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SCMaverick
Sep 25, 2006, 10:07 PM
Just this past weekend after watching a DVD (used the headphone jack to listen) I am no longer able to hear anything out of the speakers. I also now have a red LED light shining through the headphone jack. Under the 'Sound' option in System Preferences, it says "Digital Out" instead of "Internal Speakers".
I've called Tech Support and they haven't been able to help me. My next option is sending my laptop back in to them for service. I'd like to see if there if there is somebody out there that has had this same issue before I lose the laptop for atleast a week.
Any thoughts??



andrewfee
Sep 25, 2006, 10:29 PM
Try plugging some headphones in (or your Toslink lead, if that's what you used) and slightly wiggling the lead as you pull it out. (be gentle though)

I found that sometimes (pretty rarely) my Powerbook would get stuck on the headphone setting after listening to headphones on it, and this sorted things out. Only seemed to do it when it was new, it's fine now though.

SCMaverick
Sep 26, 2006, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, however that didn't seem to help. I tried that about 5 times to no avail.
Any other thoughts or suggestions??

brady.ca
Nov 3, 2006, 04:36 PM
I'm having the same bad day. I've got no sound from my speakers and a little red light shining out my jack (sounds serious huh?).

In the sounds menu, I don't have the option to switch to my internal speaks. Only digital output is present. Now I can't hear anything. All because I just used some headphones in the jack. Nice.

On top of that, my DVD player isn't reading DVDs. Totally unrelated. But still. I need to take this piece a' dirt back but I'm in Germany for the next month and I'm stuck with it. Who needs DVDs or sound in a computer these days anyway. I wish Apple could help, but I couldn't find anything on the Apple site. Does anybody have a solution for either of these problems?

Cheers.

brady.ca
Nov 3, 2006, 05:07 PM
:rolleyes:
I found a fix for the red light problem. I'm not sure if I like it, but it works. After reading forum thread after forum thread of users that had this problem, I found a dude who fixed his jack with a rubber ended bobby pin. It seems a sensor gets bent (?) and the system thinks your digital external line is still plugged in. I took the butt end of a matchstick and tickled inside the jack. My red light went out. My internal speakers work again. Whatever.

CBennett
Oct 2, 2007, 02:10 PM
I tried the headphone jiggle to no avail, but the matchstick method worked perfectly. Thanks.

madsstenhoj
Oct 10, 2007, 03:02 AM
It worked for me too. Not with a matchstick, but with a little bronze stick. I found that it was in the top of the headphone jack input the switch was placed, and it needed only a gentle push to be helped back to ordinary analog status...

monlam
Oct 25, 2007, 09:44 AM
I got the same problem today.
I tried to reset PRAM and NVRAM, and it changed nothing.

Finally, I took in and out the headset jack 4/5 times and the red light switched off.
And the internal speakers began working again.

Bye and thanks!

Pants Dragon
Oct 25, 2007, 10:12 AM
That happened on my MBP. I fixed it with a paper clip. A metal one. Probably not the best idea. :p

cardiac dave
Oct 25, 2007, 01:28 PM
Just this past weekend after watching a DVD (used the headphone jack to listen) I am no longer able to hear anything out of the speakers. I also now have a red LED light shining through the headphone jack. Under the 'Sound' option in System Preferences, it says "Digital Out" instead of "Internal Speakers".


Just to clarify... that 'red LED' IS the digital (Optical) interface - confirmed by the note under preferences that the 'Digital Out' is enabled.

Jiggling the headphone plug, or using the match/pin trick should release the microswitch that turns the Digital Output on.

I'm surprised that Tech Support wouldn't come to this conclusion right away - the symptoms you described were pretty specific. Was it AppleCare you contacted?

bluzharp
Nov 29, 2007, 03:40 AM
Me too folks! Happened just now. Matchstick trick worked, but what the hell???!!! I paid $1300 for my 13 in. MacBook in June. This is an unacceptible way to "fix" the problem. I'm gonna milk my warrenty for all its worth.

Kamera RAWr
Nov 29, 2007, 03:51 AM
****** happens. Your computer isn't broken.

I had this same thing happen to me. Plugged headphones back in, pulled it out... problem solved. :)

mburgur
Dec 17, 2007, 01:16 PM
Had this problem. with my Macbook pro.....simply plug and unplug phone jack in rapidly several times until the red light close....after go to pref. ....sound...select internal speakers and it works for me!

Gleidus
Jun 22, 2008, 11:25 AM
same thing happened to me

the only thing I had was the inside of a pen

I tried being gentle at first but it wouldn't do anything so after jamming it it finally worked. Tested with head phones once again :cool:

thank god for these forums or i'd be driving to the apple store right now
Stupid piece of junk!

maryse
Aug 18, 2008, 01:42 AM
I can hardly believe that this"low-tech" fix actually worked. Thankfully, I can cancel my trip to the "genius bar"...freaking idiots there. Thanks everyone...really appreciate the information. Audio works! ;)

kwahamot
Aug 21, 2008, 09:45 AM
Same problem. I found a thread on Apple.com that recommends using a toothpick to clean the headphone/speaker jack. Worked for me! Apparently there is a microswitch inside the jack that gets clogged with dust and then you get stuck in "Digital Out" mode. For $4000.00 you'd think it would come with its own toothpick!

cledezma
Aug 25, 2008, 02:09 PM
Same problem here. Solved it using a paper clip.

kwahamot
Aug 25, 2008, 11:22 PM
Objects with metallic properties, not recommended. ;)

prm
Aug 30, 2008, 02:40 AM
I found that the best non-metallic item is a cotton bud. I removed the cotton part and inserted in the headphone jack, and instantly the internal speaker came to life. :)

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bukilong
Sep 4, 2008, 01:58 PM
I also had the same issue. I cut a q-tip in half. Using the smooth, non-cotton end, I was able to deactivate the digital output and restore the internal speakers within the sound preferences! Thanks for the help you guys! :)

msinkula
Sep 7, 2008, 12:39 AM
Too damn funny... the matchstick trick worked. I should have googled this problem months ago. Thanks everyone.

MowingDevil
Sep 7, 2008, 03:22 AM
Hilarious that stuffing Q-tips & matchsticks into a headphone jack is solving this problem. We should write a 'Household remedy a day to keep the Genius away' book.

Tardigrada03
Sep 10, 2008, 02:21 AM
After the use of a cotton bud or matchstick, or jiggling a headphone jack, the red light dissapears briefly, or starts flashing, only to turn on again after a moment.

Any ideas? Is it possible that the microswitch needs to be "pushed harder" to stay in it's off position?

Looking forward to hearing back from you,
and Thanks

kwahamot
Sep 10, 2008, 11:15 PM
Push it, push it real good...

diegogo
Oct 2, 2008, 01:08 AM
qtip worked as a charm.
had to wait a moment though, so if you're trying for the first time, do the matchstick-qtip-paperclip thing then wait a moment (like a sec) and try your volume keys again.

Oh what a laugh.

Expensive technology fixed by little pokey things...

tbarclay
Nov 25, 2008, 11:11 AM
I have the same problem, tried the match stick method but I'm having no luck. Can anybody recommend what I should try next?

The annoying thing to add to this problem is that i don't have the option of taking it back to a store because it was second hand from one of my teachers at college, I'm sure I could ask him to sort it out. How long does the warranty last for one macbooks? It was bought about 9 months ago

kwahamot
Nov 26, 2008, 05:46 PM
It might take a couple of tries with the q-tip or matchstick end to clean or reset the sensor/switch. Also check your audio preferences and make sure it is set to built-in speakers, if available. The red light should go out though, just gently insert it and wiggle it around several times and don't be afraid to go in a little deeper if it doesn't respond the first time. Just be gentle with it.

diegogo
Nov 29, 2008, 05:42 PM
hey guys
well, after about 2 months os wiggling with a q-tip, two keys from the keyboard stop working.
You may think this two problems are not related to each other, but after some research, I found that your logic board might be damaged in wich case these two problems are related. In my case this was due to liquid (deep sigh).
If you think you might have damaged in some way the logic board I suggest you take your macbook in right away. The problem might be getting bigger.
This is what I did and the diagnostic told me what I´m telling you.

If you´re sure that its just the audio jack, then keep trying. Also use a light and some twizzlers to actually see what youre doing (Already did this and worked temporarily).

Good luck.

kwahamot
Nov 30, 2008, 02:30 AM
Cool! I hope that's not my problem. I rarely have the red light anymore and when it does come on the q-tip or toothpick always works, but my trackpad button stopped working recently...turned out it was just dusty inside so I blew it out and it was fine. I leave the lid open and the system running 24/7...

tongatonga
Dec 3, 2008, 06:24 PM
After an initial panic and consulting this forum - thanks everybody for all the good tips with Q-tips - I fixed the "stuck microswitch issue" on my Macbook with the inside plastic tube of a ball point pen. Not conductive, rigid and the ideal diameter. Push gently but firm. Strange problem nevertheless. I though by 2008 this should not happen. But life is strange...every day a new surprise.

mokhles
Dec 4, 2008, 04:56 AM
I plugged the headphone jacket in and out several times and it didnt work. Went to the kitchen to pick up a toothpick to try it. when i came back, the red light had already gone!
It must hate toothpicks!

kwahamot
Dec 4, 2008, 11:21 PM
Hey, I just experienced a weird thing. I hope my logic board isn't damaged, but it seems fine now. I came to work on the laptop and the keyboard was totally unresponsive, just giving a "beep" when I tried to type anything. I couldn't click anything with the trackpad either. I could select objects on the desktop but couldn't do anything with them. I also heard a repetitive clicking sound inside the machine. I ended up power-cycling it and everything was fine after that. I then realized that I had my external speakers plugged into the wrong port (the one next to it). Could that have caused this problem? I'm very careful that I touch something else before touching the laptop for the first time when I walk up to it, to discharge any static electricity, so I don't think that was the issue.

hey guys
well, after about 2 months os wiggling with a q-tip, two keys from the keyboard stop working.
You may think this two problems are not related to each other, but after some research, I found that your logic board might be damaged in wich case these two problems are related. In my case this was due to liquid (deep sigh).
If you think you might have damaged in some way the logic board I suggest you take your macbook in right away. The problem might be getting bigger.
This is what I did and the diagnostic told me what I´m telling you.

If you´re sure that its just the audio jack, then keep trying. Also use a light and some twizzlers to actually see what youre doing (Already did this and worked temporarily).

Good luck.

macrem
Dec 5, 2008, 02:27 AM
I have the same problem, tried the match stick method but I'm having no luck. Can anybody recommend what I should try next?

The annoying thing to add to this problem is that i don't have the option of taking it back to a store because it was second hand from one of my teachers at college, I'm sure I could ask him to sort it out. How long does the warranty last for one macbooks? It was bought about 9 months ago
Without AppleCare, it's under warranty for 1 year, with AppleCare it's under warranty for 3 years.

Selling it to someone else does not void either warranty, you can take it to Apple yourself :)

eye candy twins
Dec 5, 2008, 05:09 AM
First i would like to thank everybody on here for there expert advice, (you guys are genius).
After having been informed that i had managed to break the speakers on my girlfriends macbook pro after she had removed my headphones a red light was showing from the jack i was starting to accept that i may have to pay to fix the comp.
She booked the comp into the mac store but before going i decided to see if you guys could help..
I tried all suggestions with no results until eventually the simplest solution worked..
Using a dental floss brush called a go between and rubbing alcohol.
http://www.drugstore.com/qxp79943_333181_sespider/g_u_m/go_betweens_cleaners.htm
I was beginning to lose hope so i just dipped it in the alcohol and shoved it in the hole..
Nothing happened so i swirled it about a little. Again nothing. SO i looked inside the hole and brushed around the edges and anywhere i could see gaps.
The brush did not go deep into the hole but all of a sudden off went the light.
I turned up the volume and pop back in business.
So try this method and please dont give up until you have as i think it saved me a good bit of cash.. i guess it must just be grease build up or dirt?
Respect and Thanks to you all.
xx Allister Blackham xx

kwahamot
Dec 6, 2008, 01:16 AM
i guess it must just be grease build up or dirt?
xx Allister Blackham xx

My theory is that due to the design of the cooling system the internal fans are causing air (and dust) to be sucked into the speaker/headphone port resulting in buildup of airborne contaminants on the internal switch and sensors...

Mr.Marcus
Dec 10, 2008, 11:40 AM
I had the same problem and I just now fixed it using the back of a plastic filling of a ballpoint pen.

I recently turned my macbook in for repair at a certified mac dealer here in Amsterdam, as a side note I mentioned the sound problem and they eventually told me they had to replace the motherboard to fix it.
That would have set me back about 500 euros if I remember correctly... Frickin' ridiculous! :mad:

Btw they also charged me 80 Euros (about 100 bucks) for trying (but failing) to retrieve the data from my busted HD. I dread the day I'll have to deal with them again :(

hkward001
Dec 14, 2008, 06:15 PM
Ugh this is not working for me at all! I bought my macbook back in Oct 2007. And I do not have applecare so I don't think I can take it in.

What should I do.

The qtip doesn't do anything. The light doesn't filcker or anything. It does when I take out my headphones but then always goes back to constant. And if it does stay off for a while when I push the volume keys it always goes back to being red.

dukelaxx
Feb 1, 2009, 10:59 PM
So I had the same problem with the red light through the headphone jack and no sound and I followed everyone's advice and I got a bobby pin and wiggled it around inside of the headphone jack and I had sound! Thank you everybody and good luck to anyone having a problem, I am sure you will fix it.

itsgenesis
Feb 13, 2009, 12:47 AM
Thanks dukelaxx and everybody else!
I didn't read much cuz I've been so impatient with this...
I tried the bobby pin approach and voila!
Sound once again!
Loyal to my :apple:

latempete
Feb 13, 2009, 08:30 AM
I had the same issue with a late 2008 17 inch MBP. I tried tickling inside the jack but my computer was only 6 weeks old so I didn't go further. I found the answer to what was going on in Apple's support pages and called Applecare. Applecare had no clue what I was talking about and kept telling me it was a software issue. I went along with their troubleshooting until they wanted me to reload OS X. I stopped them there and reminded them I was having the same issue under Windows so a software problem was unlikely. I was placed on hold for about 10 minutes until they found this issue in their support documents and had me send my computer in for repair.

One positive thing came out of this (I think it was positive anyway). Apple offered me a new 17 inch unibody MBP to replace my broken 17 inch MBP and I accepted. Now if the new MBPs would actually be released...

Keithcorp
Feb 22, 2009, 06:23 AM
The match worked for me. I tried everything, as well as reloading the drivers and having our IT department have a look at it for two days. In the end the solution was a simple match. Thanks for the suggestion. Cheers

ndw137
Feb 26, 2009, 06:56 AM
After reading thru the whole thread and trying all the suggestions (matchstick - no luck, paperclip - no luck, rapidfire headphone jack - no luck, firm but gentle - no luck), I finally got it with the plastic ink container from inside a ball point pen. first try. the light went off after a real gentle insertion with rear end of the ink container. must have been the correct diameter. don't give up.

izzodude
Mar 8, 2009, 09:47 PM
i was using my apple headphones watching a you tube video and when pulled them out a red led was shining in my headphone jack:eek:
so i went on to mac rumors
saw this so i chopped a q-tip in half and used the level end to push and jiggle the sensor, it worked, make sure you dont go to hard or you might cause another problem, you need to put it right against the sensor and just jiggle in till you here something click then go to audio midi set up and make sure its on internal speaker:D

silverbella
Apr 17, 2009, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the tip, guys! I was tearing my hair out but this solved it in seconds. :]

sprale
Apr 17, 2009, 04:32 PM
None of the solutions have fixed mine yet, still trying. Odd thing is, when I boot my system, I get the boot tone via built-in speakers. After POSTing, I get sound only through the headphones.

mbzcarzslr
Apr 27, 2009, 02:22 AM
i had the same problem and i tried all the match/paper clip wiggling techniques but nothing worked. so i tried this and for some reason it worked!!


Instructions:
1) Plug in ear phones
2) Start toggling the volume controls on your keyboard (press the volume buttons up and down continually)
3) While toggling, slowly pull the ear phones out. Remember to keep on toggling quickly!!!
4) Now actually make the volume louder by turning it up on the screen

It should now work... at least that worked for me. I guess the idea is that you are trying to tricked the computer in a weird way.

Hope it helps!!

sprale
Apr 27, 2009, 11:32 AM
I finally repaired mine, yeah! The odd bit is that I repair these things for a living (albeit part-time) and I fixed it on other's Macs before my own. I finally used a modified dental pick to trip the trigger. I felt I was going to break something, and the audio port is not easily repaired. If you break it, you'll need to have the logic board replaced or repaired. It's not a DIY project for even an above average computer geek. (I've sent a few in to specialists for this repair)

nursenat
May 14, 2009, 02:22 AM
hi everyone,
just wanted to say that my speakers stopped working and the light came on, with no headsets in! GAH
going to give the "object in the hole" a try!
thanks for the suggestions

GriffMasterChee
May 14, 2009, 01:18 PM
Okay well I've been working on these suggestions for over a month now, and nothing has worked :( I've tried using a Q-tip, a matchstick, the inside of a pen, as well as a paperclip and normal headphones... no luck.
I'll try a bobby pin next I guess, but I'm starting to lose faith; and it kills me that everyone is having success stories for something that seems so easy to fix.

Also, as of today, I plugged headphones into the other jack next to the headphones one, and the red light went away for the first time, but there is still no sound or settings to switch to "internal speakers." Thus, I must be getting closer but not there yet... I hope I didn't mess things up bad, any other suggestions?

Also, don't know about you guys, but the cause of my problem resulted from me accidently knocking my computer off my bed side table with the headphones in it, but I don't think it landed on them, at least I hope not... Does anyone know details about this?

Earthshine
May 16, 2009, 03:29 PM
I finally got it with the plastic ink container from inside a ball point pen. first try. ... must have been the correct diameter.

This also worked for me, also first try. It was the back end of the cartridge from from one of those really cheap pens with the wide, straight (not tapered) barrel. Thanx, ndw!

brich83
May 28, 2009, 06:49 AM
At this point, I have had the red light problem for over a year. This weekend, in an effort to procure a means of listening to system sounds via an external source, I downloaded Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil program which allows transmittal of system volume through an airport express. Strangely, whenever the program boots up, it has the side effect of turning off the red light in the headphone jack and allowing access to the internal speaks. I am not sure if this will work in the same way for everyone, but it has been a welcome benefit to a program that has numerous uses. Hope this helps.

areusche
May 28, 2009, 08:18 AM
At this point, I have had the red light problem for over a year. This weekend, in an effort to procure a means of listening to system sounds via an external source, I downloaded Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil program which allows transmittal of system volume through an airport express. Strangely, whenever the program boots up, it has the side effect of turning off the red light in the headphone jack and allowing access to the internal speaks. I am not sure if this will work in the same way for everyone, but it has been a welcome benefit to a program that has numerous uses. Hope this helps.

The "red light" is the optical audio out port. It sounds like the little micro switch in the jack is stuck. Use a pin to tease the thing out of it's on position.

DirectorKay
Jun 1, 2009, 11:07 AM
That happened on my MBP. I fixed it with a paper clip. A metal one. Probably not the best idea. :p


I used a plastic twist tie- just pushed it back until I felt it hit something.
Worked perfectly!

erinblythe
Jun 2, 2009, 04:23 PM
I love the rare (for me) occasion when a problem with my Mac only takes a few minutes of research to "fix". Other issues in the past have had me on these boards for hours at a time and no resolution. Thanks for posting!:cool:

zeraldo
Jun 22, 2009, 03:20 AM
same problem. picking the jack with a plastic pick worked like a charm. mine is a white macbook. the sensor is located in the internal wall of the jack which is opposite to the lcd screen. this should make it easier to "hit the target".
:cool:

kingromes
Jun 29, 2009, 05:37 PM
Thanks to whoever suggested the rubbing alcohol. I tried every solution on here, but the q-tip with rubbing alcohol did the trick. Must have been dust or something.

DonCasablanca
Jul 10, 2009, 07:14 PM
HAHA: THANK YOU.

I work in music production, yet was mystified by this: the idea that playing from the built-in speakers is impossible with something detected in the jack (mistakenly, in this case) was hugely frustrating.

But actually taking a matchstick: first gingerly pressing it against the visible contacts; then rubbing a bit more firmly, sensuously, beginning to stroke back and forth along the length of the socket; beginning to rotate, pressing around its circumference; pressing more and more firmly, more and more deeply, faster, FASTER, until suddenly I was met with blaring sound once again!

I needed a cigarette afterwords. Thankfully, I was already holding a matchstick.

sprale
Jul 10, 2009, 09:49 PM
HAHA: THANK YOU.

I work in music production, yet was mystified by this: the idea that playing from the built-in speakers is impossible with something detected in the jack (mistakenly, in this case) was hugely frustrating.

But actually taking a matchstick: first gingerly pressing it against the visible contacts; then rubbing a bit more firmly, sensuously, beginning to stroke back and forth along the length of the socket; beginning to rotate, pressing around its circumference; pressing more and more firmly, more and more deeply, faster, FASTER, until suddenly I was met with blaring sound once again!

I needed a cigarette afterwords. Thankfully, I was already holding a matchstick.

Should I feel dirty needing to 'fix' mine often?

kennyJ937
Sep 4, 2009, 09:08 PM
You guys are life-savers! i was so sure I would have to tell my dad that I'd bust my computer, but now everything is OK! And i also have a newfound appreciation for cotton buds! :)

HBOC
Sep 4, 2009, 09:40 PM
Holy Back From the Dead Thread! I had the same problem this past spring. I took it to the genius, and they told me that it is most likely caused by taking out the headphone/audio plug too quickly. The computer thinks it is still in there, thus the red light. Mine was also making a hissing noise. I have had it happen once since then, and I plugged in the headphones, and then took them out slowly, and it remedied the problemo.

rumani
Sep 4, 2009, 10:23 PM
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signorina m
Sep 6, 2009, 09:00 AM
This happens to me everytime I use headphones. This time I tried the q-tip, toothpick, end of a small paintbrush, etc to no avail. Instead what finally worked was just blowing some air into the opening, and the sound instantly worked! Must have just been dust.

bizmgr59
Sep 23, 2009, 12:25 PM
Me too folks! Happened just now. Matchstick trick worked, but what the hell???!!! I paid $1300 for my 13 in. MacBook in June. This is an unacceptible way to "fix" the problem. I'm gonna milk my warrenty for all its worth.


: ( Nothing is working for me folks. I've been on youtube, and was very optimistic about the suggestion there and here on this forum as well.

I tried matchstick, headphone jiggle, battery removal, nothing is working. Please help!!!!!!

yewborn
Sep 26, 2009, 12:37 PM
I also haven't been able to activate the sensor with a q-tip, pen ink cartridge, or matchstick. Similarly no luck wiggling either headphones or speaker jacks.

The red LED is no longer showing. Could I have poked it too hard and damaged it?

Can anyone offer more information on exactly where the sensor is located on the inside of the jack port? Is it at the back? Which wall of the port is it on?

Someone mentioned using rubbing alcohol. Has anyone else had success with that?

Thanks for your help.

rago
Oct 3, 2009, 10:58 PM
Try plugging some headphones in (or your Toslink lead, if that's what you used) and slightly wiggling the lead as you pull it out. (be gentle though)

I found that sometimes (pretty rarely) my Powerbook would get stuck on the headphone setting after listening to headphones on it, and this sorted things out. Only seemed to do it when it was new, it's fine now though.

It worked for me! Thank you much! Was stressing quite a bit. Plugged the headphones back in a wiggled it a bit and now it works again. Awesome. Or at least until it goes south for good....

McHater
Oct 4, 2009, 11:19 PM
I was having the same problem for the last two days. I didn't have anything pokey-shaped, so I plugged & unplugged the headphone jack a few times, & that did the trick.

I live/work in an extremely dusty environment (afghani desert), so once I go back to work tonight, I'll get some cotton swabs & alcohol from the electronics shop to clean the jack.

Ish

pansy0508
Nov 7, 2009, 01:02 PM
My apologies if I do this forum thing all wrong, I am new. However, I plugged in external speakers and when I went to unplug them, the metal insert part broke inside the jack. The computer is only 1 year old, took it to Apple and they wanted 1100.00 to fix. I have tried to remove it myself, but not happening. I tried the matchstick as well. I thought I could just point the speakers to internal, but it's not an option. Anyone have any ideas?

tflournoy95
Nov 7, 2009, 07:20 PM
My apologies if I do this forum thing all wrong, I am new. However, I plugged in external speakers and when I went to unplug them, the metal insert part broke inside the jack. The computer is only 1 year old, took it to Apple and they wanted 1100.00 to fix. I have tried to remove it myself, but not happening. I tried the matchstick as well. I thought I could just point the speakers to internal, but it's not an option. Anyone have any ideas?

use a magnet and suck it out. or a vacuum. just turn it off and unplug the battery before using a magnet.

LurkingIowan
Nov 16, 2009, 08:33 AM
Fantastic! My Blackbook started sounding like a skipping record this morning (no audio just the skipping sound) and this trick fixed it. I would never have noticed the red light shining out without this forum. Thanks team!

mozzacheeze
Dec 7, 2009, 11:58 AM
Just wanted to tell anyone that still has this problem, that I have a tip.

My LED light wouldn't go out when I unplugged my headphones and no matter how many times I reset the switch, the computer would think for a moment and then the light would come back on.

I discovered though that this is remedied usually by tripping the switch when the computer is already playing audio. For me, I have to open iTunes and start playing a song, then trip the switch (with the inside of a pen, or a paper clip) and the computer will suddenly realize it should be using the internal speakers and not the digital out. This works for me, hopefully it works for you too.

petitetouale
Dec 7, 2009, 06:09 PM
Hello! I had been having this problem for months. I tried a lot of things to fix it but nothing was working (bobby pin, screwdriver, toothpick, earphones, inside of a pen, etc). I finally fixed it by cutting a Q-tip in half, dipping it in rubbing alcohol and rubbing the sides of the hole to clean it, as suggested in this forum. I don't know if it's safe for the computer, but if you are desperate like me you can try it :)

4lex
Dec 12, 2009, 06:03 AM
I just fixed the red-light issue by plugging in the external speakers and kept the volume icon pressed with my mouse while removing the external speakers off the headphone jack. Otherwise the red light would turn back on. Now internal speakers work.

ImpostorOak
Dec 27, 2009, 06:30 PM
Everybody that has this problem needs to go to this page and tell Apple to issue a software update allowing us to disable the optical audio.

http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbookpro.html

We should not be forced to poke around inside our computers with metal objects or pay hundreds of dollars for logic board replacements. For how much money we pay for these computers, they should just WORK. And when Apple won't even stop being lazy and give us a simple SOFTWARE fix for the faulty hardware they sold us, something is desperately wrong. Personally, I'm going to keep e-mailing them until they finally fix this problem and I ask you guys to do the same.

Melbaya
Jan 1, 2010, 03:17 PM
Hey guys, to those who have tried the qtip fix to no avail, here's a little more detail that might help.

I tried the qtip for a WHILE with no improvement, so i bent up a paper clip and began to investigate. The switch is located near the back to the left if you look directly into the jack (this is on my MacBook Pro). as far as i can tell it resembles some kind of button. i fiddled around and found that if i pried the buton outwards using the end of the clip the light would go on, BUT i have yet to get the button to stay when i remove the clip.

Currently I have the clip stuck in place and i found that it does now allow for use of the internal speakers.

Good Luck and hope this helps!

keytone8
Feb 9, 2010, 11:00 PM
So I tried the qtip thing and it worked wonders on the red light, but the volume is still broken (without headphones, anyway). This all started after I dropped my laptop though, so I'm wondering if it might be a different problem.

aestuo
Feb 13, 2010, 08:41 AM
I had the same problem when I opened up my macbook pro this morning. I saw the red (digital) light and plugged/unplugged a pair of headphones a few times then left them plugged in for about 30 seconds then unplugged them. Went to system prefs and my audio slider was no longer grayed out. Audio works.

Atila-theHungry
Feb 25, 2010, 08:27 AM
I had been sadly stuck with the red light in the headphone jack and no sound out of the MacBook Pro speakers for many months—even after visiting this thread. I tried most of the suggestions, except perhaps those that involved alcohol. After many tries, I couldn’t even get the light to go off temporarily!

What worked for me was this: After cutting the cotton section off a Q-tip, I shaved a small wedge off the tip, so that the tip had a scoop-like shape. After locating the small switch towards the back on the left side of the Macbook Pro jack hole (very hard to see, but you can eventually spot it if you look into the hole from different directions until you see the tiny rectangular switch silhouetted against the red light), I stroked the jack hole with the scoop in an anticlockwise direction starting from above the switch. I could hear that I was jiggling, and sometimes catching, the switch and at the same time the light would sometimes flicker on and off while I moved the Qtip inside the hole. It took a while to get the knack, but with some patience eventually the light went off and stayed off!

I hope this helps those with a more stubborn version of this problem and who are as close to giving up as I was!

macmama707
Feb 25, 2010, 11:57 AM
thanks for the great advice....the matchstick thang worked! Glad I found this forum.
I have another little problem relating to my email client. I'll search the threads for a fix!
Thanks All!

ImpostorOak
Feb 26, 2010, 03:32 PM
I had been sadly stuck with the red light in the headphone jack and no sound out of the MacBook Pro speakers for many months—even after visiting this thread. I tried most of the suggestions, except perhaps those that involved alcohol. After many tries, I couldn’t even get the light to go off temporarily!

What worked for me was this: After cutting the cotton section off a Q-tip, I shaved a small wedge off the tip, so that the tip had a scoop-like shape. After locating the small switch towards the back on the left side of the Macbook Pro jack hole (very hard to see, but you can eventually spot it if you look into the hole from different directions until you see the tiny rectangular switch silhouetted against the red light), I stroked the jack hole with the scoop in an anticlockwise direction starting from above the switch. I could hear that I was jiggling, and sometimes catching, the switch and at the same time the light would sometimes flicker on and off while I moved the Qtip inside the hole. It took a while to get the knack, but with some patience eventually the light went off and stayed off!

I hope this helps those with a more stubborn version of this problem and who are as close to giving up as I was!

Well, I wish I knew you in real life. I've been having a terrible time trying to fix this. I'd just pay you to do it if I could.

pathecat
Mar 3, 2010, 11:01 AM
Last night, I switched on my Macbook to find that I couldn't adjust the volume control at all..There was a RED light in the headphone slot and no volume at all.... I was stumped... I was wondering whether to take my Macbook to the Apple vendor when I found out about the fix from this forum...

So, I took an earbud, snipped off one of its ends, and gently (OK...a little firmly) wiggled the headphone slot... and Voila!! Now I can hear its sweet sound again... And the RED light has gone away too...

A big thank you to all you guys here...Thanks for the 'tip'.. :-)

MATIASeatsHOBOS
Apr 16, 2010, 05:07 PM
Ive tried sooo many of the suggestions here but just today saw that one of them was to use rubbing alcohol and it worked. I love you guys. A lot. Like a lot a lot.

Mubanga
May 20, 2010, 10:26 AM
Same problem Jigled my headphone, and gues what? it worked! Low-Tech headphone jiggle FTW!! it saved me a trip to the genius bar^^

sprale
May 20, 2010, 03:32 PM
Same problem Jigled my headphone, and gues what? it worked! Low-Tech headphone jiggle FTW!! it saved me a trip to the genius bar^^

Speaking of Apple's Genii;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPu8PKHBhWk

Would the admins care to enable (http://www.vbhackers.com/f76/vb-3-5-5-bbcode-youtube-5068/) BBCode for YouTube videos?

kungming2
May 28, 2010, 12:49 AM
I got it in the end too - really weird, I have to say. I used a inner ballpoint tube thingy too, and it worked after ten minutes of "ok, why isn't this working...." I know it sounds like it's a "that's what she said" joke, but honestly it appears that wiggling it around and seeing if it works is really the only thing. I can't discern the switch by eye.

lrodyankee
Jul 8, 2010, 05:28 AM
The same thing happened to me and I was surprised that this was such a common problem. I was using external computer speakers and I lost my sound with the red LED light. I took the plug and gently maneuvered it around my Mac Book Pro's port. Within a minute the light went out and my sound was back.

exodus1999
Jul 8, 2010, 05:10 PM
YAY FIXED!

I tried inserting and removing headphones, match, paperclip then to my final attempt i used a Qtip and nothing. So then i tried putting it in vinegar (didnt have alcohol) and then dried it off so it wasnt like "wet" (turned off macbook) stuck it in and twisted, then turned on macbook and sound ahoy!!

piptin
Aug 17, 2010, 11:06 AM
For all of you people who like me tried all the precedures in this post and many more and lost all hope of ever hearing again from your internal speakers i have news, not a solution, but news. I recently installed ubuntu in a partition in my macbook and i stumbled upon the sound settings in ubuntu and apparently my speakers were muted. I unmuted them and voila! my speakers were working after almost 3 years muted. Red light is still on but the speakers work. So I guess this isn't a problem that can only have a hardware solution. My hope is that now someone will make some software that will make it work in osx . i will stick with ubuntu till then. hope this helped you.

MacOSXpert
Sep 12, 2010, 08:21 PM
Same problem Jigled my headphone, and gues what? it worked! Low-Tech headphone jiggle FTW!! it saved me a trip to the genius bar^^

I did this and it worked! YAY! Thank you!!!!

furneaux
Sep 13, 2010, 10:14 AM
This weekend I had a similar problem. It began when the external speakers
were plugged into the wrong mini port.

The problem was solved when, after opening the sound panel, I plugged the
head phone jack into each of the two ports. You can see, on the sound panel,
how the digital out changes to headphones but when the headphone jack is
placed into the other port it seems to correct the problem and the internal
speakers comes back as a choice. Richard

geobar
Sep 20, 2010, 05:18 PM
I had the same problem of red light but after i insert the mini jack of the headphones many times the light is gone and the sound of the speaker is back but the problem now is when i insert a headphones jack for listening with the headphones i don't have sound on the headphones the sound still come from the speakers.

any help thanks.

dexc
Sep 25, 2010, 08:41 AM
I had the same headphone jack optical red light issue... so I logged on here.. just tried the cutting the end off the Q-tip / cotton bud & wiggle method.. & it's fixed the problem.. thanks for the advice folks!

wonderbot
Oct 21, 2010, 05:28 PM
I had the same problem of no sound and a red LED light in the headphone jack. I didn't know where the button was that I was trying to push, so I looked closer and found it on the right hand side of my Macbook (pre-2009). Using a rubber-ended bobby pin, I pressed the button, and after a few tries, it stuck and I could hear out of my speakers again!

So...look for the button on the right hand side if you've been wiggling objects in there aimlessly!

xmarc999
Oct 30, 2010, 09:02 PM
I have a Mac Pro (not MacBook Pro) but same issue. Toothpick did not cure problem. But based on another post, I deleted both plists in ~/Library/Preferences/Audio. The two were: com.apple.audio.DeviceSettings.plist and com.apple.audio.SystemSettings.plist. Rebooted. Red optical light no longer on and external speakers now working fine.

salkiwi
Nov 14, 2010, 11:05 PM
Same problem (headphones work, speakers don't) - Apple dealer support department told me it would no doubt be a faulty logic board (AUD75 to diagnose and logic board AUD800). So I was prepared to try anything first (it's an old MacBook well and truly out of warranty).

Tried everything everybody suggested, with no luck. I also noticed (no one else has mentioned this) that when I hit the mute button on the keyboard - the mute symbol appeared on the screen, but also a "NO" symbol (circle with line through it). And Sound Prefs didn't have internal speakers as an option, just "digital output". Finally pulled some of the fluff off a cotton bud to make it small enough to fit, dropped a couple of drops of Eclipse camera sensor/lens fluid on the bud and gave it a good clean inside the headphone socket. The cotton bud came out leaving the fluid-soaked cotton wool inside, but easily removed with sharp-nosed tweezers. My speakers worked!!! I'm so pleased I kept at it.

So if you've found this forum for the same reason, don't give up! Keep trying everything before taking to Apple.

Tinarr
Dec 4, 2010, 01:53 PM
Ok so i accidently tripped over the charger wire and the laptop landed on the floor with the speakers cable plugged in and igot the red light, i just tried a matchstickbut the red end got stuck a bit in there and i got it all out and the red light is gone but it still doesnt work and i just tried a q tip no luck thre either and now the speaker cable doesnt go in all the way and the sound is bad quality now :( i think i broke the sensor or something!! what do i do? any ideas? :( shouldi just take it to apple?

jefflrfe
Dec 5, 2010, 12:04 PM
Tried the tooth pick, paperclip, match stick, pen liner, Q-tip, all to no avail. Got the red LED light to go out, but still no sound.

Finally took an Oral-B "Proxy Brush" (looks like a little Christmas tree and is used for cleaning between teeth), dipped it in vodka (because I didn't have any isopropyl alcohol), and began rubbing it in and out of the headphone jack and, at last, success!

Took about a dozen tries, during which I began to hear encouraging sputs and pops from the speakers, then SOUND! Obviously having tried all the hard objects it wasn't a case or resetting a button or a sensor in my case, it was plain old dirt.

Hope this helps, and thanks to all those who posted!

BTW, I'm now taking the precaution of cleaning the plugs of all the devises I use in the macbook head phone jack.

*********UPDATE*****

Continued to happen and needed swabbing almost every time I used the headphone input (even with really clean jacks). I'm finally forced to use an iMic in the USB to connect for external sound, but at least it keeps the internal speakers functional.

radoskal
Dec 8, 2010, 12:35 PM
I turned on my macbook pro half an hour ago and experienced the same problem all of you had. I tried virtually all the objects mentioned to no avail the light would go out temporarily but would return as soon as I removed the object no matter how much I wiggled, jiggled or pushed. Finally I took my headphone jack and plugged it into the OTHER port next to the headphone jack (the optical audio port?) the light on the headphone jack went out and my internal speaker functionality has returned. HOPE this helps people!

tcp19
Dec 8, 2010, 10:04 PM
i have tried the qtip and many of the things you have all listed, but the red light is still on. i can listen to sound through head phones but when i take the head phones out, there is no sound. what should i do?

Somprp
Dec 9, 2010, 02:49 AM
wHAT if mine only happens in windows , not mac, that's a software problem right?. this only happens after i updated the bootcamp , i should never have :(

androsk
Dec 21, 2010, 06:24 AM
hey guys, had the same problem with my macbook pro late 2007 model and after reading this thread i fixed it. i used a cotton bud. i cleaned the jack with the cotton bud and a lenses cleansing liquid and the red light turned off and my speakers started working again!

All thanx to you, THAAAAANX!!!!!

ceilingcat
Dec 22, 2010, 05:55 PM
same problem here with a late 2008 MacBook (now called pro), fixed it with the halved Q-tip trick. Thanks guys!

hildc
Dec 29, 2010, 06:54 PM
I tried all of the remedies suggested in the forum to no avail. After plugging in a speaker cord for Netflix TV/computer viewing I noticed my speakers were working and I could control my volume button. While in town I picked up a cheap external speaker cord and plugged it in and voila, the internal speaker works, I can hear them, and control the volume. http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/icons/icon3.gif

Etica
Jan 5, 2011, 01:07 AM
I joined up MacRumors specifically to thank every one on this thread. I've also had the speakers on my MacBook Pro not working and the red light beaming. At first very concerned, but thanks to all you folk I have tried the qtip ie cotton bud, the match sticks, the headphones in and out fast, slow, wiggly and hard, the hair clip, the paper clip, the optical jack, deleted 2x .plists. Hour after hour - Nothing!
Finally the pin. still nothing. And then the red light went off. The speakers started up. But as I removed the pin - silence and red light again.
Finally I solved it by getting the pin in the right spot, as the speakers fired up and the red light went out I shut down the computer while holding the pin in place.
When I started again all was working back to normal. I haven't dared to try the headphones again.
Hope this added note will help another who is struggling. And thanks again.

T34418leONE
Jan 5, 2011, 08:09 PM
Tried everything and no luck!

Would my last choice be to replace the left I/O board? That's really unfortunate because that's a $100 fix! Damn you apple!

trf
Jan 9, 2011, 07:45 AM
Got this problem in a public event yesterday, got round it with a silly amount of cables. Found the red light this morning, red the psots and fixed the problem. In a difficult world, being bale to go here and be part of a community that helps gets me through. Thanks people:)

Macspy
Feb 6, 2011, 02:17 PM
It is true that sometimes you can get results by cramming things into your audio jack. However the results are likely temporary and the problem usually returns as soon as you use headphones or an external speaker again. The solution is to fix the audio jack (imagine that!). There is a mechanical feature (a mechanical switch) to the jack that directs the signal. That switch is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired properly. It requires disassembly and expertise to do it properly. I fix these daily. for Apple stores and other repair shops in my area. Let me know if anyone wants help.

T34418leONE
Feb 6, 2011, 02:44 PM
It is true that sometimes you can get results by cramming things into your audio jack. However the results are likely temporary and the problem usually returns as soon as you use headphones or an external speaker again. The solution is to fix the audio jack (imagine that!). There is a mechanical feature (a mechanical switch) to the jack that directs the signal. That switch is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired properly. It requires disassembly and expertise to do it properly. I fix these daily. for Apple stores and other repair shops in my area. Let me know if anyone wants help.

My ultimate fix was swapping the entire left I/O board on my MBP. Found an eBay store (AppleComponents) that carried my particular spec I/O board for $75 shipped and did the fix myself thanks to iFixit.com's awesome guides.

I'd say go these two routes if you're really desperate and sick of not having any sound!

nick1516
Feb 9, 2011, 08:05 PM
I've got this issue as well on my 09 macbook where I've got the red light and am not getting sound from speakers or headphones, I've tried a q-tip and a toothpick but nothing seems to work. Any other suggestions when neither of these work or any specific steps.

bildungsroman
Feb 10, 2011, 06:58 AM
Exact same issue with my mid-2008 MBP. I tried the matchstick method unsuccessfully several times and was about to give up when I saw another reader had suggested jiggling towards the top - and what do you know, it worked!

I hope this is an issue Apple has fixed on newer models.

Macspy
Feb 10, 2011, 09:43 AM
The solution is to properly repair the jack. The reason that sometimes playing with the 3:00 side of the jack works is because that is where the switch is. It is a spring switch so springing it more with a toothpick will only make it worse long term. The $75 replacement part is not a bad deal because that is about what it costs to repair it anyway. However that it not an option on a MacBook as the audio is attached to the motherboard. Contact through PC Gecko if you want some help.

Fubar1977
Feb 10, 2011, 09:46 AM
I I hope this is an issue Apple has fixed on newer models.

It doesn`t look like it...

PeterCa
Feb 11, 2011, 09:30 PM
I joined up MacRumors specifically to thank every one on this thread.....
Ditto.
Just to add another data point, early MacBook Pro, pushing with pen liner or hair clip did not work, tried rubbing and wiggling all around, in and out to find the sweet spot where a microswitch might be stuck. I guess the trouble is it is stuck in and needs to come out so pushing it will only sometimes work. Then I tried a bit of cotton wool twisted on a stick soaked with some methylated spirits (alcohol). I rolled that around the inside of the hole and it came out distinctly discoloured, the light went out and the speakers are restored. So, I think that is consistent with the gunk in the hole gumming up the switch hypothesis.

BAZINGA
Mar 8, 2011, 12:49 AM
I think I have stumbled upon a different fix for this problem that doesn't require penetrating your MAC.

You simply plug some headphones into the jack, put your display to sleep(either with a hotcorner or by pressing the power button and selecting "sleep"), wait a couple seconds, then pull the jack out. When you wake your computer up, it should be working.

I have been trying to recreate this problem so that I can test it thoroughly, but i cant get the optical to turn on(red light) again.

this also works for when your mac's display goes blank after having a secondary display plugged in when your mac goes to sleep.

Devilshark
Mar 14, 2011, 02:02 PM
2008 Macbook - paperclip

tinodea
Apr 4, 2011, 09:14 PM
So my internal speakers stopped working around 9-12 months ago, along with it the all-too-familiar red light in the headphone jack. Tried all the toothpick (actually recommended by an Apple tech), headphone in-and-out, paper-clippy, throw salt over-your-shoulder ideas posted out there; all to no avail. Nothing would get that switch inside to pop back from it's position, and let my computer know that there was nothing plugged into the jack. After all that and NEAR A YEAR of no internal speakers, they started working again the other day.
I think what happened was that I had neglected to notice that my headphones were plugged in still when I tried to put my laptop in the case, and slightly tweaked the headphone jack port when the headphone jack hit the side of the case. Whatever you do, don't let anyone convince you that it's a logic board or I/O board failure. It seems very likely an obnoxious flaw in the jack's design, and I'm not surprised many people can get it working again by poking around and getting the switch inside the jack to return to its position.

BryansMacbook05
Apr 6, 2011, 12:18 AM
I read several suggestions on Forum. Some people stuck matchsticks, paperclips etc.., and one said the sensor was dirty. So I blew into the jack and "Poof" instant sound. Saves everyone from sticking perilous items into our audio jack.
Happy Listening.:)

bruensk
May 3, 2011, 04:29 PM
YAY! Apple wanted me to replace the logic board - brought it in - he looked at it - priced me at $450 - but because of this thread, i didn't give up hope.

WHAT EVENTUALLY WORKED FOR MY MACBOOK:

For me the trigger was bottom left (when you are looking at the screen) so towards you. I drew a crude drawing, because i'm positive this is what flipped it and mine was VERY stubborn with just giggling (pen shaft, q-tip, bobby pin, paper clip, rubbing alcohol)

I used a safety pin that i made a little hook on the end. When i got it at the right clasp inside, and start trying to catch it the light started going on and off and then OFF and then SOUND!

My drawing:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150168825311304&set=a.10150168825306304.300375.599361303&type=1&theater

mkahane
Jun 4, 2011, 11:27 PM
^THIS WORKED!!!!! After 6 months of not having sound. The same thing had happened a year ago on a friends computer and I fixed it in two seconds with a match stick, but had no luck whatsoever this time. Your drawing was very helpful. Thanks.

william.lowery
Jun 7, 2011, 02:04 PM
When this happens, I just take headphone speaker jacks and briefly plug one end into the headphone input (of the laptop) and the other end into the speaker input (of the laptop) while playing a song from my itunes library....and the internal speakers start working. Who'd a thunk?

girlpants
Jun 8, 2011, 11:04 AM
This was SO helpful! I literally signed up for this forum just to tell everyone how easy it was!!!

My nonworking speakers have been driving me nuts for months!

I followed everyones advice and used a matchstick (to no avail) to dig around in the jack and then switched to a plastic drink sword. The tiny sword flipped the microswitch in no time and I finally have SOUND! First time in months!

I guess drinking and smoking are helpful for *SOME* things :)

Cheers!

Robh65
Jul 20, 2011, 08:59 AM
catchmeifucan24 posted this somewhere. Can't remember...this has worked for me twice now. To avoid this problem reoccurring try not to sleep your computer with aftermarket speakers plugged in along with an active usb device.

This is catchme's fix:

I noticed there were a number of people who were having problems with the digital audio being stuck on which didn't allow the main computer speakers to work.

I figured out how to fix this, or, it at least worked for me.

First, plug in a USB device (iPod, hard drive, etc..) (I used an iPod)
Next plug headphones into the headphone slot, then uplug them. This should turn off the optical light.

Like i said this did work for me, I am making no promises but I had tried everything, and this did it.

sunny.ax
Jul 28, 2011, 06:11 AM
same problem. picking the jack with a plastic pick worked like a charm. mine is a white macbook. the sensor is located in the internal wall of the jack which is opposite to the lcd screen. this should make it easier to "hit the target".
:cool:

This was a little tricky for me to work out. I tried the bobby pin, matchstick, ball point pen thingy, jiggling headphones, tricking computer by switching volume up and down whilst slowly pulling out the headphones and paperclips. I had even put on the non-stop 3 hour nyancat song on youtube so that I would notice when it started working. None of these things were working and to be honest my frustration was making me a teensy bit aggressive (being gentle with the MB wasn't working out all to well for me).

I was just about to give up when I read your post, zeraldo. I now knew where to "stick" the paperclip. I only had to nudge the area you where talking about and I heard a little "Nyan". In all my excitement I let go of the paperclip and it went quiet. I tried once again and this time it worked straight away. As I am writing this "Nyan nyan nyan" is singing away in the background - and my headphones aren't even plugged in.

I am so soo so happy right now. You guys are the best. Bless your cotton socks.

rmn87
Aug 11, 2011, 09:39 PM
Toothpick trick did not work for me, or anything similar. So, I took it apart to get a look at the logic bord. I reverse-engineered the connections I could access from the bottom of the PCB under the audio jack. While doing so, I found that you can jump two connections (one is sleeve ground and the other I believe is a connection from the switch inside the jack. After doing so, the headphone jack will not work as an audio output for either analog or optical, but the internal speakers will work fine. This is b/c the switch is basically bypassed, the macbook will never know whether there is a headphone plugged in to the jack or not. This fix is fine for me, especially since I had no other option b/c I'm out of warranty and I'm not spending $400 on a new logic board haha.

BTW, I'm a Ph.D. Computer Engineering student, I didn't just do this all willy-nilly out of the blue, haha. You do need a decent sodlering iron to do this and you must make sure you have a very small gauge wire (insulated). This fix can always be undone... if you need to for some reason. Below is an imgur link to a couple photos I took of the area and connections to jump.

NOTE: This is one a late 2008, a1278 MacBook unibody. The macbook pros may be slightly different, but you can figure it out with a connectivity meter and some fiddling maybe. :) They also could be exactly the same, I don't know.

http://rmn87.imgur.com/macbook_audio_jack_fix#SvfTV

Chestnutbing
Aug 13, 2011, 09:20 AM
YAY! Apple wanted me to replace the logic board - brought it in - he looked at it - priced me at $450 - but because of this thread, i didn't give up hope.

WHAT EVENTUALLY WORKED FOR MY MACBOOK:

For me the trigger was bottom left (when you are looking at the screen) so towards you. I drew a crude drawing, because i'm positive this is what flipped it and mine was VERY stubborn with just giggling (pen shaft, q-tip, bobby pin, paper clip, rubbing alcohol)

I used a safety pin that i made a little hook on the end. When i got it at the right clasp inside, and start trying to catch it the light started going on and off and then OFF and then SOUND!

My drawing:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150168825311304&set=a.10150168825306304.300375.599361303&type=1&theater

The drawing helped a lot. I'd tried all of the other suggestions without success. I used a tiny crotchet hook. I'm not sure I'm game to use the headphone jack again. Thanks to everyone for their help.

higglyloo
Aug 31, 2011, 07:48 AM
the idea of sticking a small object into the jack worked i gently pulled at each sensor until the red led light turned out , i used a pin tho , my macbook is now working

another way that works , is to place your headphones into the jack and remove them whilst volume is on , this often disabbles the headphone function , thanks a bunch tho :)

xrotemx
Sep 6, 2011, 06:42 PM
i tried all the above without success. then i had an idea and i got:
http://www.mediagalaxy.co.il/files/air-spray-open.jpg
just put the air tube inside the audio slot and push the air untill you hear the sound! cool

A1mzG
Sep 13, 2011, 01:29 AM
My MacBook seems to have majorly gone down hill recently. It must hit the three year mark and decide to break, I recently had the battery replaced and now I've got this issue too. Tried all the things suggested in this topic with no success :( My sound does play intermittently though. For example now, a sound will play for a few seconds then go off... To make matters worse I've just moved to China so don't see where I can get support easily. Has any software been known to help where you can turn the light off? Thanks for any help given :)

BalmungTaichou
Sep 18, 2011, 01:01 AM
My macbook pro is less then a year old. First thing is using Bootcamp kills your mac book. Second thing is nobody knows mac not even apple knows mac.

mac00l
Sep 18, 2011, 09:20 PM
I've had this issue twice by now, red light and stuff, and I believe it is not hardware related, at least not entirely.

The first time was when I upgraded to Lion, I made the upgrade while having earbuds plugged. I tried reseting several times, so I called Applecare, and they told me to plug and unplug the earbuds, which I did and worked.

The second time happened a few weeks ago. I unplugged my earbuds and sound died. Tried the trick applecare told me with no avail. Since applecare repair service in mexico is slow (one week more or less), I've been waiting for some free time to take it in. But it happens that I had to install windows trough bootcamp, and after working with it a bit, the sound worked just fine in windows (so it's not a hardware issue), after a reboot with osx, the same issue still happened. 5 days passed, and the only change I've done recently is activating the voice who tells you the hour, and somehow the sound started working again a few minutes ago.

Weird I know, maybe someone can make some instructions so the OS ignores the sensor, so it can send the sound to the speakers, or you can wait for a few weeks and see if it starts working just like it did with me

Cheers

DCSterio
Sep 22, 2011, 07:43 AM
Holy crap, it worked! Same problem with my MacBookPro (2009) -- headphone sound worked but no sound from speakers, red light on in headphone jack. The MacGenius at the Apple Store told me I needed a new logic board for...wait for it....wait for it...$1200 to $1300 plus "you'll be without my laptop for 2-3 weeks, is that okay." After a week of thinking that was my only option, I ran across this site and the concept of the sensor stuck in the "headphone in" setting. Tried wiggling the headphone jack lightly to no avail, then said WTF -- used the headphone jack like a bullet train going in and out of a dark tunnel until BOOM! red light in headphone jack went off. After reboot, I'm now listening to Tom Petty's "Don't Back Down." Sorry Apple Store, not this time.

Fal Dee
Oct 5, 2011, 11:11 PM
Today after watching a tv show through my headphones, once i unplugged them my internal speakers wouldn't work anymore (obv or i wouldnt of been searching through this forum :P)

After reading all the suggestions, i tried plugging/unplugging the headphones many, many, many times.... tried cutting a qtip and using the non cotton end, but no luck. Wanting to avoid using any metal objects I was ready to throw my laptop off my balcony since my warranty expired just A MONTH ago. After figuring "whats the worse I could do now" I tried a safety pin. One poke and BAM internal speakers back on! Plugged in my headphones to make sure nothing was damaged, nope headphones still worked. As soon as I unplugged them again though, digital output was back. Poked it again and the speakers once again worked. Silly that now I'll need to poke it after everytime I want to use my headphones.....
I love my macbook but I'm not happy this happened right after my warranty expired :(

macbilzi
Oct 6, 2011, 11:23 AM
The problem appears to be, indeed, with a small contact about halfway down the right side of the jack port. Blow out the port well with compressed air first as it usually is simply caused by crud in the port and all this wiggling of different items in there finally dislodges the crud, so the tool is not the trick as much as the method. Once you have unleashed a hurricane therein, if the light remains on, gently slide a round, wooden toothpick down the side closest to the front of the laptop until you hear a very,very slight click. If it is clean, the light should go off and stay off. If it doesn't repeat the compressed air and try again.

Steve Bilzi
Independent Apple Tech
Wilmington, NC

Macspy
Oct 6, 2011, 11:39 PM
I have posted this before but here again... The "switch" inside the jack is indeed a mechanical spring type switch. If you are looking into the jack it is on the right side. When the spring is pushed back (by the jack you push in) the switch is "open" as in off, and the signal does not flow to the speakers. Cramming stuff in there can occasionally get the spring to reconnect. However it is more likely to make things worse and is definitely NOT a fix. Any "tech" that is posting on here and has not ripped one of these apart by now is indeed no tech, and at least should not be posting here.

The only way to properly and permanently fix this is to open the machine, open the jack and retention the spring.

Nuff said!

flincinc
Oct 29, 2011, 10:34 AM
2010 MacBook Pro

Symptoms: no sound with headphones unplugged, red light inside headphone jack on continuously or intermittently

Solution: just at the upper side of the entry of the headphone jack to the right of the headphone decal is a bar thingy. I think this is the contact that is the culprit, as there seems to be a cavity around it that could accumulate dust/crud. Blow very hard on this spot with a can of compressed air with one of those thin 5-6" tubes. I even turned the can upside down for a second so that liquid actually hit the bar thingy. That seemed to do the trick: red light went off and all worked perfectly thereafter (so far!).:D

One can see this bar thingy contact with the naked eye, when it is functional, but when it is not functional, it may be stuck down inside its socket. Just blow cold canned air hard at the top of the headphone jack at the very front until the red light goes out.

Thanks to all above in the past! Good luck to all in the future!;)

jensnowk
Nov 4, 2011, 04:46 AM
Just this past weekend after watching a DVD (used the headphone jack to listen) I am no longer able to hear anything out of the speakers. I also now have a red LED light shining through the headphone jack. Under the 'Sound' option in System Preferences, it says "Digital Out" instead of "Internal Speakers".
I've called Tech Support and they haven't been able to help me. My next option is sending my laptop back in to them for service. I'd like to see if there if there is somebody out there that has had this same issue before I lose the laptop for atleast a week.
Any thoughts??


I had this same problem, tried using a sharpened pencil, earring back, q-tip without the cotton... didn't work. i kept reading and it said to be mildly vigorous in your efforts so after trying to be very careful with the port i found a dum dum pop and used the butt end of the stick, basically the same as a q-tip, and went to town on my headphone port. I kept the sound on while working so I could see if there was any progress. After about 30 seconds of blindlessly wiggling around the sound worked for about two seconds. So I got excited and kept going trying to be gentile but not holding back and hey! the sound works now! Looks like a big flaw in the apple construction since EVERYONE is having this problem. We should probably write them and ask for a refund or an extended warranty or something. maybe a $25 gift certificate to the apple store or best buy, seems like we've got enough people...



Let me know!


Jen

squeakr
Nov 4, 2011, 08:26 AM
Looks like a big flaw in the apple construction since EVERYONE is having this problem. We should probably write them and ask for a refund or an extended warranty or something. maybe a $25 gift certificate to the apple store or best buy, seems like we've got enough people...


Not EVERYONE is experiencing or has experienced this issue. It is no Apple's fault but more a fact of life as the springs lose tension and weaken over time. It really is a normal wear and tear issue. Apple doesn't build the jack they purchase them. Do a search and you will see the same thing happens on cellphones and other products that have a headphone jack.

RazorRay
Nov 7, 2011, 07:19 PM
Spent an hour on this and after reading blogs tried toothpicks, wiggling an inserted mini-plug with no luck. Then I stumbled upon a thread where someone suggested that the optical sensor in the jack may have dirt or dust residue that mimics an inserted mini-plug. That made sense, so I cut a Q-tip, dipped it in alcohol, shut the computer down, insert the mystical paper wand into both the headphone jack and the digital I/O, turned the computer (MacBook) on and....wait for it....wait for it...success! Motherboard needed??? NOPE...Software upgrade....NO....finding and deleting a corrupt file.....Na. Cut Q-tip and a little rubbing alcohol....DINGDINGDINGDING!!!

I'm just saying, worked for me...good luck. BTW, you would think that with soooo many people having this issue that you'd be able to find this simple solution with a quick search on the apple site. But NOOOOOOOOO, they'd rather just have you buy another computer. That's cool, I own the stock:) If you can't beat 'em...

Annietj
Nov 8, 2011, 04:50 AM
Hi Guys,

It seems there are many people out there who have had the same 'OH NOOO' moment with this problem. My son uses my macbook to play games and uses headphones so he doesn't drive me nuts. When I came to use my macbook this morning I had no sound. I tried all the usual non techy things in system pref, to no avail. Your forum gave me such hope, after reading several dozen posts I ran upstairs, got the cotton bud, scraped off the cotton and inserted it into headphone jack - nothing! I persevered, wiggling it about and spinning it a bit, nada, zip, nought! I took the wiggly stick out and thought all was lost but - success!!!! The light went out and sound is restored. Like some of you, I thought the full cup of tea I spilled over the keyboard 2 years ago had come to haunt me, but it seems not. Keep persevering guys, it worked for me, but not 1st time. Thank you to all of you for getting me out of a potentially expensive hole.http://cdn.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Roorasesnge
Nov 13, 2011, 06:43 PM
This happened to me, too, it kinda scared me at first. Anyhow! I tried a few of the ideas on here and nothing worked--even the matchstick idea. Then I tried the whole plugging the headphones in and pulling them out really quick over and over again, which finally worked!

lukebbb
Nov 26, 2011, 02:40 AM
Hello everyone. Very helpful the trick of the matchstick. I used a toothpick made thicker by wrapping some electrical tape on it, shove it in the earphone plug, and suddenly as magic, the red light went off and the speakers went back to life.
Great hint, thank you!

James McTyre
Dec 5, 2011, 12:25 PM
I can't get the matchstick, the qtip, or the pen tube to work. However, I did discover that when I use BootCamp to boot into Ubuntu on my MacBook, the sound works fine. Here's the catch... the red led stays on in Ubuntu, but the sound still works, either on internal speakers or headphones. Now very stumped.

Tarheel86
Dec 17, 2011, 04:04 PM
I tried all of the suggestions: plugging and unplugging the headphones, paper clip, toothpick, Q-tip cut off with alcohol, etc, etc.

Nothing worked.

Then, I tried compressed air, but still no change. I kept at it with the compressed air over and over. I then stuck a Safety Pin in, but that didn't work. Hit it with more compressed air and then began sticking headphones jack in and out repeatedly, and it FINALLY worked!

Just hope it doesn't return.

I registered on the Forum just to say THANKS !!!

petzl
Dec 18, 2011, 01:33 AM
i have a MBP 15" mid-2010 and i had the symptoms everyone else in this thread had: internal speakers not operating, headphones operating, red LED inside the headphone jack goes on and stays on as soon as you remove the headphones and internal speakers stay off.

praying first to the East to Mecca, and then WNW to Cupertino, i then used (the non-business end of) a ballpoint pen tube, gently but firmly pushing it straight in 4-5 times, with no effect. then, i hit upon a solution.

the trick was: with the tube fully inserted, apply gentle pressure down on the tube, 1/4 inch from the opening (like it was a see-saw), such that the tip farthest inside is touching the top. the LED light instantly went off and the internal speakers would play. (success!) however, when i removed the pen tube, the red LED went back on again. (only partial success.) so, i tried it again, with the same results. (repeatable, partial success.) then, i just left it in, as a stopgap measure, while i watched a 10min video to think of an idea. this time when i removed it, the red LED stayed off. (back to: success!)

not sure if the leaving it in had the effect, or if it was just that the third try was the "lucky" try that worked. and, i'm almost apprehensive to use headphones again for a while because of this. in any case, internal speakers are back, and i have a strategy for future mishaps.

someone above suggested using rubbing alcohol: i highly recommend AGAINST putting any liquid in your headphone jacks, for what should be obvious reasons! i'd also recommend against any metal objects as well: non-conductive materials are readily at hand, so why take the chance?

-Petzl

if at any time, you thought bad porn background music was appropriate for some of the technical descriptions, you are not alone.

shout out to @tongatonga for ballpoint pen tube suggestion (with no q-tip or toothpick available, pen tube did the trick)

qozzie
Jan 11, 2012, 08:26 PM
success was achieved, thanks so much to you geniuses.

my path to glory:
1. matchstick did not work (pressed firmly and jiggled),
2. ink tube from ball point pen didn't work (also pressed firmly in and jiggled),
3. used a safety pin and aimed for the top as was suggested by one post, and within two seconds I heard a click and the internal speakers came on! Little or no pressure required.

wow, what a 'primitive' and practical fix :).

protekmike
Feb 16, 2012, 06:51 PM
I have a little more technical information to help with this fix. I run a repair shop and found the MacBook models have a small stainless steel detent about half way down the jack barrel on the side facing the rear of the computer. With the machine off and the laptop in an inverted "V" position squirt a very small blast of Clearner & Lubricant (Radio Shack 64-4315). With a jeweler's screwdriver work the dentent/switch untill it comes loose and you can feel it moving in and out of the jack barrel. Repeat this as necessary until you feel a distinct travel in the dentent indicating full travel movement. Test for internal sound.

Macspy
Feb 17, 2012, 07:28 AM
The above post is totally wrong. I repair these properly almost daily and I am telling you all again that cramming stuff in there at best is only a temporary fix. The problem is that a mechanical spring switch to the front of the jack has lost its connection. The only proper repair is to open it up and retention it. All the hoping for a simpler easier solution is in vain.

Fiks
Feb 26, 2012, 10:50 AM
Folks, this appears to be a perennial problem. I have had the "red light on" problem before, and can usually fix it by sticking in the headphone plug and pulling it out quickly. The "cut Q-tip" also works for this (cut the end off a Q-tip and wiggle it in the headphone jack). But today, MY SPEAKERS DISAPPEARED from System Preferences. (10.6.8) Here's how I fixed it: Open System Preferences>Sound>Output tab. While it is open - I saw "digital optical out" but no "internal speakers" option - poke in the cut Q-tip stick. You can feel it up against the internal button that switches on digital/headphone mode, and should be able to feel a little detent when you depress the internal button/switch. Push it in and out several times while watching your System Preferences> Sound> Output window. You may see the output description cycle back and forth between digital optical and speakers. Keep doing it until you get it to stop on "internal speakers". That fixed it for me; if you were able to cycle it, you should be good-to-go. Thanks to all on this forum who led me to this solution! This is a pain in the butt, so good luck!

kalachnikov
Feb 29, 2012, 04:55 AM
Hi,

I have just solved my problem and have registered here to share it with you.
In fact, about two months ago, my internal mac book pro speakers stopped working and the red led was on (exactly like everyone here). At first, I played with the jack and the sound came back once or twice. After that, they stopped working for good, no cotton, cleaning or anything worked. A month later, my internal (and external - plugging a mic in the jack didn't work) microphone also stopped working. So I went to the apple store, they told me after checking and whatnot that I had to replace the main board, about 600 euros. I decided of course to keep it as is, bought external speakers as well as a usb headset (mic + speaker).
Two days ago, my computer's hard disk being quite full, I deleted the films that were taking too much place and ran Onyx software to clean up my computer (this is not an ad for Onyx, and I'm not a technician). I ran the whole options of Onyx, one after the other. My computer restarted and everything worked as normal.....

So basically, what I am really saying is that it's a software issue, not hardware. EVERYTHING is back to normal now. I hope this helps.

Nmcdonough
Mar 4, 2012, 09:56 AM
I read all the different solutions to fix the headphone jack and make the speakers work and wasn't to fond of sticking different things into the port. Instead I grabbed a can of Dust Off, put the straw in the headphone port (fits perfect) and gave it three quick sprays and immediately fixed the problem. Good luck!

bumper0823
Mar 6, 2012, 08:01 PM
Hey guys, new on here...I too have just encountered the red light in headphone jack hole...but I think my problem may go a bit deeper...some people were saying to insert a headphone and go in & out several times...but I can't even fully insert any cable into the port...it only goes in so far, but not all the way like normal? Is this normal with this problem? I'm going to try the compressed air thing here shortly, but was more concerned about that I can't insert my cable fully anymore...let me know and thanks!!

mashulya
Mar 9, 2012, 11:46 AM
My drawing:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150168825311304&set=a.10150168825306304.300375.599361303&type=1&theater

Guys, thank you so much for all this help and sharing. I tried so many things, and finally it worked! Tried blowing air into the plug, sticking paper clip and qtip with alcohol.

bruensk, thank you so much for the drawing.

LizRizDesign
Apr 2, 2012, 06:42 AM
I had the same problem with no sound on my MacBook Pro except when using a headset - in fact, plugging the headset in is what started the problem. I got a can of compressed air and sprayed directly into the jack opening and as I sprayed, I saw the "grayed out" speaker icon came back to life! Works perfectly now. It wasn't a hardware or software problem in my case...just dust!

Maddie.EP.
Apr 17, 2012, 09:21 AM
Hi there!
I was having the exact same problem just about 5 minutes ago and had no idea what was going on!! I followed the bobby pin advice from brady.ca and it worked like a charm!! I will definitely be keeping one of those handy if that ever happens again :S

mooreofambie
Jun 16, 2012, 04:19 AM
I've tried pretty much every remedy listed in these MacRumor forums on this topic, I've jiggled the headphone jack around, i've used the q-tip, the toothpick, the paper clip, the inside tube of a ball point pen, the bobby pin, EVERYTHING. I even tried blowing into it, and dipping the halved q-tip in rubbing alcohol (risky, I know).

Nothing seems to help.

Now worse, after going at it for the past hour, when I plugged my headphones back in (2 different pairs) there is a horrible buzzing noise that comes out along with the audio. Please help. I'm guessing I'll have to take it to the Apple store soon to get it checked out. I'm desperate and really don't want to have to pay for an expensive fix or new logic board.

Any ideas would be appreciated. :confused:

grantdoug
Jun 27, 2012, 10:27 AM
My solution for "No Sound Output to MacBook Speakers" - Re-route Sound Input / Output

I have had this problem on my MacBook Pro, and tried EVERYTHING Apple & Forums suggested - SMC reset, PRAM reset. Apple advised me to send it in for servicing. Since it isn't covered by warranty, I didn't want to do that.

If you do not want to pay Apple to fix your MacBook optical sound jack hardware, you can overcome the problem with this procedure I came up with myself, which overcomes the hardware failure caused by the headphone jack optical sensor thinking something is plugged in there when there isn't.

Ironically, this solution requires a jack be inserted into the headphone jack. Annoying, but workable and free.

Step 1. Plug headphones in (don’t worry, you won’t use them)
Step 2. Change System Preferences -> Sound -> Change Internal Speakers to an Input!
Step 3. Done!

Obviously when you do want to use the headphones, you must revert this setting! ;)

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robotboyd
Jul 1, 2012, 01:49 PM
Last week my 15" macbook pro got stuck in digital out/optical out mode. The inability to hear anything without headphones is driving me nuts! I've scoured the internet for solutions, yet that annoying red light persists. In addition to resetting the PRAM and SMC, I have stuck a toothpic, a needle, and ton of otherthings in to no avail. Today, using a guide from iFixit, I removed my logic board (multiple times) peeled back the cover on the headphone jack, and tried flipping the microswitch connections... Didn't work. I've decided I can live without a headphone jack (by using a usb soundcard), and am considering removing it completely.

My question is: Will removing the headphone jack from the logic board turn off the optical out and allow me to use the computer speakers?

Thanks

Macspy
Jul 2, 2012, 09:09 AM
You can remove the jack but it will not solve the problem unless you solder in a jumper that connects the speakers. But why go to all that problem and not just fix the issue. You can fix it by putting in a new jack if the old one has been destroyed. There is no microswitch in the headphone jack so I don't know what you are referring to. However if you are saying that you re-tensioned the spring switch and it did not work then you did it wrong.

imanalien
Aug 22, 2012, 02:35 PM
Macspy, how do you retention the jack? The internal speakers are now working. Had to put iPhone earbud jack into the other (mic) jack and for whatever reason the speakers now work, even after inserting and removing from headphone jack.

The insert does not get that familiar click/tightness from the insert getting locked into the audio out jack, it's loose. The jack does cut off the speakers when insert is present though, no sound in the buds but there is electronic clicking as it is moved, but now when the insert is removed the speakers come back on. That is nice but an actual working jack would be better.

Thanks!

Robbie

applemacglory3
Jan 11, 2013, 07:25 PM
At first I was freaking out as I have installed Mountain Lion recently, and no longer have Apple Care. But then read this thread, and tried a few solutions. It worked for me with a q-tip. Had to strip the cotton a little to fit the hole. Then "Internal speakers" popped up instead of "Digital Out" Thanks y'all

sfslc50
Jan 12, 2013, 10:05 PM
I just returned from the Apple store to deal with an unrelated issue. While I was there, I informed them about the fact that I had no sound and a red light was showing out of my headphone jack. The Genius tried to use a headphone jack to try and fix the problem, but it didn't work. He said it was a "$500 hardware problem". I read here about using a Q-tip stick and voila, it worked!

Canuck Sailor
Feb 9, 2013, 03:22 AM
TA DAAAA! It works. And add one more to the count of those who have registered to say thank you. Now I can go to sleep.
I've sat here and read this forum, playing with various pokey things and cans of air, watching to see the red light, being totally frustrated....but this solution works. I may choose to just cut off a plug and leave it in their permanently, since it's such a pain to remember to bring along earbuds - I often use my MacBook away from home.
Thanks everyone....

My solution for "No Sound Output to MacBook Speakers" - Re-route Sound Input / Output

I have had this problem on my MacBook Pro, and tried EVERYTHING Apple & Forums suggested - SMC reset, PRAM reset. Apple advised me to send it in for servicing. Since it isn't covered by warranty, I didn't want to do that.

If you do not want to pay Apple to fix your MacBook optical sound jack hardware, you can overcome the problem with this procedure I came up with myself, which overcomes the hardware failure caused by the headphone jack optical sensor thinking something is plugged in there when there isn't.

Ironically, this solution requires a jack be inserted into the headphone jack. Annoying, but workable and free.

Step 1. Plug headphones in (don’t worry, you won’t use them)
Step 2. Change System Preferences -> Sound -> Change Internal Speakers to an Input!
Step 3. Done!

Obviously when you do want to use the headphones, you must revert this setting! ;)

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missline
Feb 16, 2013, 04:04 AM
I had this exact problem with the speakers not working and the red light in the headphone jack... So naturally, I googled the problem and fell upon this forum. Thank you so much! I plugged my headphones back in and wiggled them slowly as I took them out again and the red light went away! Even better, my external speakers work again! Thanks so much!

tipaz1
Apr 30, 2013, 05:33 AM
After using headphones in my 2007 MacBook, I lost sound from the internal speakers. I visited my local Apple Store's Genius Bar where I was informed the logic board would need replacing at a cost of £400 ($600), or I would have to purchase speakers. Reluctant to do either, I came across the match stick fix and after 5 minutes of pushing a match stick in and swivelling it around the sound returned. Thanks!

phillesturd
Jul 2, 2013, 08:39 PM
I have a similar problem with my (2008) MacBook, however, it does not work with or without headphones. (Please excuse me if this has already been answered, there are quite a lot of replies and I didn't bother to read them all.)

maman
Sep 8, 2013, 11:46 PM
peahaps you can push it.:D

SamLamb7
Sep 15, 2013, 10:28 PM
I had the exact same problem, tried poking it with a toothpick, all that did was leave wood shavings in the jack. What finally worked was that I pulled the rubber ends off of a bobby pin, took needle-nosed pliers and bent a very small acute angle in the end (probably about an eight of an inch bend at the top) and inserted it into the jack. After that I hooked it behind the contact at 3 o'clock and pulled to the left and outward to create tension. After several tries I pressed my volume up button to be surprised with the familiar sound from my speakers! Give it a shot! Much better than jamming something into your jack and risking screwing it up worse.:)

meme1255
Sep 29, 2013, 07:49 AM
I have the same problem, but even analog output (headphones) isn't recognized anymore :(:mad:

IMPie
Oct 20, 2013, 04:42 PM
Hi everybody, just another guy who did it and registered just to thank everybody and to tell you how I did it.

I had no sound from internal speakers, red light, impossibility to turn up or down volume, everything stuck on digital output.

I had tried toothpick and a couple of other things (PRAM reset, SDC reset...), but the thing didn't seem to be software related. I got really frustrated as I tried a lot with different things, plus I wasn't really sure which was the right metal clip to jiggle.

At last what did it was a safety pin, with bent point (approx 1/1,5mm) that had to go under the metal clip. Here it is:

http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/9035/qj4a.jpg

So my theory is that whenever you insert an actual digital audio cable (that goes deeper than the normal jack), the switch is pushed out of the hole, thus giving the computer signal to switch to digital output. So for whatever reason your switch got stuck on 'external position' and you need to pull it back in.

The metal clip is positioned on the right part (3 o'clock, as someone said), considering the computer normally laying with the keyboard on the upper part. The way I did it is trying to get the bent part of the pin under the metal clip, to pull it in. I actually only got it on the edge of the metal clip, but the friction was enough to slightly pull the clip towards the inside of the jack hole. I tried to do it using the lower edge of the clip but didn't manage, then I tried the upper part and after a few minutes of trying, it finally worked. Red LED turned off and music started playing.
Here's a drawing I made to explain this:

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/6746/pgk7.jpg

I suggest that you do this with the computer on and music playing (like iTunes), so that you immediately see if you did it.

mbrowne
Dec 7, 2013, 01:08 PM
I was able to fix it by doing an SMC reset, as described here (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3912113?start=0&tstart=0), or at least I think that's what fixed it... it didn't actually work right away, so I thought it hadn't helped, but a couple hours later it started working again.

It's possible it may have actually been fixed because it went to sleep for the first time since the issue started, and it started working again when the computer woke up. I think I may have left the speaker cord plugged in the previous time the computer went to sleep ("deep sleep", actually - I use a free program that puts the computer into deep sleep, known in the PC world as hibernating), so I'm thinking that may have had something to do with it.

Alpha5
Jan 2, 2014, 05:05 PM
I suggest that you do this with the computer on and music playing (like iTunes), so that you immediately see if you did it.


I've had this problem for 3 years and tried everything. This post is the first one that's worked for me. It's like being deaf for 3 years and suddenly hearing again. Thanks.

Trick now is to keep it in this state after the next time I need to use headphones.