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Broken heaphone jack inside desktop

I accidentally stepped on my headphone cord and the jack snapped in half. The other half is inside my PC and now my sound won't play at all. Any tips on how to get it out? If not how can I get sound to play through my speakers again with the headphones still in?

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    Greg Wilkins May 11, 2010

    where is the headphone jack located in the back in the sound card?

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Contact manufacturer of computer. If you have a warranty they should be able to help you with the problem.

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yes, you could easily open the computer and physically remove the wires from the mother board for the front audio jack. These are pin headers. Most all the time they are labeled.

The rear audio should already be working from the green jack. If not, then perhaps you have the RealTek Audio chipset and software. The realtek audio software generally has a orange speaker icon in the system tray. You can double click to open it, go to the Audio I/O tab and then click the little wrench icon. It will open the connector setting. On the connector settings screen is a checkbox. Disable front panel jack detection. Uncheck that, also a check box for Mute rear panel output when fron headphone plugged in, UNCHECK this. That should do it.

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