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iBook G4 speaker balance

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sbluetruck, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular


    it seems like every few times i start the computer the balance of the speakers changes from the middle to left or right output. it's not a big big deal, but quite inconvenient. what could be causing this probelm?

  2. macrumors regular


    could it be a software issue?
  3. macrumors 68020

    mine is doing the same.
  4. macrumors 603

    It's a bug with some of the G4s. Apple never resolved it and I doubt they will now seeing as the G4 is so old.
  5. macrumors 68020

    so old! mine's only two years old. and it's only started doing it in the last few weeks.
  6. macrumors 603

    that's old in the computer industry
  7. macrumors regular


    my 14 year old power mac doesn't do this........

    this is a real bummer and i wonder if there is a software fix out there somewhere...
  8. Guest


    :mad:at happened to me too:confused::confused:
  9. Guest


    thats an old power mac
  10. macrumors regular


    i was being sarcasting... that thing is awsome :D

    is this an issue with many iBook G4's or just a select few?
    if it is a major issue, how come Apple has done nothing about it??
  11. macrumors newbie

    When you say the balance changes, do you mean the software balance found in the control panel?

    My right iBook speaker seems to have died on me :/ Yesterday it just suddenly went quiet and after having restarted the computer it stays quiet. The software balance found in the control panel is in the center and with earphones connected it's fine, so I guess the speaker is really dead :mad:

    Anyone experienced this before? I checked ifixit.com and it seems hard to disassemble the iBook enough to be able to get at the speakers. Anyone have any tips on how to "revive" speakers without actually replacing them? :)
  12. macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    My Powerbook G4's speaker balance also changes randomly.

    Quite annoying.

    Unfortunately, I've given up on Apple fixing this issue. It's been happening for a long time...
  13. macrumors 6502a


    My wife's does it too. Always has, and now, I guess, it always will.
  14. macrumors 68020

    my ibook g4 has now played four songs in a row without the right speaker working intermittently (it had previously stopped moving the balance display in the control panel and ceasing playing sound from the right speaker and instead just had the right speaker going on and off).

    perhaps the recent change to 10.5.4 has solved the problem.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    i have imac g4 running 10.4.11, every few days balance changes to a left bias.. so its still an ongoing issue.. and its very annoying
  16. macrumors 65816

    I guess it could be a loose connection. Have you tried a PRAM/NVRAM reset? That might fix the issue.

    A few weeks ago, my Beige G3 started having very unbalanced audio. I thought the L output of the speaker had died... but then I listened and I could hear it very faintly. Checked connections, everything was normal... so I replaced it with another Beige speaker, hoping it was a speaker issue and not a problem with the logic board.

    Turns out neither were problematic... I had it set way to the right in the Sound Control Panel. Put back the old speakers since apparently they made different versions of em and my old one was better.

    So yeah, have you checked the Sound Control Panel? Had to select "Built-in audio controller- internal speaker" and then fix the balance.

    Hope some of this helps.

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