OK an update: (or just more detail)
I have reloaded the latest driver, i have double-checked volume settings, i have set windows systems sounds to default and i have tested my speakers with Direct X (latest 9.0c).
I have sound in:
I don't have sound in:
Windows system sounds (like start up, new email, error dings) I can't even sample them through controlpanel ----> sounds and audio devices.
No sound through flash applications
Some internet site's background music play, some dont.
I can't hear any sounds from my IMs (yahoo, msn, aol, icq)
I have noticed other people with a similar problem but they all have Macs. I have run virus scans, spybot and adware scans, removed programs i don't want anymore or thought might have caused this.
I'm still having a problem. It's not like a i can't live without it, but it's kinda a let down if i wanna play games through icq or watch flash movies!
Please! Any suggestions???