Audio- headphone not recognized, must sleep and wake while plugged in?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mathlete123, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. mathlete123 macrumors member

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    My Early 2009 aluminum macbook does not recognize headphones. when i plug in, noise continues to play through the speakers. When I sleep and wake it, the headphones are recognized. I am not sure about the other way around, but this is getting to be supremely annoying. Any ideas?
     
  2. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    Contact Apple and they will likely replace it for you. Back up your data, first.
     
  3. mathlete123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Uggh really?
    I dont have an external HD, I guess ill have to get one. The headphones do work after sleep and wake though. And the speakers work without sleep after unplugging headphones. Any idea why? (as in, what part is failing?)
    Ill talk to my parents about a trip to the apple store....
     
  4. soms macrumors 6502

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    Look through the sound settings, I kind of doubt its hardware related, as you say it still works if you sleep/whatever.

    Make sure something isn't checked to mute headphones.
     
  5. mathlete123 thread starter macrumors member

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    There is no mute headphones, etc. sound setting. with the headphones plugged in, it says "Output: Internal speakers" and no headphones are listed
     
  6. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    It could go either way... When your computer comes back from sleep, it has to reinitialize the hardware. If it detects the headphones when coming out of sleep but not when you plug them in, it could be that the hardware isn't reporting properly when the computer is awake. On the flip side, it's a software-controlled system these days, so the software might not be handling the request properly.

    Either way, it's in warranty, and you should get a back up drive, whether you take it in or not. Trust me, I lost everything I ever typed from grade nine on when the hard drive in file-server PC failed two years ago.
     
  7. mathlete123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, i got applecare so its always under warranty for a while now.
     
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