I feel bad for kind of jacking this guy's thread but I hope I'm helping him out just as well.
I am currently running Windows 7. One other thing I've found out is when I enable front panel audio in the BIOS the speakers show up as being plugged in to the front panel (the case I have doesn't have any front panel ports, therefor I don't have front panel connected on the mobo). I'm at a loss
I'm running a system file check now to make sure I don't have any corrupt or missing Windows system files. I'm getting down to the nitty gritty and might just go out and buy a cheap PCI sound card