I've got a broken piece of jack stuck into my headphones output : I cannot get any sound from my laptop speakers.

I've tried many things (using alsamixer, pavucontrol, checking the different mute controls and so on), but I still can't get any sound from my internal speakers.

I deactivated the automatic mute on the alsamixer, but it's still the same.

My speakers are working : on Windows (dual boot I want to stop..), I just have to deactivate the headphones output to have the speakers playing my music!

I just discovered the pactl command, which learnt me a lot about my issue. For instance, I execute the pactl list cards command, and here is a part of my output:

analog-output-speaker: Haut-parleurs (priority: 10000, latency offset: 0 usec, not available)
                device.icon_name = "audio-speakers"
            Part of profile(s): output:analog-stereo, output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo, output:analog-stereo+input:iec958-stereo, output:analog-surround-40, output:analog-surround-40+input:analog-stereo, output:analog-surround-40+input:iec958-stereo
        analog-output-headphones: Casques analogiques (priority: 9000, latency offset: 0 usec, available)
                device.icon_name = "audio-headphones"
            Part of profile(s): output:analog-stereo, output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo, output:analog-stereo+input:iec958-stereo

So ! The analog-output-speaker port is tagged as not available, and the analog-output-headphones is tagged as available. As I said, I really can't take the broken piece of jack out of the output.

I thought that if I could completely deactivate the headphones output, my speaker output would become available, but I'm not sure.

And I absolutely have no clue about how I can achieve this.

Could someone help me, please ?

My computer is a Mac Book Pro 8.2 (device.product.name = "Apple MacBookPro8,2 [Core i7, 15\", 2011]"), and eveything else is working fine.

Thank you,

[Edit] As asked in comments, here is a pastebin for pact list : http://pastebin.ubuntu.com/7255739/

  • Could you please add the full output of pactl list in a pastebin.ubuntu.com? and add the link to your question – Sylvain Pineau Apr 15 '14 at 14:44
  • Thank you for your answer. I added the pastebin as you asked for. – peij Apr 15 '14 at 15:09

Install the alsa-tools-gui package (13.10) to get the hdajackretask command:

sudo apt-get install alsa-tools-gui

hdajackretask will allow you to completely ignore the broken headphones output:

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Visit omgubuntu if you need to install it for older releases.

  • Thank you ! Seems to be better : no sign of my headphones output on alsamixer or in the sound control panel. My volumes are ok, but still no sound coming from my speakers ! – peij Apr 15 '14 at 16:21
  • I still don't have any sound coming from my speakers, and I don't have any clue about why. Any idea ? – peij Apr 15 '14 at 16:38
  • Your answer fits the original question, I'll accept the answer, I'll open another thread for my "no-sound" issue. Thank you again! – peij Apr 15 '14 at 16:46

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