Mac Mini stuck on mute

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macapple263, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. macapple263 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2010
    A few days ago I noticed that my mac mini was on mute so I tried the shortcut keys on my key board and they don't do anything so I go to system
    preferences > sound and it shows the mute check box checked and grayed out and above in the drop-down box where you are suppose to select what the audio sources is, is empty it used to say internal speakers, line in, and line out.:( (It is a mac mini 2006 if that will help figure out the problem)
  2. pokeyjoe macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    From one of the links in this forum:

    Resetting the PRAM
    From Mac Guides

    This is a common Mac troubleshooting procedure, and fixes a multitude of software and hardware problems.

    'PRAM' stands for 'Parameter RAM', and contains the following stored information:

    * Display and video settings such as refresh rate, screen resolution, number of colors
    * Time zone setting
    * Startup volume choice
    * Speaker volume
    * Recent kernel panic information, if any
    * DVD region setting

    Note: Mac OS X stores your preselected DVD region choice in PRAM for easy access. Resetting PRAM does not change the DVD region on the optical drive.

    You will not lose any data stored on your Mac's drives, and system and application preferences besides the above will remain intact.
    How to Reset your PRAM

    1. Reboot your Mac
    2. Hold down Command (Apple) - Option (Alt) - P - R
    3. When you have heard the chime for the second time, release the keys and the Mac will boot as normal
    4. Once your operating system has loaded, you may need to verify your time zone, startup volume, and volume settings using System Preferences.
  3. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I had this problem, all my input/output sources were missing, turned out to be a disconnected ribbon cable inside the machine. I'm not sure how this could happen if you didn't open it up or do anything, but reseating this cable worked for me.
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    reseteing pram should bring it back , if its software related ,
    if its hardware
    its will be be a loose wire
  5. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    my MBP does this sometimes when I am booting back and forth to windows. The optical/analog headphone input jack can get stuck on the opposite of what you want. Easy fix for me is to unplug and plug in the headphone cable and it fixes itself.
  6. Farrs44 macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2012
    Possible fix for stuck on mute problem

    Hi, this post may be too late for the OP but may assist anyone out there searching this problem on Google. I have had this problem also on my Intel 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini. I have tried some of the software solutions such as zapping PRAM, etc. But in my experience the fix that works is to open your Mac Mini and unseat and then reseat the orange Foxconn ribbon audio cable where it connects from the Mini's audio board to what I assume is the main circuit board. Then when you reassemble and turn on your Mac, audio will be back.

    My theory is that unplugging and re-plugging USB and audio cables on the back of the Mini near the audio board eventually loosens that ribbon cable and causes the audio to stop working and the volume control to become grayed out. My latest attempt at a permanent solution is to have USB and analog 2.5mm stereo audio 'extender' cables plugged in on the back of my Mini, which loop forwards over the top of the Mini where they are all taped down securely. This allows me to plug and unplug cables without ever disturbing the actual USB and audio ports on the back of the Mini around the audio port. It is a somewhat ugly solution but seems to be working so far.
  7. mhikl macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2008
    Calgary, Great White North
    Mute on Mac mini probs

    Thanks Farrs44. Your answer seems plausible so will be taking my mini (late 2012) to the Apple store.
    I was using pram reset but found had to do it regularly . Now the pram thing / restart does not work but sends me to that special disk for checking parameters and repairs. This pram/repair disk does/did work but just now, after going there (not by choice) the mute is back on. It messes the screen.

    I have been telling the Apple store that this is "another" bad Friday mac, like my old Mac Book 2007 fall edition which haunted me till it finally died causing me to get this second lemon. I will be raging when I go in tomorrow but if history serves me well, I will not have satisfaction and will be in 'heck' until I get rid of this dog.

    All my others Macs and the lab I ran in a school for three years had no such difficulties though the the native language gals had troubles with three 6400s (pre the return of Steve) that no amount of reinstalling of systems ever fixed.

    Pretty good track record actually but now luck seems to have taken a vacation.


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