Brilliant detective work, and a great interpretation of the clues. BUt after reading the story it is still not fully clear as to if the actual fault was in software or in hardware, or in address assignment. Changing code was the fix, of course, but I am not sure that was the actual problem.
This sounds like a simple case of software debugging, not a particularly esoteric problem. I will add that there are all sorts of ongoing issues with PC sound. For example, when my Windows Vista machine goes to sleep, after it wakes up the sound system is down cause it can't see any of the hardware.
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not.
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