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Sound heard with headphones not through speakers


sajeev

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I am unable to hear any sounds (system or audio) from my laptop speakers. However, I am able to hear sounds when using headphones (USB or regular) with Skype and some videos, but not with the large majority of Youtube videos. I am using Dell Inspiron 700m, Windows XP Home, Sigma Tel audio I have run all the trouble shooters with no change. Please advise. Thanks

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lotvic

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Has it always been like that? or is it since there was some change to your system?

Have you checked to see if the speakers are muted?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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been caught with this one myself laptop ad both software mute (shows on screen) and hardware mute button (not shown on screen)

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woodchip

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Could be the ear phone jack that's faulty, contacts inside it stuck together on phones, as the jack is only a switch from speaker to earphones. when you plug phones in it brakes speaker contacts and connects earphones

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sajeev

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Thanks for the replies.

Lotvic: no it was working perfectly till a month ago when the speaker developed a tinny sound on using laptop speakers (built in) but fully clear when using headphones. Now the problem has gotten worse as I have described. I have not changed anything important in my software or hardware. Fruit bat: The volume icon in the systray is not muted. When I go into Sound and devices, everything is shown to be working well and enabled. I don't really know what the hardware mute button is. Woodchip: How can I fix it if this is the problem? Thanks very much

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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does your laptop have a volume control (wheel)near where you plug in the headphones?

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woodchip

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You could try a spray of Switch Cleaner in the socket, from Maplin's Do not flood it. It does evaporate, as soon as you have sprayed it in, plug the jack in and out a few times. it may just work

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sajeev

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fruitbat: no wheel woodchip: I live in a part of the world where there is no Maplins. Any other common or generic brand that I can use? If you can let me know what the main ingredient the cleaner contains, I can try and source it locally. I guess WD 40 would be a no! no!

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woodchip

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No WD40

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woodchip

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Any Electronics shop should have Switch Cleaner Name Servicol

Click where to buy

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Terry Brown

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As the Built in speaker has developed a 'Tinny' sound, it would suggest that the speaker itself has developed a fault. Have you an external speaker that you could plug in to test it, if not , hunt round the second hand shops / charity shops or Ebay Etc, or maybe borrow one from a friend.

Terry

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