Volume on permanent mute

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by cfs, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Hi Forum,

    Can someone explain to me how to get sound back on my mac. It seems to be permanently grayed out. Can't fix it going into system preferences.

    I'm confused.


  2. iphonesrq macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2007
  3. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    Check the entries in the Audio section of the System Profiler. What do you see there?
  4. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    I'll check both your suggestions out later and post.


    Hi. Not sure why but when i turned my ibook g4 on the volume is not greyed out anymore as it has been for 2 weeks.

  5. ChaosAngel macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2005
    Depending on your Mac type it is a common fault.

    To resolve quickly plugin and remove some headphones. You may need to complete this process multiple times. This will trigger your sound to return.

    Please note simply re-booting will not return your sound.

    Hope it helps, always does the trick on my MBP.
  6. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I ahd this problem a week or two ago and it is now reoccurring. Look into your headphone jack and see if there is a red light on. If so then the trigger that tells the computer whether the headphones are plugged in or not is stuck. Do as stated above and plug in and unplug your headphones a few times. I find it helpful to do this at a slight upward angle so the tip of the headphones plug run across the top of the "jack canal".
  7. comptonasstroy macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    regarding to the muting situation

    hey there,
    i stumbled upon this site while googling the related issue concerning the volume commands on my imac.

    i too was having a problem not being able to un-mute the computer. the f10, f11, and f12 buttons were all unresponsive with the volume display repeatedly showing the "muted" indication. i personally use a different output source other than the built in speakers. for some reason, this causes the conflict. a simple fix is to go to your computer system preferences and switch your sound output back to the built in speakers. only then can you unmute and adjust the volume from your computer itself. then simply switch your system output back to your interface or speakers etc.

    ..or at least this was my solution.

    i've only been using macs for about two weeks now and was never that computer savvy to begin with. this is probably a no brainer for some people.

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