Bleg: Help me fix my weird PC audio problem
December 20, 2012 7 Comments
I’m having an oddball audio problem on my Windows XP tower.
My kids were using a pair of cheap headphones plugged into the headphone jack on the front of the PC. The tip of the plug broke off inside the headphone jack. The only way to listen to music is to plug in the broken headphones. Other headphones won’t work, because the broken plug tip is blocking the way.
Likewise, the rear sound jack won’t work. When you plug headphones in front, the computer assumes you don’t want to use the speakers, so it bypasses the rear sound jack. With the broken plug tip inside, the computer thinks headphones are plugged into the front.
I tried getting the broken plug out using a semi-straightened dental pick, but no dice. Any other ideas?
Is there a way to disable the front headphone jack in software? I’m thinking that if the computer didn’t know the front headphone jack existed it would stop bypassing the rear sound jack.
Any ideas appreciated.