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MacBook Sound Driver Issues

I've owned my MacBook for about 3 months now, and about a month ago, my internal speakers stopped working. I know there is sound, due to the 'ta-da' noise sounded upon turning the laptop on. When checking my 'sound' output option, it tells me it is set to 'Digital Out' with the 'Built-in Output' port. There are no other options to click on. I have been told this is the problem. When I use headphones or external speakers, sound works fine. Interesting point....about 2 weeks back, my friend was able to make it play via internal speakers by tilting the computer side to side, but it cut in and out. Is there a driver I can install to re-set my speakers to what they need to be? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

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  • downingbrad Jan 27, 2008

    I have had my macbook just over a year. During a recent update I left external speakers hooked up via the headphone output. After the update was installed my internal speakers no longer work. A red light shows through the output when a program is running sound. I have gone to system preferences, sound and it lists
    "Digital Out----Built in output. The selected device has no output controls. "

    Any suggestions?

  • trickinks8er Feb 14, 2008

    I have the same problem with the sound cutting in and out. I dont know if its due to an update I just downloaded and installed but right after I restarted my computer the sound has been getting messed up. I have the sound preference panel up and right now as we speak the output panel changes from internal speakers to no speakers at all. It keeps changing back and forth for no apparent reason. Does anyone have a solution for this? Please HELP!

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    Same problem!  My Digital Out doesn't work.  Says "The selected device has no output controls.  And a red light is glowing in the headphone input.

  • rasler Mar 03, 2008

    Having exactly same problem on a brand new MacBook 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. .........!
    To me it seems that it´s the -on paper- clever solution that couples the digital output and analog output in one plug that is the problem; Apparently it stalls on digital out, when one goes from the analog out channels for headphones or external speakers plugged in to (apparently) switching on digital out and then not switching back on the analog out channels connecting to the speakers -Or it might simply be a mute function in the plug not switching back on.


    -But how is this problem solved?


    Rasmus

  • locksg Mar 11, 2008

    exact same problem. What to do?



  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    same problem and weird red light glowing in head-phone jack.  Headphones and external speakers work fine, built-ins no. 

  • neo9 Jun 02, 2008

    same prob, no internal speaker recognition, worked today intermittently after seven months of not working, now back to red light and no internal speakers, nothing seems to work argh! have tried posted solutions.... thanks for trying.

  • Anonymous Jun 13, 2008

    i have installed windows XP in my macbook laptop but i cant find sound drivers hence help me

  • sarmient Jun 13, 2008

    Heeeelp toothpick won't work, neither match

  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    help meeeeeee2

  • litmaj Sep 06, 2008

    yesterday I put some speakers on my mac book and today when I took them out and tried my mac there is no sound. There is sound from the headphones but no sound without.


  • Anonymous Nov 03, 2008

    I install vista on my macbook and the sound not working .. that 's my probleme someone can give me a link to download the driver ?..Thanks

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I had the same problem too! I tried: toothpick, bobby pin (hair pin), q-tip with cotton cut off, and matchstick. The match stick works!!!!!

  • twack Feb 22, 2009

    Sound preferences have no input or output devices found, and MUTE is clicked off, but dead... HELP

  • cmagz Mar 04, 2009

    Same deal-
    Red glowing light coming from headphone jack... no output control etc.
    HELP

  • electricrain Mar 25, 2009

    Okay.. the matchstick isn't working for me... I tried a q-tip too..  I twirl it around in the hole with the red light right? Am I missing something?  Did anyone who didn't get this to work.. find out something else.. that is quick and easy?

  • kolampd Apr 03, 2009

    no audio on internal speaker. but head phone works fine

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    WWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW IT WORKED FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • joya123 May 04, 2009

    i have the same problem.

  • themxxlife May 13, 2009

    i have a white macbook, and my headphone jack doesnt work when i try to put headphones in. i opened the properties and nothing is muted. i cleaned the system of onyx but nothing. There is no read light in the jack either/???? anyone help me?

  • Anonymous Sep 23, 2009

    GUYS I CANT GET MY SPEAKERS 2 WORK!!!!!!!!!!!! I DID THE TOOTHPICK THIING WIH A TOOTHPICK, MATCH, AND Q-TIP AND IT DIDNT WORK!!!!!!!!!! CAN SOMEBOBY HELP ME????????????

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Omigod, that worked!!!!

Posted on Mar 22, 2008

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I was laughing at the idea of the match when i first read it. I have the same problem even with my Mac Pro. But to my suprise, the toothpick thing worked!I was flabbergasted!!!..So this means, a lot of Macbook owners experience the same problem?Is this some kind of a bug?

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    I was laughing at the idea of the match when I first read it. I thought the one who bought it up and the others who buy it are conspirators. But to my surprise, it worked for me!!!So, is this digital-out some sort of a Mac Book bug?Because the same thing also happens to my Mac Pro.

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My macbook- doesn't give out sound thru external speakers and no sound in headphones . I bearly hear the internal speakers either so I took it to Apple Genius (with appointment) and they tested my macbook with their software fr.Macbook Pro using ethernet cord and start playing music and my macbook speakers- internal and external are loud again. WOW! So it's the infested 3rd party software such as Limewire and all others that we love to downloaded (but there are too many to figure it out which one is bad)...SO I backed up my stuffs and reinstalled macos X tiger and all is new again....WORKING PERFECT NOW!!! RE-INSTALL!!!! Thanks Apple Store!!!!!!

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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Theres a easy solution, but its wierd.....TRUST ME......put a non metalic item into the audio out jack (tooth pick, match whatever) and gently press down (i just put a match in and turned it around while the sound properties was open) this will switch it between the digital and analog output......IT WORKS just make sure u have the sound properties up so u can see the output update

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  • tjjazz Oct 25, 2010

    WOW! I think I love you Guest!!
    I'm in spain - have had my mac for just over year - and constant problems - and when the sound just dissapeared - only digigal available - I took it to the store and they knew nothing -even though its stil in gurantee - they could have figured something for 79 euros (a lot more in dollars ) - OR the option was - they told me to re-install the disks that came with the mac to avoid having to send it away 3 weeks again - nightmare. I work with sound -so it's kind of important to be able to have it on my mac anywhere I go. So I tried re-installing everything - This only got all of my information erased and having to re-install programs, etc. - again - nightmare!
    Not ready to be out with my mac for three weeks AGAIN - I came over here to this page - skeptical about sticking anything in any hole in my mac - but - thought "this thing is already f-d up ¿what have I to loose? If I've gotta send it away anyway?¿? - so here in the cafe - 5 minutes ago - I stuck my bic pen cap in - and VOILA!!! - Who'da thunk it!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  • dani625 Feb 02, 2011

    Had macs like, FOREVER, since before we called them 'macs', and this had *never* happened before. WEIRD. But the matchstick thing worked. Just push it in and reset the headphones jack. You can tell that's what it is, because the jack is lit up inside. Just gently push straight in until it resets, and voilá! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • panteleakis Apr 14, 2011

    A GREAT MANY THAAAAAAAAANKS ........BLESSSSS YOU IT WORKS!!!!!!!1

  • hussein ewida Jul 02, 2011

    wow its work good choice dont lose it vvvvvvvvvvvvv goooooooooood

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Hi there!

This sounds like quite an odd issue, and based on the fact that you got the speakers to work by tilting the machine back and forth (with cutting in & out), this sounds like something might be a bit loose inside the computer, and will probably require a hardware fix.

You are still well within your 1 year warranty, even if you did not purchase AppleCare, so I would take the laptop to your local Apple store (www.apple.com/retail) Genius Bar.  Make a reservation on-line before you go to avoid having to wait around.

I would highly recommend backing up all of your data before taking it in, just in case they need to ship it off for a repair.

Good luck!

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There is no sound device no audio

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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My problem is solved .. i had download Bootcamp and install it ... everything is run normal .

you can get bootcamp on torrentz site for vista 32 .


Thanks anywhere !!

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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I just spent 30 min. poking the f-ing hole with a toothpick and it;s still not working and theres still that annoying red light
urgghhhh
how come its not working?

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Same here. instead keep something (like a toothpick) in there and then when u take it out, it should work again.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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I have a white apple macbook, i have downloaded vista on it, but the sound does not come out. please help me with this problem.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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I pulled the cotton off a q-tip and it worked perfect, nice fix!

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WOW this works the thing with a tooth pick i almost lost it this laptop was driving me insane now its working

Posted on Jun 04, 2010

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I used my headphones to do the job.... NOTHING! bleg, saw myself going to applestore and leave it there for a week or so.... BUT restarted and then it all worked again. So: headphones AND restart

Posted on Apr 10, 2010

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Sound flickers from audio output to digital out

Posted on Feb 14, 2010

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OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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I tried several times no work then I got a Q~tip cut OFF the end put it in and left it for several minutes.  Do not know why it worked but it did  Thanks who ever discovered this.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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So I have the same problem only I have a black Macbook and I def. CANNOT find this black gadget you guys speak of..where is it? I have been trying to figure this out for the past month or so.. I know that supposedly it's supposed to be on the right side of the port, but I DO NOT see it anywhere.. && I have used a hairpin, a q-tip, and anything else small I can think of. The only thing I haven't tried is a toothpick because I don't have any..
HELP!!

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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That toothpick idea is brilliant!! how did anyone come up with that idea

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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It worked for me!!!!!! Like the post above, you have to turn it around the edges like a screwdriver. Thank you so much!

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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Worked for me. that's funny. sooo lo fi

Posted on May 18, 2008

  • kashifm Jan 31, 2011

    did nt worked for me :(((( please help me to resolve this issue, listen guys, it says tht no input device found.
    how do i get it worked n pls help me to get drivers or wat.
    regards

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Thanks man! It really works with the match! Turn the match like a screwdriver - don't press down - and it will work! Cheers!

Posted on May 08, 2008

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I also had the same problem, did it with the match, it worked in 10 seconds!!!!!! thx

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

  • pitakpetelo Dec 30, 2010

    I too used the end of a q tip, pressing DOWN is the key! thanks!!!

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Same update, same problem, same red light. F!

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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To those who are still having the erroneous red light... the problem could be (if you are Boot Camp users) that a bug in the Boot Camp 3.0 drivers left the audio output LED on when it wasn't being used. Updating to 3.1 should fix the problem.
To update to Boot Camp 3.1:
1. Boot to your Windows OS
2. Download the Boot Camp 3.1 update:
- 32-Bit Here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL996
- 64-Bit Here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL979
3. Insert your (Mac) OS disc and launch the update exe file

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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Sounds like the cutout switch in the output jack is stuck open, it is a techy fix sorry (at least it is not a board failure)

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