Last Updated on: March 17th, 2017
THIS IS A ‘TRUE TALES TUESDAYS’ POST
This is a funny, cute video of my nephew Ali (Alistair). He’s Sammi’s only brother, and is three years older than she is. Although he has nothing to do with my story, I felt like including this YouTube video of us shopping because he liked the dancing Mickey Mouse.
Thanks to my recent discoveries, I can now hear Mickey Mouse talk.
For the last few hours, YouTube has been soundless for me. If finally figured out why I couldn’t get any of my YouTube videos to play, and why I thought I had no sound on my laptop.
MY TRUE TALE:
During the last couple of weeks, I have had a couple of experiences with hearing “no sound” on my laptop. The volume on my laptop was not muted. In fact, each time I turned it on, I could hear the shoooomp sound that Skype makes when it opens (I have my Skype open upon start-up). I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, and so I started doing Google searches to try to determine the problem.
I read advice forums, looking for answers. Since I am a non-techie, I naturally had difficulty with some of the advice I got.
Someone said to delete my cookies, clear the cache, and delete my browsing history, so I did. This did not solve my problem.
Someone else said to uninstall and re-installed my Chrome browser, so I did. Still, my problem persisted.
I was advised to remove the AdBlock Plus extension from Chrome. I did. Somehow, magically, I got sound.
But this is not what solved my problem. I thought it was, but I was wrong. 🙁
When I experienced soundless YouTube the second time, I repeated all of the above steps, removing almost all of my extensions this time. Nothing worked.
I checked my device manager. I looked at everything pertaining to the words “sound” and “audio”. Everything was fine.
I checked out my Flash Player. I don’t even know what this is. (Remember, I’m a non-techie!) Apparently, it was fine, and working, too.
So, I became friends with my search engine. I searched and searched and searched. Then I read and read and read.
I searched using different phrases. I looked at everything I could possibly think of. I began to have an intimate relationship with the Google search bar. It even stopped “guessing” what I was searching for, I searched so much!
Finally, when I entered the phrase “I can’t hear any sound on my windows 8 laptop in my chrome browser”, a new search result popped up. It said “No sound on videos – YouTube Help – Google Help”. I clicked on it, and the screen that opened offered four troubleshooting tips.
Here’s the second one: “Adjust the volume control located in the lower left-hand corner of the YouTube Video Player.
Huh? What? Where?
I opened up my YouTube page. I looked around. I didn’t see a volume control. I re-read the tip again. Oh, the player. Duh. That must mean the black box around the video.
Yup. It did.
Compare the two volume buttons in these pictures:
Can you see the difference?
If you can’t, look at this one:
I clicked on the volume. Previously, it had an “x” by it. Then…boom…it didn’t. Suddenly, I had sound!
Boy, did I feel stupid!
I keep saying that I’m not a technical person, and my recent experiences prove it.
I had hit the “mute” button instead of the “pause” button, without realizing it, on a video that was on one of my opens tabs in my browser. (Often I have several open tabs that remain open when I turn off my laptop. This allows me to pick up where I left off the next time I turn my computer on. Sometimes, though, I don’t like to be bombarded with noise right away, so I click over to the tab that has the video on it, and paused it. I guess, in my haste, I didn’t pay attention to what, exactly, I was doing. Sigh.)
Three hours later, I discovered that soundless YouTube videos don’t exist. Stupid people like me do, though.
Laugh if you like. I did. 🙂
Now I’m shaking my head in disbelief. I’m also hanging it in shame. 🙁
This just goes to show you that even smart people can be schooled.
See you in the comment section – only don’t make too much fun of me! Please. I’m embarrassed enough already.