Try right clicking the taskbar and select properties.Customize.And look for the sound icon it will have a dropdown bar beside it make sure always show is showing Ok.Apply Ok. If you press the arrow on the Taskbar to show hidden icons does it show or is there no arrow.
exodus... In the depths of a serious project at the moment - and having a quick look, there seem to be a lot of drivers that might be 'the one'. So I'll have to wait until later before looking deeper and trying that out.
buteman... Didn't make myself 100% clear there :-\ Have tried all sorts in the customize and past items area. All to no avail.
Did a quick Google on the topic. Not a lot of help there. The best that anyone came up with is that after a few times of going through resetting it each boot, the icon will remember what to do.
As I have just recently changed my keyboard to one that has multimedia controls on it (including a 'mute' control) and loaded the appropriate drivers for it, that might have upset things a bit and the above paragraph may become true.
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