Earbuds won't produce sound

July 14, 2012 at 15:24:36
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all, I have a pair of earbuds that were given to me by a family member, they work in everything EXCEPT the headphone jack on my hard drive, my hard drive has never really let me us anything for sound output unless the device in question had it's own volume control. Do I need audio drivers, and if so, what can I do to get them?

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July 14, 2012 at 19:15:34
I have yet to see a hard drive with headphone jacks. Hard rive don't have any sound generating electronics.

Are you sure you are not referring to a CD/DVD drive in which case the output is very low and is only suitable for high impedance earphones. However the sound from a CD/DVD drive is normally played through the sound card so you really shouldn't need it.


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July 14, 2012 at 23:19:45
You're right, it is the CD/DVD Drive, but, you mean the sound will play through that? I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

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July 15, 2012 at 10:34:41
Hi David,

on the front of a cd drive that is installed in a desktop, there is a headphone jack and also a volume control.

However this (generally) is a poor way to hear sound because it is controlled by the cd drive alone. Often the sound is very faint.

Your pc should have either onboard sound or a soundcard, with input from the cd drive. These have their own speaker sockets which you should be using. Possibly there is a separate headphone socket.

Generally one connects a pair of speakers to the speaker socket. The speakers have their own power supply and internal amplifier and volume control. (in addition to the pc's software volume control).

In one of the speakers there is a headphone socket, which when used cuts out the speaker's sound, and the speakers volume control still functions, but for the headphones.

Hope that is clearer. Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck -Keep us posted.

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July 15, 2012 at 11:43:05
Thanks Mike, I appreciate the detailed response.

The CD Drive is with the power button, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, and two usb ports. I don't see a volume control, however.

I cannot find any other headphone sockets, aside from in the back of the tower (which on the front has the CD drive and all), and they also produce no results.

I don't have any actual speakers connected to my computer, which is why I'm trying to get these earbuds to work.

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July 16, 2012 at 17:13:26
Hi David, might I suggest you have someone more computer literate look over your shoulder when you are checking this.

I would expect the cd drive to have to have three cables on the back:-
power cable
ide interface cable
small audio cable - might have two different connectors on one end.

The small audio cable should connect to a sound card or the mobo.

You need to identify which, as this will point you in checking you have the correct drivers for it and the os in use. Also that you are using the correct socket.

This may help:-


I still think you may be using the wrong socket, also there are a probably at least two places where you can adjust (or mute) the volume by software.

Suggest borrow some known good speakers for testing.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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July 25, 2012 at 12:21:04
Sadly, I am the most computer literate in my household. Anyway, on the back of the CD Drive, after inspecting each cable I've realized what each is for:

Local Area Connection
Local Area Connection 2

In other words, I don't see any cables for sound, unless you mean the cable is within the CD Drive, and I'd have to take the back off to see it.

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July 25, 2012 at 14:43:03
Hi David,

based on your above response, suggest you widen your search to outside of your family soonest!

Good Luck - Keep us psoted.

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