Yes, my sound card is the Asus Xonar D2X as mentioned in the thread. No, I don't use HDMI. I Don't obtain sound through my monitors speakers (it doesn't have any). I just output to an old set of Creative 560 5.1 speakers. The driver that it uses in Windows is signed by C-Media, but the drivers on the Asus website are only designated for Windows. I've only scanned the thread that I linked, but I got the impression that I could use a driver that is from C-Media, not from Asus. I didn't read far enough to know, but it sounded as though the sound using that driver would suffer in quality though. The author described some fixes, but I'm unsure if those fixes were just to make the driver work, or if it would improve the sound quality though. In any case, since Kubuntu did properly identify the sound card, it should have been able to load the right driver, but it didn't. EDIT: Regarding your comment about the advantage you feel that Clonezilla has over TI, I see it a bit differently, because it isn't necessary to use it installed on the OS, it can be used from a CD, without the need for the OS to be working. I have never attempted to create an image that way, because if the OS is down, I certainly don't want to copy it then. I use the CD only for recovery purposes. Running TI is far more convenient, and much easier to run incremental backups, because it can be automated. Therefore I really only need to directly access TI on the OS to do the initial setup, or to start a new incremental series fresh.