Curiosity Killed the Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Laurencia7, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2009
    Or so I am thinking.

    I randomly switch between my headphones and my laptop speakers in my Macbook ..but recently I have noticed (even when no sound is coming out of any program) that the speakers will not boot when I remove my headphones from the jack.

    Also, a small red light glows from inside the jack. And the volume level goes to mute or blank white.

    Can anyone tell me why this happens, is it just me, and how I can prevent it?

    Humbly Yours,
  2. macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    The speakers won't boot? :confused:

    From what I gather, it sounds like your Mac thinks that the headphones are still plugged into the Mac.
  3. macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    There is actually some sort of switch in the jack causing the red light. I don't know much more than that. I'm sure someone will be along shortly with more details... ;) :)
  4. macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    The red light being on means the computer thinks the jack is occupied, and is transmitting the optical audio signal through the jack.

    If you take a thin wooden toothpick or bobby pin, you may be able to pop the little switch in there to get it back to the "unoccupied" position. Reading around tells me to aim for the left side of the port, unless that's changed since the last gen of MacBookPro. You can also try tapping under the port as you do this to help jostle the trigger.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    take your headphones and plug them in and out until no red light
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks so much guys, will try all.
    And so fast...this brd kicks ass.

    Thanks again

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