I finally got the nerve to install Redhat 9 again. I have in the past found it impossible to get my AC’97 soundcard to work. Therefore I have never used the -only- version of Linux I have ever paid for.
First I discovered recently that this soundcard is backwards from most soundcards, and only Windows at the time has drivers to map this, or so I thought… So, plug the speakers in the pink jack (normally reserved for microphone use… because that’s what the pink jack is for). IT WORKS!!! SOUND!
Okay, but this was undesirable, because when I plugged my mic into the speaker jack (green), it would create some sort of digital reverberation… ??? When I turned the microphone volume up (which oddly enough the mic didn’t work) it would scream digital maddness out of the speakers.
Back to ALSA, and lo and behold… it now REALLY supports my soundcard. Like it was supposed to (as it said) months ago. I guess I shouldn’t complaint though seeing how it is free software. Yeah, my sound works, and I am happy to report that I am typing this on Redhat 9.