I spoke to my friend Christy at great length about the lack of sound on my computer. Ultimately she found the phone number for HP Help! so I called and got this wonderful guy named Michael H.
He seized control of my computer and marveled right along with me at the lack of sound. Then he did lots of astonishing things and decided that my speakers didn't work.
Stop snickering. I'd considered that many times and had plugged my headset in many times and not gotten any sound many times. So in addition to determining that my speakers didn't work, the fabulous Michael H. performed long distance miracles.
Anyway, I now can hear things through the headset. I don't much like headsets, but then again, I don't much like sound on my computer. Although now that I have it, I'll probably use it all the time. Maybe I'll even buy new speakers.
Earlier today, I e-mailed my editor to ask how her pondering was going, and while I was falling in love with Michael H., she e-mailed back to explain that this was a very busy week for her and she hadn't had time to ponder.
I guess that gives me more time to spend pondering the wonders of Michael H!