For some reason on my computer, whenever i plug in my speaker into the audio jack nothing comes up, but when i plug it into the mic jack it pops up. On windows you can select the input device once you plug it in(whether its a microphone or speaker/headset). On ubuntu i don't get this option, it just assumes the input is a microphone (probably because its a mic jack). So i have no sound, but im sure if i can somehow make ubuntu think that its a speaker plugged in it would work. Any way to change it? I think of the jack as one of those audio/mic slots that work for either or. It's just reading my speaker as a mic
There's the alsa-tools-gui package which bundles an application called hda-jack-retask that permits "retasking" of hardware audio ports.
To install the package run the following in a terminal window ( CTRL + ALT + t ):
sudo apt-get install alsa-tools-gui
Afterwards, you should be able to start
hdajackretask and reconfigure the ports as needed.