Mac Mini A1283 no sound output device detected

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by drkwtsn, May 26, 2014.

  1. drkwtsn macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Recently I put an SSD in my older mac mini to spring some life into it... I also went from 10.5.8 to Mavericks (old OS still on old HD)... after plugging it all back in I had no sound card recognized... I went and checked all the connections to the audio board and everything looks ok. I then retested and it still didnt work.

    I completely removed the ribbon cable to see if reseating it again would work and still nothing... I have then replaced the harddrive going back to 10.5.8 to see if mavericks was the problem... still no help

    Is it possible that I damaged the Audio Board in the process? I've taken this thing apart before so I know what I'm doing when taking it apart and I'm always careful. Is there anything else I should check? This is my HTPC so not having sound is sort of a deal breaker


  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Possible, yes. But even if you did, it's not really a big deal. Just plug in a USB audio device like this:
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    It is also possible the connector gets dirty or messed up. It has a combine optical/analog mini-jack audio out port. Try plugging in the other type (analog instead of optical, or the other way around) and see what happens.
  4. drkwtsn thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010
    thanks everyone

    no luck on the other device being plugged in... fairly sure the cards dead

    I ordered one of those usb cards, as well as a replacement audioboard (cheap)... both were relatively cheap and i really would rather have the audioboard in than a usb dongle... but decided to buy the dongle as well just incase the board didnt work.

    currently using my old MBP as my Media center pc, hah

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