3 Replies Latest reply: May 27, 2006 10:22 AM by theflyingbeagle
theflyingbeagle Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I have now tried two sets of external speakers on my imac and neither of them work. They work on other computers.

the one I have just bought are the soundsticks II

I plu the line into the port on the back for the headphones. They do not work. I have gone to the sound part of preferences as help said I have to select the headphones as the output however all that is there is internal speakers and this is selected. Is this why they are not working?

any help appreciated.



intel iMac 20inch 2.0ghz 20gb RAM 500gb HD 256mb GC, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Tom Petro-Roy Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    For me, in the Sound preference panel, if I click on the "Output" button, the only selection is "Internal Speakers" on the "Built-In Output" port. However, whenever I plug in a mini-stereo plug into the headphone jack (the one closest to the edge of the iMac), the name changes to "Line Out". I tried it with headphones, external speakers and even just a plug connected to nothing and it all works the same.

    Are you sure that you're plugging into the right jack?

    20" iMac Core Duo 2 GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   1.5G RAM
  • Solid Level 5 Level 5 (4,370 points)
    My sound preferences panel works the same way as Tom describes. I get flawless sound plugging in my external speaker's minijack into the headphones port on my iMac.

    Worst case scenario, you could get a relatively inexpensive iMic and your speakers will work through USB:


    iMac G5, PB 15 FW800, iBook G4, G4 Cube, Buncha iPods   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • theflyingbeagle Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks Guys,

    even though I had rebooted before. I rebooted again and now everything is working fine.

    Thanks for your help though.