Okay! I've tried everything I can think of... including, but not limited to, uninstalling and reinstalling both Firefox and Chrome (I'd do it to Explorer but Windows doesn't let you), uninstalling flash, reinstalling the new version onto each browser. And...I don't even know what all else.
So here's the problem. About two weeks ago my YouTube on Chrome just randomly stopped playing audio. It's not limited to just YouTube, but also ArmorGames.com, the videos and games still play fine...except there is no sound. Yes the speakers are on, and yes the volume is turned up all the way (both on the player and on the speakers). No sound.
I finally found a temporary fix for Firefox. Which is essentially this option under Help> Troubleshooting Information> Reset Firefox. And it does what it sounds like, it resets...something, in Firefox that allows me to play YouTube videos for a while with sound! Until I get error messages saying the videos can't load, I hit that button again, and magically they can load again.
Okay so here's the problem with Firefox. When I got to my photobucket account, the places where you click to copy the link? Those don't show up, not until I switch pages, but it's not long enough to actually grab a link. I like Firefox because as of a month or two ago Chrome decided it wanted to not save messages if I hit the back-button.
I play on a chat rp site where there's a relatively small buffer of text. If you go over it, the system pops up that you went over it. I used to hit the back-button and voila, my post would be there. But no more! I have to figure if I'm typing for too long and then ctrl+a and ctrl+c to copy everything. Not a huge deal, but when I forget I just lost a massive post. It's beyond frustrating.
I'm giving all of this information because I would like to continue using Chrome. However if YouTube doesn't work, then I'll have to use Firefox in addition. And that's just annoying. Plus using Firefox isn't a solution to the problem it's just a work-around and I still have no idea what's wrong.
Also, I get the same issues with Explorer (but I mostly use that just for email so I don't care). The crazy thing is that I have Creeper World 2 from KnuckleCracker.com on my system. Fun game, totally done in flash, and it works and plays fine directly on my computer.
I honestly have no clue what's going on, and I feel like it's only a matter of time until Firefox stops working with YouTube as well.
Oh, I also run Vista 64-bit, dunno if that matters or not.