Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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How to replace or repair the headphone jack?

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I have a MacBook Core 2 Duo A1181, 2.1 Ghz.

Unfortunately, my son took the headset out too fast and it seems that the connector doesn't work anymore.

I can see the red light in the hole but when I connect another headset, no sound and the Mac only recognizes the numerical output now as well. Also, no sound coming from the built in speakers as well.

Any info or help will be more than appreciated! :-)

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There's little switch inside the sound port that is probably stuck on the numerical position. Try to reinsert the headphone jack in and out many times it could unstuck the switch. You can also use a toothpick and try to trigger the switch.

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Cheapest and faster solution is to buy a USB stereo audio adapter by Syba for $8 on Amazon. It has 2 ports: one for stereo audio and 2nd port for mic.

Its called "Syba SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter"

No software needed...macbook will automatically recognized it. Then change settings on Mac to:

Choose "System Preferences" from the applications menu and select "Sound." in hardware tab--> Output Port -> Select "USB PnP Sound Device" -> Use audio port for "Sound Output"

If you want to use your iphone headphones for audio and mic, then you need to buy additional adapter: Two port 3.5mm Stereo Male with 3.5mm Stereo Female --sells for $3 on Amazon. (ASIN: B000I98ZYG )

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Wow! If this works, what a win! I've had the problem with the headphone jack port for over a year. Sometimes only the headphones will work, sometimes only the speakers, sometimes both. The replacement on youtube looks like a nightmare to me. I've just ordered the part. Thank you so much for the tip!

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So now you cold choose between the speakers and the headphone?, or just the headphone?

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First you need an old broken logic board for parts because no one sells the audio jack. They run $30-45 bucks on ebay.

Unsolder the headphone jack from the broken logic board first for practice, Remove your logic board (instructions here on iFixit) then CAREFULLY unsolder the headphone jack using a precision tip and install the replacement being very careful not to burn any of the surrounding components.

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,just spray compressed air into socket first,if no good,plug a headphone cable in and out to free the dust and dirt or to free the jammed sterio pin in the switch connector socket back into place,happened twice on mine(and countless other audio equipment with sterio headphone jack problems that, ive been unlucky enough to encounter),if all fails then the *operation*not very easy to de solder cleanly, maybe neccesary!!!

mac parts are quite robust.

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Or you hold ALT while clicking on the sound menubar icon to select your soundcard ;)

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Wow. That worked like a charm. Thank you!!!

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I used

https://www.nigrin.de/de/produkte/nach/p...

Its basically sewing machine oil,

MSDS:

http://www.sdbpool.de/eshop?t=7458dd9841...

then inserted and removed the normal headphone jack about 150 times

(maybe 12 times is enough and more realistic)

WITH DEVICE TURNED OFF, BATTERY REMOVED...

works really good now, so far at least.

Hope that helps.

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Hi! I just looked this up also, I have a great idea. What you will want to do is trick the system, It's the audiojack and the Mac OS X sometimes, it was for me. Put in the Audio Jack and remove it fast do it a couple times then you will want to keep it plugged in, click the volume icon and while messing with the volume on that and then quickly unplug the audio jack and keep doing this until it finally stays, It worked for me. If anything changes with this Idea I will let you know, Hopefully this helps you! :) - Chris

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I used a little usb adaptor for headphones, until I can afford to get the headphone port fixed. I will deffo try the headphones in and out 100 times though, up to about 40 no joy...thanks guys at least i can edit things on my earphones which was the most important. Appreciate your help and any other ideas people have as it'll be about £130 to fix this little tiny blighter. Red light was shining and shaded grey volume sign before I found the usb adaptor and changed system preferences to recognise it.

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Put the earphone into the jack, and restart the machine. Works for me.

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