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The Dell Chromebook 11 3180 is a cost-effective, student laptop that runs on the Chrome operating system. It was first released on Feb. 7th, 2017.

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My chromebook's audio coming out of the headphone jack is just one ear

i bought a brand new one and it has been the same ever since. ive used these headphones on every device and the work ecxept for this one which will only play audio in one ear

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Hi @albert123456780 ,

Have you checked the audio settings in the laptop, to ensure that the “balance” is not set to just one speaker, left or right?

If the audio settings are OK and you only get audio through one headphone speaker, when using different headphones, then It seems as though there may be a problem with the audio socket in the laptop.

Is the laptop still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty? If it is consult the warranty as to what to do to make a claim for a manufacture’s warranty repair or replacement.

If the laptop is no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, here’s a link to the service manual for the laptop. Scroll to p.13 to view the necessary pre-requisite steps and then the procedure to remove/replace the audio board. The audio board is available online. Just search for Dell 11 3180 Chromebook Audio Board part to get results for suppliers of the part.

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how do you check the balance?



Check this link and see if your output is actually "mono" and not just missing the one stereo channel either left or right.


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Check the other answer first.

It may be a depth perception driver error that is resulting in the weird audio. It happens on my chromebook sometimes too.

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