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Laptop speakers stopped working

I have a Dell Inspiron 700m. My laptop speakers have always worked unit recently, when i used some headphones to view a training video for work. After removing the headphones, the laptop speakers did not work. I do get audio from the headphones when I plug them back in to the laptop. Thanks for any help. Mike

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  • sunny723 Nov 13, 2007

    I have the similar problem of speakers not working on the Dell Inspiron 6400. When I use my headphones, I do get sound on the headphones but when I take them out speakers don't work. I've updated drivers, reinstalled drivers, e.t.c. - pretty much everything on the Dell support site.

    It looks like it may be a case of what you;re describing. Unfortunately, my laptop is out of warranty. So, I will have to disassemble and see what else I can do. Please post the disassembly instructions and what else I can try to resolve this problem. Thank you so much!

  • 521mck Dec 27, 2007

    Speaker does not work when the laptop screen is open but when I close the screen it works.

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    I had the some problem with the speakers, i need the disassembly instructions photos

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    speaker is not working when i unplug the head phone

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    my speakers on the dell inspiron 700m also does not work but my earpones work fine when plugged in

  • Mark
    Mark Apr 11, 2009

    the wire for the speakers run through the screen hinge, what happens is the hinge slices through the wires. ive replaced the speakers 2wice so far on mine, have a thrid set brand new on standby, spliced the wires 3 times, and they still get cut. this model laptop was badly designed and im never buying a dell again, they just kinda ****.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    all of a sudden my line out for external speakers or headphones doesn't work.



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Hello fadesit, It sounds like the headphone socket is sticking/defective. When you insert the jack into the socket a contact is broken to disable the external speakers, when you remove the jack the connection is resumed. Due to the amount of work this will take and the possibility of causing other problems in the process I would check to see if the warranty is still in effect first. If not then the next thing to ask is do you have the tools, mechanical aptitude, patience and ability to risk damaging your laptop to do this yourself? If you want to go the do it yourself route let me know and I?ll post some disassembly instructions later tonight otherwise please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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After reading the problems you posted, as I had had the same one, I took my fist and hit around the headphone jack, and guest what, it worked.

It may not work in all cases but worth a try. I'm sure it might come loose again, but the problem in my case was definitely the headphone jack issue and my hitting lightly around that area it seemed to have restored things for now.

Thanks for the help.

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Hi I had the same problem what is happening is the speaker wire funs up through the hinge and what happens from open and shutting it so many times is it disconnects you have to take apart the laptop to repair it. would suggest finding a breakdown of it. if you cant find a site the little round pads on the monitor come off and you have to unscrew those and one hidden screw left of the wifi light you have to peel the sticker back. good luck

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