I'm new to this website so I apologise if this is not in the correct place. I'd appreciate it if someone could move the post to its appropriate place if that's so.
I'm having trouble with my audio. I can watch the video on youtube for example but I can't hear any audio on youtube videos. The same goes for any other website with videos or an online game (on a website) which contains audio.
My audio works on:
- mp3 files
- windows media player movies
- on games that I need to download/use a launcher for/that use java.
I really want to be able to listen to videos on youtube for example. I'm just wondering what is wrong.
My audio was working fine early in the morning yesterday but then suddenly the audio dissapeared.
I use google chrome, so I tried uninstalling/reinstalling adobe flash and so on but it seems superfluous as apparently google chrome has the latest adobe flash inbuilt to it. Also that didn't change things like the audio on BBC iplayer which is separate from youtube - i still can't heaar audio.
I have Realtek HD Audio Manager. I'm using Windows XP.
Nothing is muted.
I've got speakers and plug my headphones into them. My realtek audio manager says in the Audio I/O section, "8CH Speaker". It used to be "Headphone" but I had to change it to "8CH speaker" after i tried to update my files with one of those driver updater softwares which ended up doing the same thing, possibly deleting parts of my audio software/driver in the process of trying to update them (I couldn't hear audio on youtube videos). When I changed the settings to 8CH Speaker i could hear the sound again though. Right now I can't hear audio on either the "Headphone" setting or "8CH Speaker" setting when I'm on the internet. The issue with the driver updater was many weeks ago and after I switched to "8CH Speaker" I thought everything was fine and had forgotten about the previous issue as it was a long time ago.
Another piece of information that might be useful: I'm not sure if this is just my imagination but on google chrome, if you look at the address bar, before every single website, including google.com, to the left there is an icon of a blank sheet with a fold in the corner. I clicked it and it says, "The identity of this website has not been verified" and "your connection to [website here] has not been encrypted" and also "you have never visited this site before today", the latter of which for example is a lie because i've visited youtube almost everyday for the past couple of months. I clicked for more information ("what do these mean?") and it refers to the icon as meaning, "The site isn't using SSL". Not sure what that means but it might be relevant as I don't think I remember seeing that icon from before.
I really can't think of what has gone wrong though. I'll follow any instructions if anyone is willing to help (I'm a bit of a novice with computers though) - thanks a lot.