Try this. Control Panel> Sounds and Audio Devices> 'volume' tab> Speaker Settings 'Speaker Volume' button. I 'think' this is where you set the default sound level. Adjust it there and see what you see.
Solved it by COMPLETELY removing Winamp (and all references to the aforementioned Winamp), Cleaning up all the junk lying around, then finially Re-installing Winamp (used custom install settings and installed everything).
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS