Just recently, when I want to listen to a web broadcast, or watch YouTube, I get sound for the first two or three seconds, then it fades out to an unintelligible rumble. I can play my own music files OK through RealPlayer, Windows Media Player etc., but my down-loaded video files are very distorted (picture and sound). I have Sound Blaster X-FiXtreme Audio, Creative 5/1 sound system and I'm on XP Home SP3. My system is just over a year old. The speakers give no sound at all, and what I do hear comes only via my headphones. I would appreciate any help/ advice. Thanks.
VoG - I tried System Restore - but it would not restore - except in Safe Mode. That has made a big difference! The sound and videos from YouTube etc, are now OK - but only through my headphones. The Speaker system is not responding at all - no signs of life!
Mat Alan: I've done the unplug/plug bit with no effect. And no, it hasn't always been like this! The sound was superb until recently. You mention loading the latest drivers. How would I go about this please?
lotvic: "something to do with codecs" - Maybe, but I'm lost in this area too! What would you advise please?