Thanks in advance for reading this and giving it even a little consideration...
Ok my problem. I had some pc issues - viruses and such - and my brother-in-law fixed it (he's in the industry). What we had to do was wipe the hard drive and start over. Since then I've noticed that the output volume is significantly lower than what it once was. I've checked all the volume "sliders" and anything else I could find to check. Also, Sometimes I start the pc and there's no sound at all. Then I restart and the sound comes back. (Why not ask the bro-in-law? A good question, one best left alone...)
Again, thanks for any assistance.