for some reason i am having sound issues inside games like team fortress2 wich are related to having set speaker settings to surround sound when using stero speakers. im using head phones windows XP, I try to change the settings to headphones. but the problem persists. here is what happens : when i change the setting in <windows> control panel> sound from 7.1 to headphones, then return to the menu it has change back from headphones to 7.1. this problem started about 2 days ago , : ( all i want is stereo sound ? I also suspect that the IDT audio program which is not starting on startup anymore may also be a problem. but i can still run it from control panel . its also possible that some options in the IDT program like "headphone virtualization support", which i cant remember if i changed recently are the problem. I know very little about audio software. i cant hear windows sounds either right now : ( but i can hear most of a Cd i have in the Cd rom ? but it cuts out a bit . just rebooted and there is not Audio at all, windows can no longer see any audio devices. on device manager MICROSOFT WINMM wdm audioo compatibility Driver is "not working properly" "A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32) Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device." did a system restore, i have sound but not system sound. will do the normal maintence and check back here to see if anyone has any suggestions.