Hi I was just playing a game I have, which I've played for a long time without any problems, and suddenly, during the game, the sound on my headset started to get distorted, progressively, until it finally went mute. At first I thought my headset had broken, and installed my speakers instead, but it remained mute, and when I tried to play any music or sound files, winamp wouldn't even start playing (I mean, the progress bar on the sound wouldn't move). I checked DxDiag and it still recognized the soundboard as being there, while Windows' Hardware Device list wouldn't find it. I restarted the computer, and now not even DxDiag detects the soundcard. This time around, when trying to play a sound file, winamp tells me I have no DirectSound Driver installed. The problem is, though, that when I try to run the setup for any sound drivers, the setup simply shuts down right after starting up. The soundboard is a RealTek AC97 AudioLabs, or something like that, and it already came on the motherboard, which is an A8N-SLI Deluxe. Does anybody have any idea what this whole thing is about?