iMac audio died; will external sound card work?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EmilyED, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. EmilyED macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody, my iMac's (2011) audio died. The internal speakers don't show up in system preferences, and the headphone jack doesn't output anything either. I tried a clean install and that didn't work.

    I was wondering if an external sound card like this would work:

    http://au.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-play-2

    If not, does anybody know what I can do to get audio again on the computer? I don't wan't to spend a whole lot of money because I'll be buying a new iMac the second Apple updates them. Thanks. :)
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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  3. EmilyED thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I'll buy one and hopefully my audio troubles will be over. :)
     
  4. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816

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    Any chance a mike or headphone jack has broken off inside?
     
  5. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    One time I *have* seen this, is if something non-metallic (i.e. a piece of fluff) is stuck in the headphone jack, and it thinks there's an optical audio cable inserted (the way it works is metallic = analogue, non-metallic = optical). Is there a red light shining out of the back of the headphone jack?

    If so, there may be something in there - can of compressed air might do it.

    Otherwise, have you tried a PRAM + SMC reset? It's highly unusual for the onboard audio to fail. Never seen an actual hardware failure that caused loss of audio like that.
     
  6. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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  7. fastlanephil macrumors 65816

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    I see that there is only one seller for that product on Amazon and it doesn't look promising. I checked out the Turtle Beach web site and they are showing only headphones for products.

    Behringer makes a inexpensive USB audio interface.
     
  8. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Well, that makes sense. I did buy that one a while ago. Turtle Beach probably has a newer model now. I've always liked their stuff.
     

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