I need to record audio through the mic/line-in jack via scripts.
I want to use the minimal install disk (using 10.04 LTS) for the base install then install just enough to get the arecord utility loaded and functioning.

I have a Dell pe850 with an ASUS PCIe sound card- from lscpi -v:
02:04.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CMI8788 [Oxygen HD Audio]
	Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 8275
	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 16
	I/O ports at ec00 [size=256]
	Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
	Kernel driver in use: AV200
	Kernel modules: snd-virtuoso
This works fine when I run the live cd version of 10.04 LTS desktop, and I can install to the local disk and so long as I install the full desktop it works.

I have tried the following:

minimal install + alsa
minimal install + pulseadio
minimal install + alsa + pulseaudio

Everything I can find for troubleshooting require GUI tools.
Can anyone point me at something that will help?
I can't even get a reply over in the multimedia forum.