Glowing Audio Port

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  1. jellomizer macrumors 6502

    jellomizer

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    This is something I found when I was installing Vista on my MacBook Pro, The audio port, for headphones was glowing Red. Until Vista Installed the Audio Drivers. I am assuming it is an issue when there is an error in audio it lights up. But is there a way to say have it turn on with the keyboard lights. It looked really cool with it on.
     
  2. frostrambler macrumors member

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    Thats optical out, vista turns it on by default, its not a light for errors. The drivers turned it off.
     
  3. jellomizer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way in OS X to turn that on?
     
  4. DizzyRose macrumors regular

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    It only shows if the sound is not properly installed. Unless you uninstall the drivers and have no sound, you won't get the small red light.
     
  5. Type121 macrumors regular

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    I don't believe so. The port senses what kind of connector is there and only enables optical out when needed.
     
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    You are literally seeing the (laser?) for the optical TOSLINK connection. You can often see the same thing out of the back of a DVD player optical output.

    Apple uses combination 1/8" minijack / optical outputs (which at least from my audio world is really, really bizarre)

    It shouldn't be a problem. The drivers should 'know' whether you are using it as an optical or 1/8" minijack and adjust accordingly.
     
  7. landis macrumors regular

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    if you buy a mini toslink adapter, you can insert just the metal part and it will glow red, although you will have no sound.
     

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