I have a T60 widescreen laptop with this soundcard: Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02) That audio device, though supposedly supported, will not work out of the box for many distributions I found out after smashing my head against the wall for some time. Well, I got it working and filed a bug because the hack shouldn't be necessary: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=222606 I thought I would share in case anyone else has had that problem, and from the looks of it, a lot of folks are running into this. So... this is what I did: 1. I ensured my box has the latest alsa 2. I added these two lines to /etc/rc.local: modprobe -r snd_hda_intel modprobe snd_hda_intel Reboot and sound should work.