bedo2991: Without knowing how your problem manifests itself, it's difficult to say anything - but, I think I have that problem myself as well.
Sounds like it tries to play back the very first bytes it gets, and doesn't wait until it has a complete frame. So, 32-bit Flash solved it? I don't mean to be tart or anything when I say: if it works, stick with it.
jlsmith: Well, since a reinstall is effectively an all-encompassing rewrite of your configuration files (... I... can't even call that 'broadly speaking', can I?), so if it works for Ubuntu, I'm fairly sure it'll work for Mint. BUT: IF you/we/someone else/their relatives can figure out which file or setting causes this, it'll be even easier.
*Think think* Reinstalling Ubuntu would have wiped /etc - if your two /home are on separate partitions, no need to look there. Try ONLY ONE OF THESE AT A TIME - that is, preferably log out and back in in between attempts. You shouldn't have to reboot, but I'm not the expert here. Pulseaudio has worked for me from day one, see. The key thing here is that you mark the packages for REINSTALLATION, not removal and subsequently manually installing them again. (In fact, I think you'll have a heart failure when you see what packages would be removed along with some of these...) You don't have to try them in any particular order - I think #3 is the least disruptive, might as well start there.
FIRST OF ALL:
Run 'alsamixer' in a terminal, and make sure the volume levels are high enough, that nothing's muted, that there are no creepy messages, that kind of thing. If there's nothing out of the ordinary, proceed. If you make adjustments, double-check that you still have a problem before moving on.
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sudo rm /etc/sound/events/*.soundlist
- then open Synaptic, find libgnome2-common, right-click it and select Mark for reinstallation. NOTE: I've never done this myself - I'm banking on the files being regenerated when the package is reinstalled. I can't give an absolute guarantee that this is what will happen. Thought it'd be good manners to be up-front about that.
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sudo rm /etc/esound/esd.conf] - then open Synaptic, find esound-common, right-click it and select Mark for reinstallation.
[code]sudo rm /etc/default/alsa
(If you still have a pulseaudio-file in there, consider rm-ing that as well. If this is where the problem is, though, it should be enough to remove alsa, leaving pulseaudio alone if it's there)
- then open Synaptic, find alsa OR pulseaudio, right-click it/them and select Mark for reinstallation.