Hi all,
First of all I should mention I run Mepis and previously used onboard sound.. but anyhow,
I bought a Creative Soundblaster 5.1 card today, installed it and can't get it working.
When I log in I get the message:

Sound server informational message
Error while initialising the sound driver:
Device /dev/dsp can't be opened (No such device)
The sound service will continue using the null output device.

I've run a few commands to check things, as below:

root@0[geek]# cat /dev/urandom > /dev/dsp
bash: /dev/dsp: No such device

however, /dev/dsp is there, and its permissions are fine because of..

geek@0[~]$ ls -l /dev/dsp
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root audio 9 2005-08-07 13:55 /dev/dsp -> /dev/dsp0
geek@0[~]$ ls -l /dev/audio
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root audio 11 2005-08-07 13:55 /dev/audio -> /dev/audio0
geek@0[~]$ ls -l /dev/mixer
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root audio 11 2005-08-07 13:55 /dev/mixer -> /dev/mixer0

The system is also recognising the card.. it seems i just need to get dev/dsp to see eachother..

It seems to have the module and everything.. (emu10k1)

Module Size Used by
snd_pcm_oss 37160 0
snd_mixer_oss 12032 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_emu10k1 64264 0
snd_rawmidi 13348 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_pcm 57480 2 snd_pcm_oss,snd_emu10k1
snd_timer 14340 1 snd_pcm
snd_seq_device 3976 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi
snd_ac97_codec 47236 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_page_alloc 5128 2 snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm
snd_util_mem 1536 1 snd_emu10k1
snd_hwdep 4356 1 snd_emu10k1
snd 30820 10 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_emu10k1,snd_rawmidi, snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_seq_device,snd_ac97_codec,sn d_util_mem,snd_hwdep
soundcore 3936 1 snd

Thats the basic problem and I'm sure a few of you have theories already, I've checked a few other things out I will paste their outputs too, as well as any you ask for in order to help.

geek@1[~]$ /sbin/fuser /dev/dsp
bash: /sbin/fuser: No such file or directory

geek@1[~]$ ps aux >/dev/dsp
bash: /dev/dsp: No such device

root@1[geek]# modprobe emu10k1