|Yureka! Instead of Googling "low audio Windows XP", I tried "Low audio Realtek."|
This took me to a list of several mentions of this problem. As we all know there is a pink (microphone in), a green (line OUT), and a blue (line IN) jack in the back of most, and my, PCs. One link took me to a forum where a man had the same consternation as I. He finally just set the line IN jack up as line OUT. Problem solved. I did this, also. PROBLEM OF LOW VOLUME SOLVED! Apparently these jacks can fail, resulting in bad or low volume. I guess one of my jacks to my integrated sound card has just gone bad. Too bad its integrated. But, I'm thinking of getting a whole new MOBO to support a faster chip, anyway. I'll live with this work-around until then.