recognize speakers

June 12, 2009 at 09:58:49
Specs: Macintosh OS X/ Win XP, 512
i Have Mac OS X installed on my HP Pavilion. I
finally got my Printer to work, but am having problems
getting my speakers to work. Mac just doesn't
recognize them. Is there a plugin or something i can
download that can help like the one for my
printer.(some "Vise" thing). I don't really need the
speakers as just some sound to come out,the
headphone jack on the tower, would work fine.

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June 12, 2009 at 13:42:12
See the hackintosh forums.

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June 12, 2009 at 14:57:48
If the Mac OS X operating system doesn't have the correct drivers for the sound chipset on the mboard built into it, your sound won't work. The same applies for anything else it doesn't have the built in drivers for. In some cases you can't get MAC drivers that will work.

HP, and most other brand name system builders, doesn't make most of the pieces in their computers - e.g. the mboards in their desktop computers are almost always supplied to the brand name by major mboard manufacturers and merely have a bios version made by or for the brand name on them.

Look on the HP site at the support and software downloads for the particular model - that may show you which sound chipset it has that you need to find MAC drivers for.
And/or look up the parts for the model, here:
- you may need to use the specific model number or part number found on a label on the outside of the case -
and find which mboard it is using - that usually yields you at least the HP part number, sometimes HP's name for the mboard, with which you can search on the HP site or on the web to find which mboard it actually is, and who made it - in many cases you can then look up the mboard or a very similar one on the mboard manufacturer's web site and find which sound chipset it has, and sometimes MAC driver downloads for the mboard.
Or once you have determined which sound chipset it's using, the maker of the sound chipset may have MAC driver downloads.
The labeling of the sound chipset on the mboard will give you clues too, but you may not know which chip is which until you have found info about the sound chipset elsewhere.

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June 14, 2009 at 16:58:32
Ok, well they don't have a driver for my speakers. Is there a
way to get my headphones working, the ones in the front panel
of the tower. that would work just as well

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June 15, 2009 at 15:57:02
It appears you're not "getting it".

If you tell us which specific HP Pavilion model you have we may be able to help you a lot better - that's on a label on the outside of the case.

There's no such thing as drivers for speakers - you need drivers for the sound chipset that produces the sound.
If the operating system does not have the proper sound drivers for the sound chipset, you cannot have any sound produced from speakers or headphones.

Note that.....
- most mboards require that you use amplified speakers, and the amplifier is switched on, and it's plugged into the proper jack - you may hear nothing at all from non-amplified speakers.
- often that jack has a green color around it on the mboard at the back on the case where most of the ports are if it's built into the mboard
- if the sound is on a card in a slot instead, or in addition to onboard sound, the proper jack often has a green color around it, it probably requires amplified speakers, and you get the sound drivers for the sound card's chipset.
- Windows can support more than one sound chipset on a computer, but only one can be used by Windows at a time - if drivers for more than one chipset are installed, the last drivers installed are the ones used by Windows by default, although you can select the other ones - similar probably also applies to MAC operating systems.
- the headhones jack on the front of the case will only work if it's wired to the mboard properly - if that's not connected the front jack it can't work - if you haven't fiddled with already connected wiring it will probably work - if you have fiddled with that wiring it may or may not work.

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June 15, 2009 at 21:33:23
ok, my comptuer is a HP Pavilion a730n, hopfully that helps

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June 16, 2009 at 16:25:35
" comptuer is a HP Pavilion a730n, hopfully that helps"

Not much, apparently.

Your sound chipset is a codec chip - Realtek ALC880.
Realtek doesn't have MAC drivers for it.
ALC880 Series
HD Audio Codec

HD Audio codecs download - no MAC drivers listed.

In fact Realtek doesn't have MAC drivers for most of their products, except for some of their networking chipsets.

Drivers for OS X for your Realtek RTL8101L network adapter:

HP Software downloads for your model - it's labelled Realtek HD sound - no MAC drivers for anything.

I searched on the web using various words for MAC drivers for Realtek ALC880 but I found absolutely no MAC drivers for it.

I did, however, find one reference for a SoundMax chipset (ADxxxx) that can be gotten to work in the MAC OS by editing a key - that key already had Realtek ALC880 in it -

SO - OS X may support it already - but the onboard sound may not be enabled, or, much less likely, it may be damaged and can't work.

Go into your bios Setup and make sure the onboard sound is enabled. If the key you press to go there is not displayed on the screen as you boot, the key you press is either F1 or F2 on most HP computers - if you're not sure when to press it, press it repeatedly while booting, don't hold down the key.
The key you press should also be in the info for the model on the HP site somewhere.

If it is already enabled, or if it wasn't and you enable it and the OS doesn't detect it, if you want sound, you will probably have to get yourself a PCI MAC compatible sound card (a sound card with a chipset sound drivers are built into the MAC OS for, or MAC drivers are available for it, on the CD that comes with it, and/or on the card maker's or the chipset maker's web site).

Or - see the hackintosh forums??

Specs for your model, and a mboard diagram


Motherboard Description Motherboard: ASUS PTGD1-LA
HP/Compaq name: Grouper-UL8E

- Asus has no support for this model - it is an OEM only model, supplied to HP - there is no support for any PTxxxx model. .
- Asus has zero MAC drivers for similar Socket 775 mboards.

- OEM only mboard manual:

CPU/Processor Socket LGA775

Front Side Bus (FSB) 800 MHz

Chipset Northbridge Intel i915G graphics controller hub (GMCH)
Southbridge Intel ICH6

Onboard video.

Serial ATA Two serial ATA (SATA) connectors

Two USB connectors supporting up to four USB 2.0 ports

One IEEE 1394 port (firewire)

- The Intel web site has no MAC drivers for this chipset series, including for the onboard video.
- Does the MAC OS recognize the SATA controller(s), the USB 2.0 controller(s), and the firewire controller(s)?? (All USB 2.0 controllers include support for USB 1.1 - the USB 1.1 controller(s) components are probably auto recognized; in Windows USB 2.0 controllers are labelled differently in Device Manager - e.g. Enhanced )

- Onboard Audio Realtek ALC880 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC

- Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8101L

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June 16, 2009 at 17:08:48
i actually got my speakers to work. I had to re-install Mac OS
X. Right before you click install there's a "customize" button.
click that and you'll see a expandable menu labeled "sound
cards" or something like that, I can't remember exactly. i
checked all of them and when I installed it my sound worked
perfectly. Hopefully this can help other people with the same
Thanks to all the people that helped, even though it was an easy fix (totally my fault, for not looking).

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June 17, 2009 at 14:03:48
So, therefore, OS X does support detecting the sound chipset and installing drivers for it, if you follow the right procedure.

I'm glad to hear you found a solution.

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