Internal speakers have 'disappeared' following upgrade

Matt T

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Dec 1, 2005
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I have a 27" mid-2011 iMac - today I upgraded it to 16GB RAM and added an SSD (in addition to the existing hard drive). The memory upgrade I performed myself but the SSD upgrade was done by a qualified tech.

Now my internal speakers no longer appear as an audio output device, instead I have a "digital out / optical digital-out port". I cannot adjust the volume (my menu bar volume icon is greyed out) and no sound plays either through the speakers or connected headphones once I login, however I hear the startup chime when I first turn it on, so this doesn't appear to be a hardware problem - it is perhaps a driver issue? Is there any way I can rectify this without reinstalling OS X? I plan to install Yosemite on the SSD once it's out but would prefer to wait rather than installing Mavericks on it first.

I have already tried resetting my SMC, resetting my PRAM a few times and also reinstalled the 10.9.4 combo update, but neither have resulted in any changes.

Thanks guys.
 

Matt T

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I don't understand how something the tech has done would only affect sound after startup - surely it would prevent the startup chime from playing too?

Regardless, it won't be a hardware issue - again, if there was physically something wrong with the logic board, speakers or cables it would not allow the startup chime to be played.
 

Kyle-K

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Matt T, My apologies missed this relevant information in your original post. My original train of thought was the tech may have left the speakers unplugged on logic board.

however I hear the startup chime when I first turn it on, so this doesn't appear to be a hardware problem - it is perhaps a driver issue?
There's also at least one other hardware thing we can try first. which now I reread your post sounds like it most likely is this.

Now my internal speakers no longer appear as an audio output device, instead I have a "digital out / optical digital-out port". I cannot adjust the volume (my menu bar volume icon is greyed out) and no sound plays either through the speakers or connected headphones once I login
Okay with the computer started up and logged in and running, look at the headphones Jack closely and see if you see a red light. It sounds like the optical digital output has been triggered. Which is very common in iMac models.

Edit: somewhat related link.
 
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FACADE

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Feb 1, 2010
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Can you select "internal speakers" when you press 'option + speaker icon' in the menu bar?
 

Matt T

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Dec 1, 2005
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There is no red light and no 'internal speakers' listed when option-clicking the speaker icon in the menu bar. I have also heard of a "toothpick trick" which involves using a toothpick to try and unstick a switch in the audio out port in case it thinks it has something connected to it - but still nothing.

I also tried reinstalling Mavericks anyway, but still no luck.

I'll be taking it back to the technician this week.
 

cajun2431

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Mar 9, 2015
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Verdict?

Matt,

I am having the same problem after installing an SSD in place of my stock hard drive. What did the tech say was not allowing the sound to play from internal speakers? I have an iMac 21.5 late 2013, but I'm sure it has to be because of the upgrade.
 

Matt T

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Dec 1, 2005
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I never got a proper explanation actually - when I asked what had caused it they kind of shrugged it off and said "it's ok it's fixed now". I suspect the technician who installed my SSD forgot to reconnect something and fixed it when I brought it back in, and they didn't want to admit their mistake.

Did you install the SSD yourself or have a technician do it? Perhaps it's a similar story for you?

And on a seperate note - holy mother of god, my iMac is absolutely *screaming* now with this SSD! Hard to believe I was without it for so long!
 

cajun2431

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Mar 9, 2015
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Matt,

I did the installation myself. I have re-traced my steps and carefully examined all connectors inside the iMac. I did notice last night when I plugged and unplugged headphones a few times slowly, I monitored the output and once or twice it would show internal speakers real quick then would go back to digital optical out once i completely unplugged the headphones. So, something is telling me it could be the headphone jack interface. I poked and prodded a bit with a toothpick but that didn't do anything. Also, I should note that when I plug in my headphones, I only get sound in one ear. (Not sure if this is valuable info or not)

I have reset PRAM about 80 times and have tried all the other recommended trouble shooting tips.

If anyone else has any ideas, please share. I am about to begin recording music and will attach studio monitors and I'm wondering if this will help or if the issue will hinder this too from working properly.:confused:
 

Penoy

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Jan 31, 2018
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Matt,

I did the installation myself. I have re-traced my steps and carefully examined all connectors inside the iMac. I did notice last night when I plugged and unplugged headphones a few times slowly, I monitored the output and once or twice it would show internal speakers real quick then would go back to digital optical out once i completely unplugged the headphones. So, something is telling me it could be the headphone jack interface. I poked and prodded a bit with a toothpick but that didn't do anything. Also, I should note that when I plug in my headphones, I only get sound in one ear. (Not sure if this is valuable info or not)

I have reset PRAM about 80 times and have tried all the other recommended trouble shooting tips.

If anyone else has any ideas, please share. I am about to begin recording music and will attach studio monitors and I'm wondering if this will help or if the issue will hinder this too from working properly.:confused:

I’m having the same problem you have. Did you solved it? If yes tell me how pls.!