Hey guys. I just removed Ubuntu from my system and I suspect this is related to my issue (my computer's issue, I mean xD). Basically, the voices in all my music and games don't play (I can hear them a tiny bit, but it sounds like the singers are in the bottom of a well!). Sound effects and musical instruments sound like they've been through a high-pass filter, and the volume varied a great deal from note to note. I suspected the voice cancellation had been turned on, but my audio hardware doesn't have that option, and neither does any of the software. (I suppose there could be some program I don't know about, though. This computer has surprised me more than once before.) And here's the weirdest part: Instead of panning side to side, moving the Balance slider to its extremes almost fixes the sound (but doesn't pan :suspiciou ). Any ideas? Edit: My headphones are sorta on their way out. Anyone think it's possible that the left and right wires are touching and interfering with each other (and stopping the pan from working)?