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Is my headphone jack officially dead?

249 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Apr 10, 2013 6:22 PM by Mike Sombrio RSS
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Apr 10, 2013 6:59 AM

Backstory: I'm running a mid 2007 black Macbook on 10.7.5. 


A few weeks back I partitioned my hard drive (without bootcamp due to there already being 2 partitions) so that I could install windows.  At this point, everything was working fine.  After installing windows, I noticed that the red optical light was staying on while running windows.  After about an hour of this, I decided to install all the windows drivers off the bootcamp drivers disk (created through bootcamp) and the light went out.  The next time I logged back into OSX, there was no volume out of the headphone port.  The internal speakers work fine, but when plugging in any set of headphones, I can control the volume (not stuck in optical mode) but no sound comes out. Headphones still seem to make solid contact inside the port, and I can hear a slight pulse in the headphones when pluggin them in, signifying that they are connected. 


So far I've reset the SMC and PRAM, and when those didn't fix the problem, I did a full wipe on the hard drive and started again from scratch.  After re-installing OSX, the problem still persists.  Since then, I've loaded windows back on, and the internal speakers work in windows as well, but not the headphone jack.  I'm thinking this is a hardware problem at this point. 


Can anyone think of something else I can try to get this working?  Any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated.



MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,090 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to dankdirtybird)

    Several peope have had success plugging and unplugging the headphone jack 20-30 times trying to free up the stuck switch inside the port. Others have used a non conductive probe like a toothpick to reset te switch but I would be really careful doing that.


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