I need to be sure that Pulseaudio is not causing ALSA to mis-recognise my sound card. I couldn't immediately find how to disable it, so I uninstalled Pulseaudio.

I have recovered from that decision, which I now know to be a little less than wise. I've read the man pages for PUlseaudio and decided that I am definitely not a member of the intended audience for this document. I don't want to do any software development to meet my objective of disabling PulseAudio, perhaps only on a temporary basis. Is this an unreal expectation in Linux?