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Volume problems on my Apple MacBook

Whenever I push the volume buttons, I get the little volume bars, with the volume symbol above, but there's no sound.  Below it is the no symbol.

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  • robert_rayfi Mar 01, 2009

    No there isn't.  However, when I put head phones in, the volume works, but it's obviously only heard through the headphones.

  • Carla Jones Apr 06, 2009

    I have same problem.  Sometimes there is even a red light glowing from the headphone jack.



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Is there anything plugged into the head phone socket this threw me out the other day


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