With the UCA I can playback 24 bit Khz files direct to the Phantom Gold Speaker without any loss in quality which always happens when you stream over the air.
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Did a quick google search and came across your site. The fix worked exactly as you described Joe. This didn't work for me.
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I unplugged the headphones and it set itself back to optical. IT2's solution did not work either. I just fixed the problem, after none of the above worked, by just plugging in and unplugging the headphones like 15 times. If I pull out headphones, yes, it changes to digital out, but then the icon greys out again and I am once again unable to alter the sound levels. However, I am please that I can at least use headphones or speakers cuz I am currently deep in a rustic cabin deep in the rainforest and my laptop is my sole amusement once the sun goes down.
I will try someone else's suggestion of plugging and unplugging the external speakers fifteen times next as that was what was last plugged in. Thanks so much for putting this up. I would have never been able to work that out! Thanks again. None of these worked for me, but eventually I jammed a plastic tube the inside of a pen into the socket and rotated counterclockwise. After a few tries it worked! Definitely a stuck switch.
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Saddly, It didn't work! Help me! This has been annoying me for a few days now and with your advice, YOU fixed it for me in less than a minute!
However the Toothpick trick DID work!! I thank you so much for this link! Thank you so much. Your help was unbelievably perfect.
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Now I can play my music. Thank you for your excellent help!!!! I am so happy!
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Fiddled with it for ages! And the only way I could find this was by print screening the mute sign and using google image search! A fix: after a lot of fiddling with no success, I discovered that when I plugged into the sound output with headphones and changed my sound settings to use audio port for sound INPUT, the internal speakers kick in.
Had an old set of bad headphones, cut off the jack, and used that jack plugged in, with the INPUT setting, and get speakers to work. Or buy a jack at Radio Shack for a few bucks if you have no defective phones laying around? Good luck! I had to try a couple of different times, paused the music, then unplugged the headphones, but it did finally work! Thanks so much! I followed the rules and it didn't work.
I did a slight variation in that whilst the song was playing in i-tunes i pulled the headphones out and it then started to play through my internal speakers again! I am happy camper once again! Thank you SO much. So helpful. I spent 10 minutes sticking toothpicks in my headphone jack.
This worked for me, eventually, but had two do it twice. Failing for you? Try it thrice. Thanks you very much, i had been trying to fix this problem two months ago, now it is fixed You're awesome. I was just about to give up and schedule an appointment at an Apple Store. You just saved me a like 4hrs.
Had no idea where to start trying to fix this problem! Thanks again bro'! Thank you! Why is this working to everyone but me? I tried, I failed, I tried again, repeated those steps a few times, and boom!
Just to say thank you! People if this solution isn't working on its own, please try it again and then restart your comp, restart hadn't worked before but after this, magic!!!!
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Your a star, ta!! This trick didn't work from me.
On another web forum though I found a trick were you use a tooth pick and it didn't work either. I decided to try with the end of a bobby pin and I put both chunks at the end of the bobby pin in. It worked after turning it counter clockwise a few times. I got scared because it wasnt working.. LOL thanks :. Had to do this a few times for it to work but it is back on - Thank you!! Mine had a bit of dust over the optical sensor so this didn't work. You'll be happy to note that I didn't even need a proper jack.. I was stuck on mute with the red light, put the inside of an old biro in since it was sitting near..
Hi, sorry to see so many people have this problem - the problem two fold - cheap parts and bad engineering.