okay so this started back when i had windows vista, i thought upgrading to 7 would take care of it, but it carried over to the new operating system. here's the 2 problems i have, and i believe they are tied together or i wouldnt mention the browser one.
problem 1: volume control. at completely random times, the volume controller will just take over and turn itself all the way down or all the way up. any attempt by me to move it it just resets, if i slide the bar to the top it'll slide it back to the bottom, and vice versa. more often than not it turns the sound down. but once in a while it maxes my volume. the only way i can regain control of the sound is to reboot.
problem 2: i only mention this cuz it happens simultaneously with the sound problem so im pretty sure they're related. my browser will act normally until the problem kicks in, then it acts as if someone is hitting the "back button" and holding it down. i cant go forward a page, i cant open a web page, i cant do anything, it stays on my homepage forever. you can see it try to go to a new page but then poof its back on the home page. this makes browsing or using the internet impossible.
to shoot down the obvious answers here's what ive tried or what i know.
*ive installed, uninstalled, reinstalled, screamed at, kicked the drivers
for the sound card. ive tried older versions of it, newest versions of it, generic versions of it, none work.
*the browser is not specific to 1 type, it does it in everything, even if you just open up the desktop, click on C: it goes back to desktop. or if you start with C: and click windows it goes back to C:. firefox, flock, netscape, IE, doesnt matter which, once it starts it does it to all of them .
*ive run norton antivirus, kaspersky, and any other antivirus programs i can get my hands on.
im at the end of my rope. this is a high end gaming computer, that i cant enjoy games on without my sounds. gateway says if i send it to them they'll likely just reformat the whole thing and send it back to fix "registry errors".
so yeah. im open to any ideas. im comfortable with editing registries and whatnot if need be so dont be afraid to get detailed.
and PS: not to be mean but dont bother giving me googled answers as ive spent like a hundred hours googling it lol.
thank you in advance.