Any thoughts?

With onboard sound:

Having trouble getting on board sound card to record. Can _sometimes_ bring
up vu meters in krec but not all the time (think I have sussed that bit).
Not had a proper recording. Volume control slider has two settings on/off.

Am I correct in assuming that an old Soundblaster Audigy would work a lot

For this PC, at present, 2ch playback and recording, reliably, is the name
of the game.

Bit frustrated,