I'm sad that it's come to this. I consider myself pretty tech savvy, at least enough to solve the various problems I've had these past 10 years or so of using a computer everyday, but I'm giving up on this one
Problem - AUDIO does not work in Flash video embeds in IE8, Chrome, or Firefox. Video works perfectly. In other words, youtube videos can play the video fine but it just seemingly has the audio muted. Obviously this affects ALL flash embeds not just youtube (so collegehumor, random flash apps, etc. etc. are affected). This is on WinXP Home with the latest versions of all 3 browsers and Flash.
- Clean uninstalling, fresh reinstalling of Adobe Flash
- Checking my audio settings in control panel for abormalities
- Clearing internet cookies, temp files, etc.
- Using Adobe Flash Settings Manager
- Various registry fixes suggested on other websites
- Attempted to fix using k-lite codec tweak tool, CCleaner
- Checked my Windows\System32 dir for missing key files
- System Restore
- Updated DirectX, various XP updates
I've spent maybe a total of 3-4 hours on this issue googling and trying everything suggested. I have a laptop that has a lot of the same programs (although its on WinXP Pro not Home) and used for the same tasks, but has no problem with flash. There are no apparent sound issues from any other media program on my computer (winamp, wmp, vlc are all fine). I don't think anything I've done could've caused some sort of abrupt change to Flash either. iirc, I just woke up one day and it was just like that.
If anyone can help me solve my issue I'll pay them $20 via paypal, pokerstars or full tilt poker. Thanks!
UPDATE - Ok I think I've isolated it to be a sound card issue. Somewhere down the line my flash audio was fixed but sound from my computer died. I realized at some point that this wasn't a Flash issue anymore and became a sound card issue. Seems like the sound card works supposedly, but the inputs in the back are messed up (since the front headphone input works).
So I'm not really sure what exactly got my Flash audio working again. It probably was reinstalling the sound card for the 5th time (when I decided on a dell-suggested version rather than the latest realtek version), or it could've been one of the many random things I had been doing these past 2 days. Therefore, I'll just split the $20 between people who I think contributed most to helping my situation:
Sky101, Equaoh, Shockeyy (For suggesting live support which led me to the on-system Dell Support Center that has recommended driver updates)