As I was reading through the test-list archive, I remembered that I, too, was having the
same problem regarding sound and EMU10k. Never worked since trying to initialize sound at
installation. At that moment, I recalled what other distributions have done, installing
with all mixer settings DOWN. I opened KMIX (my Gnome isn't working right now, but
that's for a different message), and adjusted my sliders. They appeared to be up a
little, but I moved them up more anyway (what would it hurt if it isn't working,
right?). Then I opened up System Settings > Soundcard Detection, and I could barely
hear the test pattern. I bumped up my speaker volume a little, and viola! Sound works!