touchy contact from headphone jack

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Al Legator, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Al Legator macrumors newbie

    Al Legator

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    Waterloo , Ontario, Canada
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    Hello- I feel a bit like an interloper here. I don't own a Mac. But many of the Professors our Dept. at the University I work at do have them. Mostly Powerbook I think.

    I also know this is a real long shot but here's the problem: Profs come in to one of about 80 rooms and display their laptops on data projectors. Seldom is there a problem there. But several of them have trouble getting audio to play when they insert the 3.5mm stereo plug we provide into the Mac's headphone jack. It's not that the mac doesn't play the sound- just that the contact between the plug (male) that we provide and the (female) headphone jack seems a bit dicey. We've replaced the cable/male connector 3 or 4 times and no-one with a PC has ever reported this problem. Our test equipment has no problem. It just seems to be Macs which appear to have just the tiniest bit of "play" in the headphone jack.

    Have any of you Mac users experienced anything like this when plugging anything into the headphone jack? There'd be no contact or scratchy contact. If so, does Apple use a non-standard 3.5mm plug? Any insight woudl be welcome!
    Thanks.
     
  2. andintroducing macrumors newbie

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    Yes, many people in the Apple support area have noted this with the new unibody machines. They seem especially sensitive, even more so than the last set of Apple notebooks.
     
  3. Object-X macrumors 6502a

    Object-X

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    I took my new MBP into an Apple Store today and they refused to do anything about it. They claimed that nothing was wrong with it. I stated my old MBP didn't have the problem and we tried one of theirs. The Apple genius admitted that the old MBP's connector was tighter, but we tried all their new MBP floor models and they all were loose.

    I didn't see the point of returning it just to get another one with the same problem. Still, it's annoying that the thing is so loose and moving your computer can cause it to cut out.
     

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