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Macbook`s speaker not working.

by Fdr90 / September 13, 2009 3:32 AM PDT

Hello everyone, I`m a new user looking for some help with my macbook.
First of all I have a macbook white 3,1 (nov 2007) 2.2 GHz CD2, 1 GB ram. OS: Leopard.
Some days ago the speakers stopped working. I couldn`t hear any sound except if I use headphones (and even with headphone I can hear only from the right one, not from the left). Looking on the internet I found this article (; I tried everything that`s written in there but it didn`t work.
Yesterday I went to an Apple store looking for help. After booting another system from an external HD, the guy said the problem it`s either the soundboard or the speaker. To find out I`d have to leave the mac for a week and pay 75 euros (only for researching the problem, solving it probably implies more money).
Since I don`t want to spend all those money I thought I might try to find out myself which is the defective component. Do you think that`s easy to do?
If I manage to do that are there any places where I can find substitutive components (possibly cheaper than Apple`s)?
I even thought about buying external speakers and using them all the time (hoping they`ll both work and not only the right one).

I hope you can help me.. Thanks in advance.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 13, 2009 8:29 AM PDT

do you have any sort of warranty on that MacBook?

If so, go pound the counter at the Apple Store and hold their feet to the fire.

If the sound is not coming out of the speaker and only from one channel on the headphones, I would tend to lean toward the sound board.
However, the problem with that is that the sound board is integral to the logic board.

Try restting the PRAM on this machine. Shut down and then power on.
At the first chime, hold down the Command + Option + P + R until you hear another chime.

Any difference?


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re: warranty
by Fdr90 / September 14, 2009 1:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Warranty,

My warranty exipred a year ago Sad
I tried to reset the pram and nothing changed. I guess it`s the sound board Sad
Now I wanna try some friend`s external speakers to see if the sound comes out only from one or from both of them

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by Fdr90 / September 24, 2009 1:58 AM PDT

I just got a 5.1 speakers sound system. I`m gonna buy imic in the next days to be able to hear sound from all the speakers.

What I wanna know is: does imic support 5.1? If not are there other USB solutions I should check out??

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My Google search,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 24, 2009 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Imic

turned up no reference to Dolby Surround 5.1 in reference to the Griffin iMic.
Just 2 channel Stereo.


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what about alternatives??
by Fdr90 / September 24, 2009 6:04 PM PDT
In reply to: My Google search,
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