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Ninito
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Speakers Are not Working But Headphones Are

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Hello

Just until yesterday the speakers were working fine, but today I try to listen to something but no sound coming from the speaker.

I plugged in my headphones and it seems to be working fine. But when I unplug my headphones no sound. Can anyone help me?

Thank You

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Jim Coates
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The sensing mechanism in the headphone jack might be malfunctioning, or the speakers might have gone out, or there might be a configuration issue.

To check speakers, run the PSA or ePSA tests. Instructions here. Some versions of the ePSA tests have a ‘Perform Quick Audio Check’ on the bottom right side of the ePSA main menu screen. Run that test and check if you can hear the 8 beep tones from the speakers. If you hear the tones then the speakers are functioning okay.

To correct any mis-configuration, re-install your audio driver.

If the configuration is okay and the speakers are okay, then most likely the problem is the headphone jack.  If you need more help please reply with the full model name of your laptop and the name of the operating system you are running.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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RE: Speakers Are not Working But Headphones Are

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Hi Ninito,

@jimco: thank you for the inputs; appreciate it.

I would also suggest you run the hardware diagnostics and check if you are able to hear any beeps from the speakers. Please share the system model and the operating system installed.

Keep me posted with the information. I will be glad to assist you.

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Jim Coates
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appreciate it.

Why?

Keep me posted with the information. I will be glad to assist you.

I am already handling this. If you or anybody else has ADDITIONAL suggestions to offer then of course you are welcome to join in on the discussion.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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Ninito
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Hello

Thank You Very Much for the reply, I have a Studio Laptop 1558 bought in 2010 with Windows 8 Home installed. The speakers were working fine until yesterday morning. Only when I plug it headphones or earphones it works. Maybe the speaker is busted? I did run diagnostic and I hear the Beep sound when it says color display Yes or No. If the speaker is out I was thinking of just using a alternate speaker and plug it in. But until then I want to keep my options open just to make sure the speaker is really out.

Thank You

From Ninito

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Jim Coates
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Hello Ninito,

Because you heard the beeps during the color bars display in the PSA onboard diagnostics, that means that the speakers are working.

Because you can hear audio through the headphones that means that the audio hardware and driver are working.

If you re-install the audio driver*** but still cannot hear audio through the speakers, it means that the sensing circuitry in the headphone jack has failed. When the sensing circuitry fails, Windows "thinks" that a plug is in the jack socket and so will not allow the audio signal to be switched to the speakers.

The solution is to replace the jack, but on your model the jack is part of the motherboard. To replace the jack means replacing the motherboard which for most people is too expensive. Your idea of using an external speaker system is probably your best workaround solution.


*** As you may know, Dell does not support Windows 8 on the Studio 1558 model. I assume the audio driver you are using now is the native audio driver that is built into Windows 8. You may also try the IDT audio driver (IDT is the manufacturer of the audio hardware on a Studio 1558). This link will take you to a page of suggested drivers for a Studio 1558 with Windows 8. If you want to try the IDT driver, go to that page and click on the link under the word "Audio".

If you are able to install an IDT audio driver into your Studio 1558 with Windows 8, there is a workaround that might enable audio to come through the speakers. That workaround is in Section V 2 of the Headphone Jack FAQ.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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Hi,

i have the same problem As Ninito but i didnt hear the 8 beebs in "diagnostics" ( iam using Dell inspiron 15 3521)

so please tell me what to do ... i just bought the laptop a month ago

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Jim Coates
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i have the same problem As Ninito but i didnt hear the 8 beebs in "diagnostics" ( iam using Dell inspiron 15 3521)

It would seem that your speakers are disconnected or have failed. I suggest that you contact tech support to schedule a repair. Please notice the warning in my signature below.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

RE: Speakers Are not Working But Headphones Are

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Thank you for your advice sir

Today the speakers cameback all of sudden O.o and i can hear the Beebs and everything is ok

should i still go to Dell technical support ? cuz if the speakers are not connected properly the problem might occur again.

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Jim Coates
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I would go ahead and report it each time it happens to get it "on record". That might be helpful if it turns out to be an intermittent problem that comes and goes. Tech support might not do anything this time but if the problem keeps recurring then they should.

Jim Coates -- 14th year on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04