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Headphone jack on Inspiron 1300 intermittent- suspect software

This is weird.

Inspiron 1300 running XP

Internal speakers work all the time.

Plugging external speakers into headphone jack. 90% of the time no signal going to speakers. Occasionally it does work. If speakers are unplugged while working, then plug reinserted, no signal EVERY TIME.

There is no evidence of this being a hardware issue as I cannot make the sound become intermittent through moving the plug in the jack.

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  • diemidio Feb 07, 2009

    Having the same problem. Same computer. Does not make sense to me. Sometimes the headphone jack works fine other times it doesn't work at all. I do not believe it is a short, because when it is not working playing around with the wire does not get it to work, and when it is working playing around with the wire will not make it stop working.

  • biglefty1 Apr 16, 2009

    I had the headphone working but,when using Skype, I have to remove the headphone jack and listen via speakers. Is there a solution out there?

  • Lemmo May 25, 2009

    This is a regular annoyance for me. I can only surmise that the headphone jack
    itself isn't worth the 2 cents worth of metal they used to make it
    with. When a plug has been in the jack and I remove it, I have to wait
    at least a minute before inserting another plug, otherwise there is no
    connection. It always eventually works, but the time I have to wait
    varies. Sometimes it's seconds, sometimes minutes. I can only guess why
    this happens, but it does.


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Check mixer on pc to ensure all levels are maxxed. Suspect moreso that plug on side of pc is bad. If this is helpful, please post as such

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