well i don't know if i can consider it solved (at least for now) but i got it working again, i booted up, and at the login screen instead of booting to the "default" desktop environment i dropped down the box and selected "fluxbox" -booted and then right clicked, hovered over window manager, and selected xfce4. it booted what seemed to be my regular desktop, wallpaper and all. (a few visual effects were different, almost as if it was set to a slightly different theme or something) but boom! the sound worked fine if i reroute to that. i then tried to reboot and booted back to my "default" desktop environment setting, and the sound still worked again. i don't know what the heck was wrong or glitching before but some how its like it corrected itself. i'm truly puzzled, but for right now it works fine again... thanks for the suggestions tho guys!