Well, after two days of trying all of my tricks to retrieve my sound after a driver update crashed my sound and froze any program using music, not to mention a few on the side, too, I figured out the solution several clicks deep into the control panel. Five minutes later, I got a note from my swamped dear tech bud suggesting trying that solution, too. I love to solve problems, esp computer problems. The intermittent crashes are still beyond my skill level, though, so he'll help me with that this weekend. Can you see me patting myself on the back???
Doc appointment this morning, so you'll just have to do with my bragging in this post:-)