I have this pain in the ass problem with HP's mute button on my nc8430 laptop (Hp quick launch buttons). The core of the problem is that the system mutes the sound by default and the orange light on the button is always on. In reality that means that anytime I want to play something with sounds (mp3, movie, flash online video,..) the system needs like 10 seconds to turn on the sound card and after I finish playing the media file it again goes back to mute.
I tried installing/uninstalling different versions of "uncompatible" HP's QLB drivers
, installing differend sound card drivers but nothing helps. The sound comes out everytime, except it needs 10+ secs every fuc***** time!?
If anyone has similar problems and found any solutions I'd be most grateful!!