Thanx for your prompt response about the problem of the sound coming and going through the headphones. As a matter of fact, I use skype and InterVoip, so, what are your suggestions about the settings of these softwares?
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First, make sure it happens with those headphones no matter what you plug them into. If you're using them on your computer, try plugging them into your phone or someone else's computer. If you're using the quarter-inch adapter, try plugging into something that will take the eight-inch plug (the picture I'm seeing of your headphones shows an eighth-inch plug with a quarter-inch adapter). If the problems goes away, then it's either the adapter or the audio jack on the original device. But a new quarter-inch adapter online or at your local Radio Shack. If that doesn't fix it, then the jack on your device is shot, and your best bet is probably to get a new device. (Before I spent the money on a new device, I'd borrow another set of headphones, just to be sure that the problem persists no matter what headphones you use.) If the device is a computer, then you can buy a USB sound card (which plugs into a USB port and has mike and headphone jacks on the other end) instead of replacing the whole computer.
But it's more likely that the problem will persist no matter what you plug into, and it's your headphones. It's probably a broken wire; sometimes if you jiggle the wires going into the dead earpiece, you'll get crackling to confirm this diagnosis. But it doesn't really matter why the headphones don't work; no matter what's broken, the repair is more expensive than replacement. Time for new headphones.
The above answer assumes that you are listening to a stereo sound source. In addition to trying your headphones on another device, you should make sure you're listening to a stereo sound.
1. Open Volume Control on your computer - if you don't know any easier way, you'll get it from Start_All Programs_Accessories_Entertainment (in XP, at least). Once that's open, check that all the Balance sliders are in the middle of their travel.
2. See if matters improve if you fiddle with the plug - pulling it out a millimetre or two sometimes makes a difference, as can wiggling it from side to side.
3. Try other headphones on the computer - it may be that the sound card is faulty.
Go into systems and see if there is a yellow exclamation point on the soundcard if so just update the drivers.
Also go into the control panel and check to see what the output hardware is.
Usually it's a setting if both the headphones and the speakers dont' work then it's just a matter of somthing to do with the software.
I've never heard anyone blowing their computer speakers plus if the headphones don't work then it's definatly a setting that got changed.
I have a feeling it's in the properties of sound and the output is not correct or it is empty.
If the sound comes and goes like that and you aren't using any strange software that changes these settings (like Skype), then your soundcard is most likely dying on you. I've seen this happen on several Acer-laptops.
As soon as you connect your headphones to your laptop,some options wil come regarding the mike system,in that you choose the headphone option to get sound only in headphones OR By clicking on the speaker icon and selecting the Mixer button, you should be able to turn off the other outputs.
The jack in the e250s is not made of adamantium, so it can actually go bad; however, if you try different headphones and thus determine that either: - All the headphones simultaneously went bad in one side - Your left ear has issues - The Sansa is only cranking out one channel; and -the jack feels a little off, or -perfectly good mp3s are being played off-balance; AND the balance has not been misconfigured in Settings.
...well then, the plot's moving forward and you can get your ear fixed, or stop the cat from killing your headphones, or re-load Sansa or Rockbox.org firmware, or fix the Settings, or see to the appropriate repair to the jack (depending on your warrantee status and skill with soldering irons and ordering off Jameco.com etc.)