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Laptop released by Dell in 2005, features a 15.4" display and Intel Centrino processor.

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How do I fix my broken audio-out jack?

I have a problem that's been pestering me for quite a while. About three years ago I began to intermittently lose sound from the intergrated speakers on my Dell Inspiron 6000. This loss became more and more frequent, and as of now I cannot play the sound from the onboard speakers unless I place something into my headphone or microphone jacks. To be more descriptive, I take a 1/8" headphone jack plug and stick it in about halfway, then angle it downward and hold it there. I usually use my wallet to prop against the plug -- it's thick enough to hold it in place, but not too thick to break the plug or jack. This, and only this, usually gets the sound to work from the external speakers.

The headphone jack used to work just fine otherwise, but has over time stopped transmitting sound more and more to the headphones.

About two years ago, I tore apart the whole enchilada. There were no broken wires anywhere, and the headphone/mic jacks were soldered to the motherboard. I looked around and nothing appeared to be burned out.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about fixing this problem? The laptop runs like a champ, even though it's approaching 4 years.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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DELL Vostro 1700 had this problem but solution is as follows

Open Control Panel

Choose Sounds

Choose Properties

Set balance between speakers and headphones eg 15%

I have almost the same thing but what happend with me was. I had my headset on my Head and i walked/running away but my headset was still on my head and now my mic input is broken and i dont know how to fix iT

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maybe a silly question, but have you checked if the contacts in the headphone jack are slightly bent? or corroded or dirty?

if I understand you correctly, the built-in speakers don't work but headphones do, and partially inserting a headphone plug turns back on the built-in speakers? if so, I would suspect that the contact point inside the jack - the contact that's normally closed but opened when headphones are inserted - may be causing you trouble, i.e. stuck open without the headphone inserted. I'm assuming here there's no fancy electronic switching between outputs; usually these headphone jacks are just mechanical switches.

if you open up your laptop, can you check the connectivity of all the jack's connections with a VOM?

another thing to try - perhaps try some electronic contact cleaner (the aerosol type) in case there's some corrosion on that contact causing the circuit to stay open without some pressure from your plug.

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Built-in speakers work only if I insert a headphone plug and angle it correctly.

Headphones work also only if placed fully inside, then rotated or wiggled up until they work (and then I have to be very still and not move them, or they will lose connectivity).

I tried the contact cleaner route this weekend-- no dice. I'll do some more rigorous troubleshooting in the future when I have some more time :)

Thanks!

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I have seen similar problems on other laptops and multiple iPhones. Usually a sharp blast of air (from mouth or can) will cause the contacts to reseat properly. If not, I have also had success with somewhat violently inserting/removing a headphone plug repeatedly.

If neither of those solutions work, opening the computer and fixing/replacing the jack manually is probably the only solution.

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Three years later and your answer absolutely solved an audio jack issue on my two day old phone! Thanks for giving your input. You saved me so much grief!

thank you thank you thank you.

have had this jackstick/no sound problem for months

and i just "huffed and puffed" into it and it's working fine now! :D

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I had a problem with my phone and I felt like I really messed up, I suddenly lost connection with my earbuds so I tried another one but I stuck it in too far and all of the sudden it felt differently when I plugged it in, I thought for sure that I had to start fiddling around in my 4 week old phone already, nevertheless your solution helped. After I had blown in my jack it worked like a charm :)

hundreds of dollars speakers with a headphones plugged in. had a finnicky connection and right ear blew so I bought another pair. Connection was okay for a few months and then went futsy again. Bought a new pair. Connection wasn't fixed so I figured it was my speakers. I took that wench all the way apart and carefully inspected every bit of circuitry, but got stumped. Decided to look up solutions on the internet. Apparently "violently fricking it with the aux jack" was the solution all along. You saved my babies Brian

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Dell laptops use a really flaky thru hole method to attach the headphone & microphone jacks. They are attached with the bare minimum of solder and thus develop dry joints with minimal use. I repaired my brothers Dell by fully dismantling and desoldering the headphone jack, which was broken beyond repair. As it's a custom part I couldn't find a replacement so I desoldered the stereo mic jack and swapped it over. This is a NON-TRIVIAL repair and took me almost 2 hrs to complete.

Another option is to simply replace the headphone jack with a $2 USB audio device:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sk...

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I am having the same problem. What I suspect is that the computer jack socket is defective. The springs on the inside of the socket are weak and don't hold the jack and provide secure contact. I think that this is a Dell product flaw and I suggest we all pester Dell with our complaints, not that it will help....

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I have the same problem, which has occurred since I tripped over my headphone wire and jerked the socket. It works if I position the plug carefully by inserting it and slowly pulling it out a bit and pressing. Is there a quick-fix. I take on board the suggestion by Tetsuo that I could plug my earphones into a USB device and realise that I could get one for a few quid but have been thinking for a long while of getting a "Dragonfly" headphone amplifier, which cost around £89.00 but give good sound improvement. This could be my incentive to getting one but I'd still like to know if the 3.5 socket is reparable.

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Hi glenjames52,

As there is no output to the headphones, the headphone socket may be faulty or loose from the systemboard, . This may also be the reason why the speakers do not work. There is a contact inside the socket which is used to advise the audio controller that there is a headphone jack inserted and to disconnect the sound from the speakers and connect it to the headphones and to connect the sound back to the speakers and to disconnect the headphones when it is removed.

If it is faulty or just loose, either way you will have to remove the systemboard to gain access to the headphone socket so as to either replace it or re-solder it back onto the systemboard.

Here is a link to the service manual for your Dell Vostro 1015. It describes the procedure how to remove the systemboard. On p.40 it shows the headphone socket mounted on the systemboard.

http://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-pr...

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I have the same issue. NO sound at all on my Insprion 6400. The sound would go out intermittently and for the longest time. I would shake it a bit and it woudl come back. then that didnt work so much I would have to REALLY shake it to get it to work. Then after a bit only shaking it a certain direction would work. That turned into putting something in the USB port next to the audio jack and when I did that I would get sound from the speakers. Then that stopped working. And I started to put the microphone plug in and out of the microphone slot and that worked. That quickly turned into having to wiggle the microphone plug. Then later angle the microphone plug. And now nothing. I saw a video on resoldering it . What a PITA. 2 hours of my time to fix or try the usb audio device. this one seems to be done for me. My Dells have been buggy for me since 1997 on to HP.

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Ive got the same problem, except ive got a laptop cooling pad and i tuck the headphone wire underneath adjusting the tension until it works :)

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I've got exactly the same problem. I have Dell Inspiron 6400/e1505. I used to stick a headphone jack to get audio but now it became a torture. I think it is because of the headphone switch which cuts the audio. I'm not an expert. I can't repair or replace it. I can get sound when i connect headphones, so the only solution for me is to buy external speakers and connect them to the headphone jack. You will surely have your sound this way.

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I have exactly the same problem. Well, not exactly. I have a Chromebook. But that just shows how it has spread across the market. I have to angle mine too. The blowing didn’t work either. I had been recently quickly putting it down with cord in, so I am wondering if this is the cause. Thank you for accepting my complaint and questions.

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