I have a Toshiba Equium laptop running Vista Home Premium. When I plug in headphones the speakers should go off and sound come out the phones, but this is not happening -- speakers stay on and no sound on phones. I'm pretty sure this use to work OK once upon a time.
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This is the normal way for this laptop ..leave it always with the headphones on selected in that list ..cause if the main speakers don't work well there is no point in using them ..This way you will run whatever yo will plug in ..speakers or headphones..The only setting difference in headphones and stereo out ..is that for headphones will but the speakers of the laptop when plugged in ..This way it will even help you if the speakers are making weird noises cause they are damaged ..
first, make sure the speakers actually work before you mess with your laptop. plug into tv, transister radio or iPod or whatever. Once you have verified, make sure it is plugged into the right port. Usually the headphones port is the one you want. To verify port, use headphones. If still not working, click on the speaker icon in the windows tray on the status line, click mixer, verify speakers is not muted or turned down.
Two possible causes one is the headphone jack and the other a driver issue.
The headphone jack has a metal leg that is pushed out of the way when you insert the plug. It then switches from speakers to the jack. That's how it is supposed to work. The third leg can get dirty or bent or loose and not switch correctly. If it is dirty you can sometimes clean it just by inserting it and pulling it out a "few" times. If it is mechanical ie loose then it needs to be replaced which means replacing the main motherboard. You can check for warranty but from experience it might just be one of those things to get used to instead of trying to get them to replace a main board.
If it is a driver all you can do is hope they update the drivers. You can check the drivers versions and release dates on the Toshiba website. Just go to www.toshiba.com then support then laptop and then find your model. Drivers and sort by your operating system. Unfortunately Toshiba seems to have a history of unresolved sound card driver issues.
if using XP, go to start control panel , sound and audio devices.Under the audio tab make sure the C Media CM106 sound device is selected under sound playback. Then under the volume tab set the volume somewhere in the middle or at the top if you don;t have active speakers . Then Under Speaker settings advanced, make sure the speaker setup is set to Laptop Stereo speakers. Also make sure the speaker volumes are up on the speaker volume button. click ok. If no result check that the cm106 sound decvice was cemented in as I saw it dissaper when I thought i had slected it. I think the key thing here is the device and the laptop speakers setting.
Right click on the white speaker icon,by the clock ,Select Playback devices,when the sound box opens,select the play back tab,double click on speakers,click the enhancements tab,select disable all sound effects,click on the advance tab,select 24 bit 48000 Hz (studio quality) click test,if you hear sound,click apply and close the open boxes.Now double click on the red speaker by the clock,plug in the headphones,check the box at the bottom that says headphone virtualization,click ok.that should do it.
Is there a switch to turn on the headphone port? Is there a control on the headphones to adjust the volume (on a volume level on the side of the laptop)? Also, when the headphones are plugged into the laptop, go into your sound settings and turn up the master volume (and wave volume if it is low.. If that works, make sure to turn it back down when disconnecting the headphones).
Also, do the headphones work in another device (stereo, etc..)?
Before going to any shops, here is a suggestion that can't hurt anything.
Go to the Control Panel and click on Sounds and Audio Devices. On the Volume tab at the bottom, you will see "Speaker Settings". Click on the Advanced button. Change that setting to "Stereo headphones". You should hear the sound only through the headphones then.
I think you may have deleted your audio file driver on your laptop the only way to get your sound back is to re-install your audio driver for your laptop as the sound card on your laptop is ok you can find sound card drivers on the internet if you don`t have the drivers for your sound card