I ran that little script and now I at least know that my computer sees the soundcard. I am able to run alsamixer and adjust volume levels, but still no sound. XMMS doesn't give any errors when playing mp3s, I just have no volume. In alsamixer, I upped both the Master and Master Mono all the way up and have tried plugging my speakers into all of the audio acks on back.
Excited that you have helped me make some progress as I was seriously considerring returning this board for the Asus deluxe!