Thank you so much for your response. I didn't know that EndItAll had a 2 version. I had already turned off RealPlayer etc. in the start section of MSConfig and checked the running programs to see if anything else that might want the audio devices was running. Whatever it is, it's quite stealthy. I looked in Start > Accessories > System Tools > System Information today and found that there were some problems in DirectX, probably some other things too, but I was in a hurry. In the end the decision was made to put in a new drive they had and reinstall the software. I'll be doing this tomorrow. I'll probably remain forever in the dark as to the true source of the problem. That irks me as I don't like to walk away from a puzzle. Other things I would normally have tried are, as you suggested, run EndItAll and HijackThis to see what options that would have presented. I also might have pulled out the hard drive and scanned it through my own machine. (I have a couple of USB hard drive enclosures that are useful for this.) Anyway, thanks again for your help, and I'll look into some of those programs I hadn't used before. --Douglas 0e60wq102@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > >EndItAll2 allows you to close or 'kill' any or all programs >optionally. It also shows filepaths to all running programs. > > > > > > -- ** Remove the anti-virus footer, ads, and this line and everything below when replying ** For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://www.freelists.org/webpage/24hoursupport To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.