Stumbled onto the Dell Support forums while rummaging the support area. Sure enough, there was a long assed thread on the SoundBlaster Live card I got. Part of the reason I spent a few hundred more on the 4550 instead of the 2350 was the separate sound blaster audio card and an nvida video card as opposed to built in stuff on the motherboard. Turns out the Sound Blaster is a proprietary Dell thing made in who knows where and not supported by Creative Labs at all. So I have two options, buy a real card or go back to XP. I went to Staples and bought a SB PCI512 card. It is a step down from the live, but budget only allowed a $50 expenditure. I know I could have got the Live for fifty online somewhere, but I wanted the easy return option of a neighborhood brick and mortar store just in case the card wasn’t the problem. It was. The new card works fine, I’m happy now overall, but unhappy with Dell.