C-Media audio chipsets are often found on motherboards with on-board audio and provides system tray access to change audio settings. This is an unnecessary startup entry which you can safely disable.
If you have have Spybot S&D installed, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick the entry (Mixer.exe) it will no longer run at startup.
If you don't have starter then use one of these startup managers:
Starter by CodeStuff: http://codestuff.cjb.net/
Edit: Almost forgot. Then go to Start > Control Panel and select Sounds & Audio Devices Properties. Place a check mark in the box next to "Place volume icon in the taskbar".
Edited by quietman7, 10 June 2006 - 02:10 PM.