Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:40 PM
I've jumped-the-gun on you, I'm afraid. I went to Device Manager, right-clicked on the two highlighted items and saw menus that let me install drivers. I did so and I NOW HAVE AUDIO AND NORMAL WINDOWS SOUNDS! (I'm listening to Johnny Winter, Stones, Zappa, etc. Life is good again). BUT, while listening to a CD, the computer crashed again. After unplug/re-plug, Windows restarted normally.... no messages. When installing the drivers, I got a string of "DO NOT INSTALL" warnings ("did not pass Windows logo testing"). I usually bow to these kinds of things, but decided to continue installing since what was being installed was either a re-install or a DELL website recommended install.
Please advise if you think these problems have been connected or am I just having a bad computers week? (Timing suggests the former, to me). I thought a new install of drivers would cure the shutdown-while-playing-CD problem, but I guess I'm wrong. The computer has plenty of unused hard drive space, I keep anti-virus, anti-malware, and security apps updated. I don't use the CD player very much. I AM considering adding another 512MB of memory (maybe more), but I don't want to do that if my system is about to give up the ghost. (Oh, and my wife watches a lot of Chinese soap operas on the 'net. It's the CCTV stuff. It doesn't seem to have caused any problems, although the Spybot "immunize" screen does, at times, show some interesting numbers for her user domain listing.)
Any opinions, suggestions, criticisms, etc, will be much appreciated. And THANK YOU, again, for your help.