Sound only comes through headphones...

November 22, 2011 at 18:42:30
Specs: Windows XP
my computer only plays music through headphones...Anyone know how to fix this problem?

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November 22, 2011 at 19:46:02
Are your speakers powered? (Do they plug into an AC wall outlet.)

Are they plugged into the correct jack (usually Green)?

Is the Volume level turned up on both the speakers and the system?

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November 22, 2011 at 21:40:03
A headphone jack usually includes a cutoff to other audio outputs so if the other audio output remains cutoff after the headphone jack is removed there may be a fault with the headphone socket.

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November 22, 2011 at 23:18:02
The headphones jack on laptops and netbooks has a mechanical switch inside of it. It's supposed to disable the sound from going to the speakers built into the laptop or netbook whenever you plug a plug (on a cord) into the headphones jack.
If you have plugged into the headphones jack a lot, it's common for that mechanical switch to malfunction. You could try plugging a plug into the headphones jack, wiggling it, then pulling it out, that may get one or both speakers working, but the only real solution is to replace the headphones jack - that's an item frequently replaced by laptop repair places.
OR - you could make do by plugging amplified speakers into the headphones jack.

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