Originally Posted by Geep
Apsalus as you can see if you read my response to Veazer that I know your Desktop audio panel though I have disabled that now at the bios level in lieu of the 2 Creative cards. It was just fine but I needed multi inputs and much quieter one: the Abit nforce2 line in had a high DC offset which may not be your case.
Back to Dell/Sigmatel I have the same 2 greyed out faders. When the Creative software gets installed it polls for available hardware and then writes the proper ini's registry etc.. The next Sig chip 9220 has like 6 or 8 outputs.
The requirement of muting is not necessarily connected to integrated audio. Again check for prefs and options because a well written program should be able to run scripts that will auto mute what needs to be muted upon opening and hopefully return to previous state upon closing. If it dosen't in the most recent release. Find there "wish list" and log your feature request. Until you get that a shortcut to multimedia properties placed in the quick launch should save time muting better than right clicking the little speaker. Let us know what you uncover.