I am having a small issue and was wondering if anybody had any ideas on it. Sometimes when I bootup I have no sound like playing a mp3 or similar. I goto the sound properties and I see movement in the graph just no sound through the headset.
Now usuall if I reboot the sound kicks in and all is well. I tried moving the soundcard up a slot asnd it still does it, could this Creative SoundBlaster Z card be fading out or on the fritz?
I find it rather unlikely that this would be a faulty connection on the analog side of things because a) that wouldn’t get fixed so reliably by rebooting and b) you usually get crackling noises when you apply any kind of movement.
The most likely culprit would be windows using another audio interface, but it seems you have ruled that out. Quite odd indeed. Have you had a peek in the event log to see if something audio related sticks out?
And just to be sure, your headset connects to your soundcard via stereo jack, it’s not one of those usb thingamajigs, right? Does your headset have a builtin amplifier (does it need any kind of power source to function)?