I've been experiencing some frustrating issues lately with Twitch and ONLY Twitch streams ever since my main mechanical drive failed on me two weeks ago and I switched to an SSD for my main operating system hard drive. I won't bore you with non-important issues so I will get straight to the meat of the problem I've been experiencing.
Ever since going to the SSD, I have noticed I have been unable to watch any Twitch TV stream while it's broadcasting no matter if it's straight from the TTV site, embedded, Team Liquid, etc. This is what happens right now when I attempt to view any TTV stream:
- The stream loads ads with no issue
- The chat loads with no issue
- The LIVE watermark appears with no issue
- The video itself remains black for about a minute, then loads 1 or 2 seconds of video and audio (if i'm lucky) then freezes again
Before I continue:
YES: I have the latest video drivers (including the older version I was previously running on my mechanical HDD before it failed).
YES: I have disabled hardware acceleration in the Flash settings.
YES: I have the latest version of Flash *Not a beta version*, I am running the exact same version of Flash on my work laptop right next to me, on the same network, with the same Flash settings without issue.
NO: I do not have an infection on my computer 100% guaranteed. I've tried many different angles in an attempt to single out the one cause of this issue and EVERYTIME I've tried something new I have formatted and reinstalled Windows 7 on the SSD. Spyware / Viruses are a non-issue here.
NO: I am not running any A/V software whatsoever during these tests. I have even disabled Windows Defender.
YES: I have made sure the Control Panel Flash Settings have been set to "Allow sites to save info..."
YES: I am able to stream at 2000 bitrate with Xsplit without any stutter whatsoever, my Internet connection has not changed since the switch from the HDD to the SSD
YES: I have attempted every browser (IE, FF, GC) with zero add-ons / plug-ins added. No AdBlock, No FlashBlock, zero add-ons.
Now that I have established the facts I will also say that there is no difference in Operating System / Hardware / BIOS Firmware, etc. since losing my mechanical HDD. The desktop is 100% the same minus the fact that I am now running the OS on a solid state drive. Additionally, other streaming websites such as Own3d, Livestream, YouTube Livestream, etc. has zero issues with viewing streams, it is solely a Twitch TV issue for my computer.
I am willing to provide any and all additional technical information to whom it may concern if it means helping solve this problem. Again, I have formatted and re-installed Windows 7 four times now in hopes to narrow down the issue and it's been unsuccessful. I have tried to watch streams with the Standard VGA adapter with zero Windows Updates downloaded all the way to the latest beta drivers for the EVGA GTX 680 I use and everything in between.
I apologize for the length of the post, but I hope with being as descriptive as possible I will be able to get the attention from a TTV Tech or someone who has an answer to this issue.
Much appreciated. - Sin
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