Tip of audio cable stuck in audio jack.
The tip of my audio cable is stuck in the audio jack. Ultimately I want to remove it so I can hear some sound.
1) Can I somehow switch on the internal speakers without removing the tip?
2) Has anyone a smart way of removing the tip. I am imagining - inserting a spreading tool - maybe a guided drill - superglue?
I have a 2008 24inch intel machine.
I am a little late on this topic, being new to the site and all, but I just recently encountered this problem and thought I would share my solution.
A nice workaround that I found is using a USB Audio adaptor. There is one made by QVS for $13. It does take up a USB port, but it is better then replacing the logic board or attempting to re-solder the jack piece and risking damage.
The best (an especially glueless) way to do it is actually quite simple and doesn't require any fancy tools. You just get a straw, just a normal plastic drinking straw, and cut in it so it can fit your jack. Then you just push it in the jack so it slides around the broken piece of the plug. Then you turn your device so that the jack is facing the floor, and the plug should slip out. If it doesn't, remove the staw slowly with the jack facing the floor and then take a pair of tweezers and grab the part that has already slipped out and pull it out carefully.It's cheap and fast and worked for me... I unfortunately lost my gold-plating on the jack but I think it's nothing glue can't fix.
Thanks for the tip. I had the same problem and used the drilling solution with a 1.5mm bit.
I snipped the end of a standard biro plastic sheath (the inner bit) and shaved it down to a snug fit in the headphone socket.
After a fair few attempts finally go the drill far enough into the offending article to bite and out it came.
This does require some precision so take care.