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External speakers won't work when plugged in to computer

It's on a laptop: both small laptop speakers work, but when i plug in external speakers or headphones in the headphone jack then the sound only comes out of the Left one (or nothing at all). My dell guarantee has expired so they wouldn't help me out. What else can i do and at what cost? and whats the problem? sound card? it happened after i tried plugging an amplifier in that same audio jack. probably blew it up somehow. I hear it is hard to replace laptop sound cards though...
ps: i have already verified that the plug is fully inserted

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  • neo1977 Feb 02, 2009

    Hi, my problem look alike, but i suspect a physical one... because before when i put my external speaker in the jack input, the laptop speaker would shut off and i would hear from the external one ( same with hearphone ). But now any jack i try to plug on the laptop won't have any effect, the laptop speaker continue to go on. Physical uh ?? my warranty just expired...( an extended one of three years by the way). I got a toshiba satellite. If you have any idea that could help me with this or if you know something other then physical that could do that please tell me...btw the problem appeared after I formated my computer back to it's original state with the recovery startup disk furnished with the laptop ( catched i virus that was slowing down my whole computer ). THX a lot in advance just in case.

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    ive ogt the same problem but when my laptop speakers stopped working it was because i had to wipe my computer completely and now when i plug in computer speakers thy still wont work



    please help

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