Audio test works, but then audio stops working when the browser tries to use it

I’m not sure what happened but sometime before a recentish gnome upgrade came in. I updated and my sound stopped work. After doing a little playing around, it only stops working after I try to use it in a browser. There may be other ways but if I use gnome’s audio test before visiting youtube, for example, the sound test buttons work fine. If I do it after those have stopped working. This makes no sense to me.

             description: Audio device
             product: Comet Lake PCH-LP cAVS
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 00
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=sof-audio-pci-intel-cnl latency=64
             resources: irq:169 memory:ea23c000-ea23ffff memory:ea000000-ea0fffff

logging out and back in seems to reset the session to defaults, which fixes it, although why defaults? it’s no longer what’s configured (like audio volume).

At l after I do a systemctl --user restart pipewire, things are working as normal… for now. Certainly something I don’t want to always have to do though. Has to be done periodically.

any ideas?

If audio is not working as expected with the updated kernel, try installing kernel v6.0

sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux60
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