while rechecking the sound audio devices section I used the hardware check tool & it said hardware was not making sounds. which is true obviously, though i thought it was to do with settings. & I can't reconcile this with being able to hear the playback on the audacity file I was editing. So is that something reinstalling the driver will fix?
Is this a problem that installing audacity frequently triggers? I mean is it likely to repeat if I reinstall it? Otherwise I don't know how I'm going to run the USB turntable for WAV.
Also is the age of this computer, being from around the turn of the decade, still running on USB 1:1 likely to be relevant? Seemed to work ok right up until the installation of the audacity for the USB turntable anyway.