I know that similar things have been posted on here before but I was hoping that maybe something new was discovered. So here is the deal: I broke my headphones off in my macbook. So now it won't allow me to use the speakers and in preferences digital out is the only output available. I have tried to remove the broken piece but to no avail. I have not taken apart the computer because I didn't want to go that far. I have tried downloading a few apps to switch it but apparently they just pulll from preferences because they gave me the same options. I have heard this is a hardware issue so it can't be fixed. Which makes me wonder why the startup chime still comes through the speakers. But not only that. I installed bootcamp after and Windows 7. I started up windows and the speakers work perfectly in windows, so apparently the software running in windows is smarter than the mac, or something. It detects there are no headphones I guess cause I didn't even force it to use speakers, which you can do in windows because the option never goes away. Does anyone have any ideas how to get around this. Right now I have to use USB headphones to get any sound while using the mac os. I wonder if upgrading from lion to mountain lion might fix it because I have a free upgrade voucher through my school.