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Mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers?

  1. Jun 30, 2011 #1

    Doc Al

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    mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    This is driving me nuts. I have an mp3 file which plays fine on my PC at work, with or without headphones. But the same file on my home laptop only plays with headphones, not on the built in speakers--I get no audio output. (I have plenty of mp3 files, which all play normally, both with and without headphones.)

    How can this be?
     
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  3. Jul 5, 2011 #2
    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??


    Try removing the headphone jack. There must be a short in the jack connection or just a bad connector in the jack. Just plug in the headphone jack a bunch of times.


    This might help .
    If not then please reinstall your sound card drivers or install other compatible drivers for your card .
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 #3

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    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    This weird situation only happens with one particular MP3 file. All my other MP3 files play just fine on internal speakers and headphones.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2011 #4
    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    :confused:
    Please try the procedure .
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 #5
    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    Try updating your sound card drivers.
     
  7. Jul 6, 2011 #6
    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    I am absolutely baffled at why this could happen.

    To get this 100% clear, you can listen to other MP3's fine out of your speakers, then when you get to this one, it doesn't play or output sound unless you have headphones?

    Try turning your speakers up really loud actually, it might just be that it is quiet.

    If it's a bit more complex than that, try downloading(from a different source) or ripping another copy of the file, it could have some weird corruption problems.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2011 #7

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    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    Me too!

    Exactly.

    Nope. And that same file plays just fine out of the speakers on my office PC.

    I may try burning it to a CD on one machine just to see if the CD will play on the other.

    Very strange!
     
  9. Jul 7, 2011 #8

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    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    Have you tried re-downloading the mp3 directly onto the affected computer? Maybe it got corrupted during the download in such a way that only the driver for your speakers is affected.

    The other possibility is that that particular song is using an mp3 feature that your speaker's driver doesn't recognize. Do you have the same audio driver versions on your two computers?
     
  10. Jul 7, 2011 #9
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    One thing that occured to me is that the mp3 was recorded 'hot'
    but with input levels low. The header for the file would indicate
    a very loud signal is to be expected whereas the file itself never
    reaches it's potential peak levels. Your work pc ignores the high setting for
    the relative volumes and plays it anyway with no problem. Your home pc,
    not wanting to lose the internal speaker diables playback.
    The internal speaker is used as a last resort beep when all
    other attempts to indicate a problem is occuring fail.

    mathal
     
  11. Jul 7, 2011 #10

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    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    I've tried that. No luck.

    No idea. Funny, but the laptop giving me the problem is much more recent than the creaking dinosaur on my desktop at work.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2011 #11

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    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    Interesting! Anyway around that?
     
  13. Jul 7, 2011 #12
    Re: mp3 file plays with headphones but not on built in speakers??

    I use Audacity 1.3 13-beta -(a free application -support it if it works for you) to record my old 78s and 33s. You can import the file and tweak it there and then save it in a more amenable form for your home pc.

    mathal
     
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