Is it possible to use the Macbook Line in as a Line out?


macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 3, 2009
My line out port on my late 2007 white macbook recently died and I no longer have AppleCare. I never use the line in port on my computer and use the line out quite alot. I have tried all kinds of fixes to fix the problem but nothing works. I would like to use the line in port as a line out port. I am not sure if this is possible so I thought I would ask here if anyone knew of a way.


macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
Not possible. They do completely different things. Line in is for a microphone. Line out is for headphones/speakers.


macrumors 6502
Feb 5, 2008
Battle Ground
Not possible, while the analog line out might be broken the digital out might still work, as long as you have a device that can receive a digital signal.

If you need analog you are going to need to get a usb sound device/card. Most generic USB devices work in OS X without any issue.
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