headphone jack glows red in WINXP, not OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tehdee, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. tehdee macrumors member

    May 7, 2006
    last nite, was running bootcamp, and realized that my headphone jack emits a red glow (similar to an optical out glow) when in xp, but not os x.

    anyone care to offer any insights?
  2. andrewheard macrumors regular

    May 16, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    It isn't similar to an optical out glow....it is an optical out glow. If you search for this topic then you will find lots of posts with the solution.
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    As said, if you find it annoying, there are solutions, but basically XP is keeping the optical output hiding in your headphone port on all the time, while OSX doesn't unless you're using it (I think). It's not harmful in any way, regardless.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    It's like Balmer says...Media Player 11 is just so hot....not.
  5. g0gie macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    its the optical output of your sound card. If you want to disable it in winxp you have to do it in the audio controls in the control panel. You just turne SPDIF off.

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