Did the alsamixer -c1 and it kept going back to default when I set correct soundcard.
I had already checked the mute . It was not muted. I tried a few things for several hours playing with it and ended up breaking it a bit, lol
So, did a fresh install as that was easiest at this point to start again from scratch.
Then went into console and pulled up alsamixer settings again as you suggest.
it was set to an incorrect default again. (HDMI sound instead of my alc889a hi def realtec/sb onboard)
Set it to correct card ( that was in fact showing as an option btw)
dropped console and it still seemed not to work.
Opened VLC and picked an mkv off HD. no sound. Set it correctly in audio options in VLC and bingo! Now it works in VLC and the mixer settings in alsa changed and look correct now too.
I have not checked other software like playing mp3’s and system sounds and such YET. But will and report back.
BUT HEY…getting there.
Gonna do the updates l8r tonight. Hope it doesn’t break the sound again.