Originally Posted by Arie |
More then likely: No |
Just make sure you got all the latest updates & drivers.
I uninstalled the SoundMAX driver and used Microsoft Windows Vista High Definition driver that came along with Windows Vista. Nothing has improved. So, I wondered if it's the driver's problem. I then found something interesting which might be of interest in resolving the problem.
The volume control uses volmgr.sys 6.0.6001.18000, which I think is irrelevant. On the other hand, there is a file SndVol.exe, which is a Volume Control Applet of the same version, which is being created whenever you click the Volume Mixer icon in the sound icon. The Volume Control Applet seems to have different file sizes and different volume control slide bars inside, at different instant you open it. So, I think if Vista "believes" a sound application is "inactive" then it will not show the sound application on the Volume Mixer. There is a delay in reflecting which sound applications are still active. You may have closed a sound application a few minutes agoe, or a few hours, or even a few days ago, the Volume Mixer may still have the sound application appearing. All a sudden, it disappeared. It seems that the response to "find" "inactive" sound applications has been much faster, after I increased RAM
and upgraded to Vista SP1
a few days ago.
The problem is: I don't use microphone very often. I mute it most of the time. It may have given the Volume Manager a false impression that it should be an "inactive" device! Too clever is the design!
Is it the new on-demand application (applet) generator, or so called "Pre-application Volume Control"? I have no idea. Any one has any idea?