everytime i turn on my computer it doesn't load the little speaker icon. i'd have to go into control panel and uncheck the box "place volume icon in taskbar" click apply , then click it again, then click apply again , in order for it to show. I'm kind of stuck to why it's doing this to me. I have two soundcards, one is an onboard. BUT! before we go ruling it out on that and taking the easy way out. I'd like to note that, it was working fine for a long , long , long time with both running. so , it's not that. i'm running XP w/ SP2, p4 ~3.2ghz,1gb ram, soundblaster live sound card. I was thinking that perhaps i could modify my startup items and add a command that makes the volume controller icon load up.i haven't bothered to try it that way , in the event that someone can possibly tell me a different way or perhaps the reason as to why this happened.