Embedded sound won't play in any browser.

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December 30, 2009 at 10:12:36
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.002 GHz / 2047 MB
Suddenly, none of my browsers (Firefox, Opera, IE, Safari, Chrome, Netscape, none of them) will render sound embedded in my webpages anymore. This problem occured without warning about a week ago. I can't think of anything I could have done to cause it and I am at my wits end in trying to solve it. Other machines can play the sounds fine.
If I go to YouTube I can hear the sound accompanying the videos just fine and I can play the stand-alone sound files just fine on my machine. It's just that when the webpage containing the embedded sound loads in my browser, the page renders just fine exept for the embedded sound which does not play.
Any ideas would be appreciated.

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December 30, 2009 at 14:03:51
By "my webpages" do you mean pages that you designed and are hosting? Or do you just mean in general?

Do you receive any errors? Have you tried reinstalling Shockwave or Flash?


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December 30, 2009 at 14:40:09
Thanks for your response.
By "my pages" I mean pages on a website that I designed and maintain as a hobby for a hiking group that I belong to. These pages have been on the server for years and have always worked fine, rendering the embedded sound file flawlessly whenever the page is accessed by any browser, until recently, that is.
I can access the pages with my wife's machine and they work just fine so I am sure that the code is not corrupt. I receive no error messages and, no, I have not tried reinstalling Shockwave or Flash.
Again, thanks.

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December 31, 2009 at 12:41:07
Problem fixed!
My browsers now render sound files embedded in my web pages once again. I have no idea what caused the failure.
To fix it, I first tried to repair my system by using the repair facility of the Windows XP installation disk setup process. The result was a totally corrupted system which would not even boot up. Fortunately, I had made a backup image 10 days ago using PowerQuest's Drive Image program. I restored my system with Drive Image and now the browsers all play the sounds in my web pages.
Another good reason for doing regular backups.

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