Strange title, strange problem - and even stranger solution. Well, I mentioned earlier that my sound card had suddenly stopped working - just when I needed it the most.
I completed the work I needed to for the week with my digital dictaphone, took a couple of days off and now finally had chance to take a look inside the machine. I took the sound card out of it's PCI socket and promptly re-seated it. When I turned the computer back on it immediately popped up a 'Found New Hardware Wizard' and re-installed software/ driver (even though it was already installed). Sound is restored.
Curiously, during the time when the sound was down, my Windows system properties were reporting "This device is working properly". Even the DSP mixer software was registering meter activity.
Question is - can anyone offer any clues as to what could have caused my sound to go down in the first place? 'Cos I'm damned if I can work it out. I hate to say it - but it seems this thing has a mind of it's own. The sound card was in as tight as it was the day it went in there and the computer had not been moved, so no chance of it being dislodged. Just one day, suddenly no sound... but nothing was disconnected or seemingly damaged to the naked eye.
I don't know if this is a common occurrence but I remember it happening once before with another computer (if that's any help). I can't remember exactly if it was the same sound card or a different one. If you have any idea what could have caused the problem, I'd be very grateful if anyone could enlighten me, as the last thing I need is a repeat performance of this at another inconvenient time.