media" this stopped working a long time ago. So, I put in an old SB Live Value card. Now even if I have the "C-Media" disabled in BIOS, Linux can still see it, along with the SB Live Value. I have checked the "Sound" options under Preferences and made sure it was set to the SB, and it is. I have also played with enabling/disabling the old "C-Media" in BIOS. None of this seems to have an effect. But, sometimes when I boot I do get sound without any intervention from me, most of the time I don't. I have every other thing with Mint going just fine. The only thing holding me back is this sound. I know it should work because sometimes it does.
I have tried several live CD's, for example ZenWalk and with the live CD sound works every time.
Also, I don't think that this is specific to Mint. I have had this problem with at least one other Linux distro and with ZetaOS. However, I am so close with Mint and I really want to use it. There has to be somehthing....please my the Linux Gods smile down on me...