Browser audio issues

I'm having some weird issues with the audio on my work computer. If I'm watching a video or listening to some music in Chrome or Firefox, the audio comes out all distorted (I can still make out what it is, but a lot of echo/reverb). If I watch the same video or listen to the same stream in Internet Explorer, it sounds fine.

I've updated Flash, and I'm running the latest version of Chrome and Firefox. Any thoughts on what's going on?

I had that happen on a couple of videos, but then the problem cleared up. I think maybe I logged out and back in again, which restarts the video and sound drivers. Maybe try that and see what happens.

If you've already tried that, hmm. Well, if it were my machine, the first thing I'd try would be completely removing and then reinstalling Flash, probably with a reboot in between. If it was still squirrely, the next thing I'd try would be a new Firefox profile, to see if another plugin was somehow interfering. If that didn't clear it up, the next thing I'd probably try would be an entirely new, separate user account in Windows. And then I'd try new video and sound drivers.

If it was STILL wonky, I'd be hunting online for bug reports, and if I couldn't find other people with the same problem, I'd start fooling with other sound generation programs to see if I could trigger the bug with anything except Flash.

After that, dunno what I'd do.

Malor wrote:

If you've already tried that, hmm. Well, if it were my machine, the first thing I'd try would be completely removing and then reinstalling Flash, probably with a reboot in between. If it was still squirrely, the next thing I'd try would be a new Firefox profile, to see if another plugin was somehow interfering. If that didn't clear it up, the next thing I'd probably try would be an entirely new, separate user account in Windows. And then I'd try new video and sound drivers.

Flash with Chrome though is contained in the Chrome install, isn't it? So both the regular flash install plus the chrome install would have to be screwed up for that to be the cause.

It would make more sense if IE and Firefox had the issue together, since those would install together I think.

Well, I just started getting complete Firefox lockups anytime Flash was invoked. I've worked around it for the moment by removing Flash.

Chrome has issues with allowing Adobe's flash package to install over it, requiring the user to disable the other versions running. This problem usually leads to crashes, however, not distorted sound. Possible to check your mic/audio settings in Flash to see if something is wonky there?

So, a complete removal and reinstallation of Flash seems to have fixed my freezing problems. Dunno what the heck was up with that.

I'm still seeing that Steam videos will not play fullscreen -- I'm not sure if those are flash-based or not. Well, more accurately, they play, but they show like 1 frame per second, where they're normal speed in the small window.

Chrome Flash has been buggy for me forever. It really, really sucks. And this is on Windows. From reading tech blogger twitter posts (they all seem to use macs), Chrome on Mac is much worse.

Also, got to do some searching on this thing that's started happening in the last couple of weeks: hyperlinks from outside of a browser (twitter client, email, document) won't work 90% of the time on the first click. But generally on the second click, they work. So the first tab will be blank, but if I click it again, the second tab will load.

Don't know if it's Chrome or Windows to blame.

Sucks. I've not had any problems with Chrome in Windows since disabling the extra Flash installs. I've seen the blank tab thing happen, but only rarely.

So, the issue eventually migrated to IE as well. Problem was resolved by removing and re-installing audio drivers (took trying about 6 different packages from the Dell site, but that's another story).