If there is no other way to fix the problem then why not reinstall windows. It would save me time, I just do not want to have to call MS again to get my product key, they have no sense of humor and are very unhappy people to deal with, especially with getting a product key. Its enough incentive to learn Linux. Also: I tried the resetting the ACPI under device manager. Surprisingly . . . it did not work! I am about ready to drop this computer of mine from a precarious altitude. Thank you for all your help, but I think I have just about given up, unless someone else has any ideas. I thought the problem was isolated to direct sound, but NONE of my drivers work, not even midi. I think I will try swapping the cards in different combinations to each of the PCI slots and finding if that will work, otherwise I have no idea of what to even think of trying.