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headphones not working on mac!!

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  • Started 2 years ago by kush20197
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kush20197
Posts: 37

I have a MacBook Pro 13" 2.3 GHz with Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion. I have a Samsung and a Nokia headphones which work fine with my phone. When I connected my headphones to my mac and played a track, but I only heard the background music and not the wordings. This problem was, as I have heard, most common with mobile phones, and I used to just rotate the jack and it worked perfectly. But the same is not working on my macbook. Please help me as I don't have any other headphones.......

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

Does the headphone jack look like THIS?

"I only heard the background music and not the wordings"
This happens when the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't making proper connection with the female jack. A mobile phone headphone has 3 connections, so attaching it to a device which accepts 2-connection jacks, such as a Mac, might not yield proper results. You'll have to get a new headphone, probably.
But you can try attaching your headphone jack to THIS (search: headphone splitter), and then attaching it to the Mac.

How will it work? Because the headphone splitter has 2 connections, so it will connect perfectly with the female jack.

P.S. This is my opinion, and I don't know if it's correct or not!

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minigeek
Posts: 353

I think that this is a short inside the headphone jack.

This is occurring because of the extra pins (as seen in Hatty's pic). The socket on the mac is designed for one with 3 pins, not 4.

Therefore, the same effect as this is produced, actually using the same idea as that.

You would need to find an adapter or replace the connector (on the headphones). If you want to replace the connector then follow this guide.

Alternatively, you could get a adapter cable made (or you could try to find one).
Does anyone on here have the electrical skills required and would be willing to make an adapter?
I am only 13, and can just about use a soldering iron, but I'm really not that good.

EDIT: This might do the trick?

Good Luck!

MiniGeek

Quoting Hatty ;)
P.S. This is my opinion, and I don't know if it's correct or not!

Posted 2 years ago
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Xhi
Posts: 6298

Everyone is entitled to my opinion. In case you did not already know it.

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minigeek
Posts: 353

Now I wish HTG had a like button :)

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hatryst
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There's a report button. Go ahead :P

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minigeek
Posts: 353

Yeah - I almost clicked report...
Must be getting used to FB...

Anyway, back on topic - does anyone think my suggestion will (or won't) work?

MiniGeek

Posted 2 years ago
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hatryst
Posts: 3482

I think so, let's see what the OP thinks!

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kush20197
Posts: 37

Actually, yes, both of the headphones have the 3.5mm jacks. But my apple headphones and my other headphones (also having 3.5mm jacks) are working fine with my mac. These are my headphones without the call button and are working fine. But only my samsung and nokia headphones which have the call button are not working. Also, my mac has only 1 connection for the headphones and not 2 or 3. minigeek is right, it actually produces an effect likethis. I can't buy another headphones as I had bought my nokia headphones just a week ago. and I'm just 15 and I don't have any electrical skills.

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minigeek
Posts: 353

If the effect is like that, then I really don't know of a solution!
Also, I meant that there were 3 connections on the inside of the socket on the mac. There would have to be more than 3 on the headphones to make the call button usable.

http://www.androidtablets.net/.....e-jack.jpg
You want an adapter to turn the left connector into the one on the right.

MiniGeek

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kush20197
Posts: 37

ummmm..... what do you mean by that????? I don't understand what are you saying or how do you do that.....

Posted 2 years ago
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

To plug in a headphone to a Mac or windows requires a 3 ring jack ( L + R audio and return ). It does not have mic return. A 4 ring from a smartphone will not work.

The headsets are not interchangeable.

Conversion stuff, as MG pointed out is available but the quality is poor.

Mike

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kush20197
Posts: 37

And that means my headphones would NOT work on mac no matter whatever I do to try to make it work?????

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

If you can find an adaptor it will work. If not, it's cutting the cable, and soldering to the correct plug.

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kush20197
Posts: 37

can you please post me a video on how to do this????

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minigeek
Posts: 353

HTG has a guide Here.

This will void your warranty, so just be sure you want to do it! It could not work.

HTG is not responsible for any losses. We are just sharing our opinions!

MiniGeek

Posted 2 years ago
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warlock
Posts: 4100

From your post above you have no electrical skills and you bought the headphones a week ago, why not just return them?

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kush20197
Posts: 37

Because I was an idiot for buying the headphones without the warranty......
it is a nokia wh-701 headphone worth $30 (actually 1500 indian rupees) and i bought it from a local shop for 340 indian rupees (around $7).

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Xhi
Posts: 6298

Give it to a friend or neighbor.

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