I've recently installed Snow Leopard in my MacBook. I made a clean installation, although I restored some data and settings from a Time Machine backup, and the first weird thing I noticed was that the «Welcome video» had no sound at all.
I've discovered later that the sound was disabled/muted whenever Snow Leopard started, although I could listen the startup chime anyway. It was perfectly possible to enable the sound again just by pressing a button, but this issue was kind of weird.
I've found in a forum people with the same problem. Some users even experience their sound volume reseted to a specific value. How can this be solved?