Fix the audio input jack?

davidlv

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Apr 5, 2009
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I just realized the audio output jack on my MBP isn't working right, it produces a crackle loud enough to blast your ears and makes connecting an external speaker impossible. Up to now I had iTunes running on another Mac (legacy) so i hadn't even tried using the jack and didn't know about this.
Is it possible this can be fixed by opening up the MBP and tightening the jack or something, or is ths something I'd have to have Apple do? The closest Apple store is a good hour away by train and then there is a fair walk from the station too. So I would much rather try to fix it myself if it is possible.
 

hughes114

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Jul 29, 2011
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Same..

Same problems here on a 13" MBP, I think the headphone port is on the logic board so you would have to replace that. I'm going to go to the apple store when i get chance i will update you on what happens.
 

Sonhascome

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Feb 18, 2010
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Yea, unfortunately all of those ports except for the magsafe port are all part of the logic board. Thus it won't be a matter of just "tightening" it. The only option would be replacing the headphone jack, which you should be able to do. However, you might have to send it to a place that does component repairs
 

davidlv

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Thanks for the replies.
I think the problem is caused by faulty alignment or intermittent contact :eek:between the jack plug and the jack contacts. So your suggestion about replacing the jack may well work.
The other option is to buy some kind of bluetooth interface or a self-contained bluetooth speaker system. I assume these exist but I haven't started to seach for info on what's available on the market.
If it wasn't for this issue, I would give this MBP a 5-star rating :cool:, it has been absolutely reliable for more than 2 years now and it feels like it may last at least another 2 years.
 

hughes114

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Jul 29, 2011
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:d

I wen to the apple store and they replaced the logic board with no questions asked. Took no more than 1 hour, however it was only replaced because it was in warranty, out if warranty it would of cost me £326 (2.4GHz 2010 13" MBP).
 

ExnomenDei

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Mar 2, 2010
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First, did you try a different cable? Sometimes, it's as simple to fix as that.

Second, if you have Apple Care, I'd recommend fixing it. Yes, it takes three hours, but you can go watch a movie or two in the train. Or study. Or whatever.

Third, if you want to go the external route, the best option I think is out there is an Airport Express, and a program called Airfoil. It sends audio (system audio, not just one app, if needed) to the Airport Express. It's not the cheapest solution, but it works via Wifi and it's lossless.

Note that there is a two-second delay in the audio because of this. It doesn't work well for movies, and though Airfoil offers a movie player, I've had little success with it.
 
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