Headphone jack must be moved around to get right speaker working
My headphone pin from the remote control fits nicely into my macbook. Over time I would have to adjust it to get both speakers to play. Now, only the left speaker plays all the time. I have to play with the way i bend the wire of the headphone pin so it slides under my macbook so that the right speaker will produce sound.
aNyone know what i can do to get my right speaker always playing again?
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You will find that sound comes from the right side speaker only when it is bent at a certain point. By trial and error you can roughly locate the point. Then you can cut the wire at that point, cut 1 inch each from both ends, strip the cables, and connect the conductors. What has happened is, due to unusual bending, the conductors to the right-side speaker has damaged (broken). After roughly locating the place and removing 1 additional inch each, you will remove the wire section with the broken terminal. Now you can strip the wires and make the connections again. If you are not good at stripping and soldering wires, better to to take it to an electrician. (You need to take only the headphone pin and parts attached to it). This repair won't cost much.
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This is a known problem with the combo Analog + Digital (optical) audio jack on all modern macbooks. There is a microswitch inside the jack that detected the presence of a optical toslink connector and will disable the analog audio hardware if the switch is toggled. Due to a design flaw in the jack, sometimes simply plugging in regular headphones can cause this microswitch to toggle. While this is annoying, you can work around it if your mac is no longer under warranty.
There have been many internet group discussions about this issue and many have recommended inserting all sorts of small, thin devices in the jack to poke around and un-toggle that little switch. I personally find that too unsettling and will likely cause more damage than good. I have found that simply inserting and removing regular headphone jacks several times in quick succession will clear the fault. You can also try inserting the headphone jack and trying to wiggle it a little while in the jack. Be careful, the audio jack is surface-mount soldered to the motherboard. If you pull too hard, you can dislodge it from the logicboard and you WILL be making a trip to the apple store.
Next time you encounter this problem, turn your macbook such that you can look directly into the headphone port and look for a red glowing light. If you see that light, the port is in optical mode and that is why your speakers don't work.
With regard to the sound controller working... I disagree with the previous poster. These days the sound controller is integrated directly into the motherboard chipset and it is unlikely for that part to fail and not affect other capabilities. In the older days of Old World PowerPC macs, the audio engine was a separate set of chips, and controller failure was possible. Not so much these days.
Pls go to control panel \ sounds & audio devices \ check & configure from audio tab. Also see if there is any switch on the headphones volume line control etc If this don't work then ur headphone is faulty. Well Hphones are quite cheap!
I took a safety pin and put it in the notch inside the headphone jack input. notch is located at 12 o'clock about 1/8th inch in, (this is an important step, other steps are no good until red light is off) the red light went off (Be patient this step may take time) still no sound, I then went to Audio MIDI setup (Should be located in Applications/Utilities), go to Audio in menu bar (at very top of computer screen) and selected 'open Aggregate Device Editor,' clicked on the + to add a device I then had a few options show up in the lower [Structure] portion I clicked on all the 'Use' boxes and the built-in output bubble selected done. I then Selected Configure Speakers in Audio MIDI setup and I can test my left and right speakers individually, they put out a fuzzy test sound, pressed done when finished. They still didn't work so I set Default out put to the Aggregate Device I created, then turned on Itunes and it was working fine I just could not control the volume from the F3, F4, & F5 buttons so I went to sound in system preferences and made sure the built-in Output option was selected. I was then able to control the volume. The red light in headphone jack input may come back on if anything is inserted inside, just mess around with the notches inside till it goes off. Hope it works as well as it did for me. Good luck and please feel free to quote me and share this solution with others.
I agree with Solution 5. The copper pins in the jack that make the connection to your headphone plug are bent in such a way that they are springy and will make a good tight connection to the plug. When those copper connections get worn, they are not so springy and they bend inward causing you to lose audio on one side of your headphones unless you wiggle the plug and find that sweet spot that makes a connection. Then you have to hold the wire to keep pressure on it... it gets annoying.
You can open the case and there are slots in the headphone jack that you can get a hook scribe (like the dentists use) or safety pin to bent those copper connections back out. Don't bend them too far or they will break. You can also pick get a new part for $25 or a used part much cheaper. Once you iPod is open, it's a matter of a couple screws and a ribbon cable to replace the jack. Problem solved!
Depending on the conector size and for the computer, I suggest go to Radio Shack and buy a extention jack to the headphone for your particular sound card, and headphone. this should work. sometimes the new conectors don't fit well on the sound cards. so change for an extention I send you a link of example http://www.become.com/headphone-extension-cables