New Speakers Aren't Detected in System Preferences

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Yeti60, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Yeti60 macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    I just plugged in a new set of Bose speakers into my MacBook; they aren't being detected by system preferences. The sound continues to come from the internal speakers and that is the only item listed on the output section of the sound menu under system preferences. Any suggestions on what to do to get my speakers to work. I am fairly confidant that it is not a speaker issue but a computer issue.
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    What kind of MacBook is it? Are your other Audio Outputs grayed out, or just not there?
  3. Yeti60 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    Under audio output the only thing listed are the internal speakers.
  4. Yeti60 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    Yeah the speakers work fine... I tried them with my iPod - no troubles.

    Its got to be a setting on the MacBook that I need to change.
  5. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
  6. Yeti60 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    OK problem solved... I'm an idiot, I just plugged things in incorrectly.

    NEVERMIND! :eek:
  7. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    My thoughts (go down in order until your problem is solved):
    - Did you plug the speakers into the line out and not the microphone? The microphone port is farther back on the machine.
    - Try restarting your machine. You'd be surprised how often this fixes things.
    - Try another set of speakers or headphones in your MB. If they don't work either, the problem is your MacBook.
    - Go to the Apple store. They fix stuff there.

    EDIT: You posted while I was writing, but go figure the problem was number one. ;)

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