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nickmooney Level 1 (0 points)

Good morning.


I've got an 5,1 model MacBook Pro (aluminium unibody) 4gb RAM, 2.4GHz Core2Duo and it's been working fine up until yesterday when I installed the 10.6.8 Snow Leopard update.


Since then I get no sound through earphones or through the internal speakers.


If I ALT+Click the speaker icon I get two outputs:


Soundflower (2ch)

Soundflower (16ch)


I've no idea what Soundflower is, and a spotlight search just shows up sound.log which refers to


6/23 18:54:29.163  => WoW Version 4.1.0 (14007) Apr 29 2011


So that looks like World of Warcraft (just started WoW and logged in, turned sound off, turned sound on and no sound from WoW either)


Looking at the log in the console and narrowing it down to Soundflower I see:


6/25 10:50:02.974   --- [1] Soundflower (2ch)

6/25 10:50:02.976   --- [2] Soundflower (16ch)

6/25 10:50:02.980  ** Using Driver [0] System Default (Soundflower (2ch))


Anyway, I can get no sound in anything since 10.6.8!


Any ideas?

MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • springbank3 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi all


    similar issue, after update to 10.6.8 have lost speaker icon completely plus macbook pro (2009) now really slow to shutdown and restart.  Have tried PRAM restart, new account set up but now joy.  all was fine before this.


    any help please?

  • nickmooney Level 1 (0 points)

    I rebooted out of frustration and then ran Software Update again to find... another 10.6.8 update.


    I downloaded and installed it (again?) and now "Internal Speakers" are back as an output when I ALT+Click the volume bar.


    And I've got sound again!

  • eMac SuperDrive Level 1 (25 points)

    I have no answer for this as in the same boat just that I have a 24Inch iMac and that I can only play 5.1 surround. Major bug in 10.6.8 and it looks like the bug guns won't fix this until the release of 10.7 (Lion) later this month

  • scottiefromsan francisco Level 1 (0 points)

    Had the same problem - fixed it by holding the the alt key and the greyed out speaker icon [top right on tool bar, few icons left of magnifying glass] together. At the drop down saw that 'internal speaker' under output device was greyed out - so selected it. Sound works fine now on all apps.

  • eMac SuperDrive Level 1 (25 points)

    The 10.6.8 "AppleHDA.kext" file is buggy; it can not decide between 2ch or 5.1ch, it picks surround for most parts. If you still have sound problems then try this;



    This worked for me but don't replace the "AppleHDA.kext" extension delete it first then follow the instructions.

  • TStam Level 1 (75 points)

    The same problem happened to me after upgrading to Lion, just like what happened with 10.6.8. I was scared to do this, but I backed up and replaced the AppleHDA.kext with the one from 10.6.7 Snow Leopard and all is well again.

  • Mr. Dustin Level 1 (0 points)

    Happened to me too.  No listing for Internal speaker after updating and upgrading.  Headphones work, but only digital out was listed when not plugged.


    To fix it, I tried it all...  replace AppleHDA.kext, reset smc, reset pram, installed voodooHDA, retored original....  nothing worked.... and nothing I could find in anyone's issues worked, and upgrading to OSX Lion did not solve it....


    Why?  I just found the solution and it was a hardware problem...... (That perhaps pre 10.6.8 ignored?)


    The usual reason for this problem is that a microswitch in the headphone socket has got stuck.  You can confirm this by looking into the headphone socket - if you can see a red light, then the switch is stuck.


    The solution is plug and unplug some headphones into the socket 20-30 times.  If that doesn't work, then use a non-conducting probe to reach into the socket and gently release the switch.


    I had the red light and now realize only digital out was listed because my MBP thought something was plugged into it...



  • eMac SuperDrive Level 1 (25 points)

    Just wondering if the recent update of 10.6.8 has fixed your issue?

  • HandofOz Level 1 (0 points)

    If you are frustrated with no sound and already had 10.6.8 before upgrading to Lion but your sound is still not working - no joke - keep plugging your headphones in and out and just keep rebooting.


    I had to reboot at least 4 times including installation and on the last reboot the white screen hung for quite a while, I thought it was freezing but it came through.  This upgrade was a shocker from Apple, whoa..  Can't say it was smooth like usual with Apple, but Lion does have serious potential.


    It's crazy though, I have to relearn everything and it took a while to set up the settings to where I could even maneuveur around... It's still weird but I'll keep an open mind, I know Apple will keep tweaking it.


    Customizing "Gestures" is too restricted i.e., "Launchpad" is so awesome but I wish I could make another gesture for it. "Mission Control" sounds real sillly, by the way, for Apple, that is.


    Thankfully this post was here to keep me motivated and not frustrated but seriously, plug it in and out a lot, keep checking your Audi/Midi setup and rebooting. It works.

  • packetman Level 1 (0 points)

    Oddly enough this fixed mine.  Just plugged in set of headphones.  Made sure the sound was working.  Unplugged them and it was fixed.

  • kenny+k Level 1 (0 points)

    Another confirmation: inserted and removed the headphones from the jack about 4 times, and "Internal Speakers" reappeared! Silly hardware switches!

  • jonpaul Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, I tried EVERYTHING.


    Trust Me.


    I even did the downgrading to the 10.6.7 HDA.





    1. Download and install the 10.6.8 Supplemental Update from Apple (link below).




    2. Once the update is installed, and the system has restarted, type "Disk Utility" into Spotlight, press enter to launch it, and select your hard drive on the left. Then click "Repair Disk Permissions." (This step may or may not be necessary, but is a good idea in case there are discrepancies from the update).


    3. Once the utility is finished, plug in some headphones. Then, press the Option key and click on the speaker icon in the menu bar.


    4. Click the Headphones option under the "Output Device" section. You should get sound.

    Unplug the headphones and ensure that the audio is not muted. You should now also get sound through your speakers.



    THIS WILL WORK. DO NOT MESS WITH VOODOO, etc. I hear that will just cause kernel panics.



    If you still have problems, try resetting the PRAM by simply shutting down the computer. Hold Command+Option+P+R before the gray screen appears. Hold it until you hear the tone a second time, then release.

  • MacBuddy4ever Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks jonpaul!


    Tried everything and this solved my issue. Installation was flawless and sound returned even during installation.

    It didn't solve my original problem, which was the absence of audio when connect my MacBook Pro with a digital optical toslink cable to my Pioneer VSX1021. Analog audio from my MacBook Pro was restored though, along with the sound through my internal speakers after the installation.

    Still looking to find a solution for the digital optical audio out poblems which seem a lot of people have after upgrading to 10.6.8.

    If anybody has a solution for it, please add it here. Thx!

  • dgotmadskilz Level 1 (0 points)

    My problem was I got sound from the internal speakers but not from the Output Audio Port for my external speakers and headphones. 


    After reading jonpaul's post, I downloaded installed the 10.6.8 Supplemental Update from the link  When I checked the Sound in System Preferences (Option key and click on the speaker icon in the menu bar, Sound Preferences...) I noticed the output volume at the bottom had the mute box checked. 


    When I updated to 10.6.8. the mute box may have been checked by default.  I might have not even needed to install the Supplemental Update at all.  If you had the same issue,  that could be the first thing you check before installing the Update.  If not, just follow his instructions; very well written out and easy to follow. 

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