More important things have happened over the week but the one thing that stands out at the moment is this little tidbit:

Cleaning a volume control knob with alcohol
. I would probably have never thought of that.

Freaking awesome.

I’ve been having trouble with my Creative Inspire 6.1 6600 for several months now. Heck, it’s probably been about a year. I would set the volume to somewhere between 3 and 5 and it would start fading out, then back in and then out again. Lately it had been really all over the place.

I finally got fed up with it and decided I would reapply solder to the circuit board in the wired remote but that didn’t do any good.

In the end it is a simple fix – Alcohol. This shouldn’t surprise me as this is what we had to do with Nintendo games (as my wife reminds me) years ago. The contacts evidently get grime on them and don’t conduct like they’re supposed to.

Now if the popping will go away. 😐