I've seen some distros where the sound is muted by default. I can't for the life of me recall if Mint was one of them though.
But now I am typing this from a new, fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 i386 and there still is no sound. It's driving me nuts already. I begin to believe I will never have sound in Linux. Back for me to Google to see if others have had sound issues with ANY linux distro for the Creative Soundblaster Xfi Xtreme Audio (or any Creative SB Xfi card for that matter) card, and see what they did about it
Oh, and btw the numpad works perfectly in Ubuntu 12.04 i386 (yep, I just installed another distro) and I freakin' love the new design already :D
So anyway, this numpad thingy works by default in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, only in Mint 14 x64 Xfce seems to be faulty, even though at the recommendation of someone on a Linux forum I installed numpadx something (sorry I don't remember the name of the package/driver/utility/whatever that was lol).
So, only Mint has thie issue so far (and maybe only Mint Xfce, Or Mint 14, or Mint x64, or maybe all 3 of them, but this is a Mint issue as far as I could gather).
Thanks for your help though :)