Well... it's a little better.
Now, it gets to 70% and tops out instead of 25% in the volume manager app. The last 30% have no effect. The front output (which I'm not even using anyway) is at 100% now in alsamixer, but the PCM is now changed from 0->100 when I change volume in the app from 0->70%, then master goes from 74->100
Also, at 5% in the volume control applet, I don't get sound anymore, I get what I can only refer to as static.
Anyone have any other ideas?