Ok.. my poor Me computer (not really - I think it's tired of me bragging about its replacement so it's waging war...)

A few days ago, it froze, as usual, and I do to do a hot reboot (yes?) When it came back up, I tried to play a sound file, i got an error... that happened a few times before I realized that the volume control on my task bar was gone. In the controller thing, all of my sound coptions are greyerd out My dad said maybe my sound card got fried.

Ok, I can handle that...

But then today I went to upload my pics from my digital camera... first it said it was adding new hardware! Then nothing happened. So I tried again and m y D: drvve was there for a sec but now it's gone

How do I find it again?!?