If you think I haven't solved my problem by changing the sound card why didn't you say so when I took the time to write back thanking you for your assistance?
It sounds like you *did* solve your problem by changing out the sound card. However, your problem was simply that couldn't get the other one to work - not necessarily that it was a bad card. I don't believe that your card was bad, and I don't believe that mine is, either. So, newer friendlier card + desired result = problem solved. I'm still having your old problem.
For me, changing the card is not an option. I need to stick this out, and I'd like to figure out what is going on, if possible. I'm sure that this must be related to some lack of knowledge on my part, as there are too many people using this card to think otherwise, and perserverance will surely help someone else out later on.
For what I know, I'm probably not following some simple instruction somewhere. My hope was that somebody else did this, at some other point. I tried searching threads, but no real solid leads. I'll keep searching while I wait for an answer.
Thanks for your help!