windows mute would work fine by itself without RR running, but when RR mutes (manually) it also sets the windows volume to 0. it seems to be an issue with RR, probably just my settings.
and im not even going to even try to guess. doing a full system reformat. i wasnt even getting the voiceover to mute the music during the initial greeting so screw it. i had installs crossed up anyway, my winXP partition was letter D: and that alone caused a lot of headaches (only because i wasnt aware it was D, so sometimes i would install stuff to C: as the system root)