For the past few days, since getting the newest update to Adobe Flash Player I've had a very annoying problem with watching youtube videos. The sound quality while watching videos is just terrible. Depending on if it's a song with a lot of bass, singing, or a video with just commentary, the distortion differs. It's a craking, static-y sound, like a poorly tuned radio in some cases. Some videos, especially with certain frequencies of sound as I've said, can be a very heavily distorted.
I was completely fine, with perfect audio all around before accepting the update. I didn't place Adobe Flash as the cause for a while, but after eliminting so many other causes, Adobe Flash is what I feel is the problem. Every other source of audio on my computer still plays perfectly(iTunes, MP3, MP4, etc), it's only youtube. I also tried other video sites such as Vimeo which I believed to run with flash as well and really didn't notice the distortion, but also I can't find a perfect video comparison, so I really can't be sure and don't want to rule them out. Youtube is the only one I absolutely can tell is affected, badly. I checked my firefox Plugins and the Shockwave plugin from Flash is indeed enabled. Also, it happens regardless of whether I watch a youtube video with Firefox or IE. And a final note, I am the admin of this computer, and the only user.
I run Windows 7 64bit
I use Firefox as my main web browser.
I have the lastest Adobe Flash update (18.104.22.168).
I use a Toshiba M645-S4070 laptop.
Intel i5 Processor
Realtek High Definition (I believe this is the soundcard)
I've been looking through threads both here, on microsoft help, and through google search in general trying to solve this and nothing has worked.
I tried uninstalling and re-installing, both with and without full computer reboots between the instalations/unistalations, updating my sound card drivers, checking and disabling my firewall when installing, installing offline, checking to make sure audio enhancement was off (right click on youtube video > settings).
I'm really at loss, and it can be painful to use youtube now as things stand. Also, if I need to post more of my computer's information please say so, since I'm not very knowlagable how to get more specs than what I posted.
Hope someone can help, thanks.