Laptops forum

General discussion

Is there a way to disable the headphone jack?

by Jmack16 / December 12, 2008 7:50 AM PST

I bought a dell inspiron 6400 over a year ago but shortly after buying it my speakers stopped working or so I thought. Later on i learned that it wasn't my speakers that were bugged but it was my headphone jack. The computer thinks that headphones are always in so no sound comes from the speakers but when i put my headphones in i can hear just fine. Apparantly its a common problem with dell 6400/e1505. I was just wondering though if there was a way through windows or any other software that i can turn my headphone jack off? If i can turn it off then the sound would come through the speakers (theoretically speaking).

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Is there a way to disable the headphone jack?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Is there a way to disable the headphone jack?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Could be the jack itself
by Steven Haninger / December 12, 2008 8:51 AM PST

Some wiring schemes will physically disconnect the speaker outputs when the headphones are plugged in. If that physical link is broken due to the jack wearing out (spring return of contacts not working) this could be your problem. Of course the headphones would still work because those contacts still connect with the headphone plug just fine. The answer could be repair or replacement of the jack.

Collapse -
Is there a way to disable headphone jack?
by donnaduchek / July 30, 2011 5:47 AM PDT

We just bought a new Dell xps 8300 and have the same problem.
Our headphone jack broke off inside and our speakers no longer work.
I wish companies would stop designing things that way....

Collapse -
Nothing new here?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2011 6:04 AM PDT

What way should it be designed? Do you mean those electrical posts I have on my home theater?

Repair of these jacks is just a little weekend work for folk that do this sort of repairs.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


Want to see the future of car technology?

Brian Cooley found it for you at CES 2017 in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.