Well THAT was weird

Tonight I encountered a problem with my laptop that I had never even heard of before. I was editing some audio, for which I was using ear buds. When I finished, I unplugged the ear buds and went about my business. I then noticed that I wasn't getting any sound from my computer's speakers. Worse still, my computer didn't even recognize its own speakers! The menu bar controller was grayed out, and the System Preference pane listed "Digital out" instead of "Built-in headphones". Very odd.

So I went to Apple for answers. The first thing I tried was a simple restart. Didn't work. Then I tried shutting it down and then starting it up. Nope. Then I saw a document recommending resetting the SMC (System Management Controller). Still nothing. Even after a second time it didn't work.

Then I read a little further down the same document and noticed a method someone had used that worked for them. Y'know, every once in a while when I'm in a smart-ass mood (which is pretty much all the time) I'll respond to somebody's suggestion by saying: "Why, that's just crazy enough to work". Such was my reaction to what I had read. Sounded crazy, but I had nothing to lose by trying.

Here's what I did:


  1. Plugged in the ear buds.

  2. Played a song in iTues for about ten seconds.

  3. Unplugged the ear buds.

  4. Plugged in the ear buds.

  5. Repeated steps 3 and 4 for a total of four cycles.

  6. Turned the plug clockwise six times while in the headphone jack.

  7. Unplugged the ear buds.


Wouldn't you know it--the damn thing worked! It was as inexplicable as when Fonzie would be able to get a soda out of a machine simply by hitting it just the right way. In this case, I guess it was more like Fonzie with a bad case of OCD.

Regardless, I now have sound coming out of my MacBook Pro's own speakers once again.