GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Sound words just fine with at least kernel 2.6.18 using the snd-hda-intel module.
Sound did not originally work with kernel 2.6.16 -- the card is recognised, and the driver seems to be working (applications run just fine and claim to be working) but no sound (and not muted!).
It appears (and is corroborated with other comments) that this sound driver doesn't work with 2.6.16 kernel!
The front panel media buttons were mapped using the Gnome Keyboard Shortcuts utility to appropriate functions in Gnome (mute, decrease and increase volume). The keyboard function keys are also mapped. They seem to work (but still can't get sound to work).