This is something that never happened until this past week - around June 21. Videos start and play fine in YouTube, but after some time, it will pause and buffer for a f… (funda kabanzi)
This is something that never happened until this past week - around June 21. Videos start and play fine in YouTube, but after some time, it will pause and buffer for a few moments. It will eventually play again, but when it does, there is no sound anymore. I can't get the sound back in that tab. Refresh the tab, mute-unmute, volume down and up... nothing. At first, I would close and restart Firefox and the sound is back. Then I realized, just duplicating the tab will work. It plays sound again. I usually just drag the time bar to the point where it paused and keep watching from there. Until it does it again. And it always does it again if the video goes on long enough. Duplicate tab, drag to that last point and continue watching - wash, rinse and repeat until the video is done.
It pauses at random lengths of time - sometimes a half-minute in, sometimes 5 minutes in, but it always comes to a pause at some point in every video now. Before this past week, I had seen very few buffer pauses in YouTube, and when it did, I never lost the sound when it came back. Nothing on my PC has changed - other than the Windows Update to 21H1, but that was over a month ago.
Also, as a check, Edge browser does not exhibit this issue. I've played several 30 minute long YouTube videos just to check, and never once did I lose sound. I did get a brief buffering pause in one of them, but the sound came back when the video came back.