I broke my headphone jack, can I use Mic jack instead?

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  1. Gjs312

    Gjs312 For life

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    This might seem like a weird question, but is it possible to configure a microphone jack to play sound instead of receive it under XP?

    Basically what happened was I left my headphones plugged into my laptop, and then tripped over the cord, which caused me to faceplant in front of my roomate, and break my input jack a the same time. I still get some ranges of sound, but a lot of it is distorted and unlistenable, and I have tried using several sets of headphones all with the same problem. The laptop is a Gateway 200S if that helps, and I figured I would give this a shot before I shelled out 30 bucks for a PCMIA soundcard.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Sinusoid

    Sinusoid OT Supporter

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    It really depends on what onboard sound it is... some chips let you custom-configure the jacks to suit your needs... check the audio properties in Control Panel.
     
  3. EvilSS

    EvilSS New Member

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    Magic 8 ball says...

    All signs point to no


    The VAST majority of sound cards won't let you do this. Check your manual and drivers to be sure though.
     
  4. 01000101

    01000101 New Member

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    couldnt you... just plug in speakers and check?
     
  5. Sinusoid

    Sinusoid OT Supporter

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    Just plugging them in won't work, they are one-way jacks and by default microphone jacks are configured for sound input, not output.
     
  6. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    isn't the mic only one channel...?
     
  7. darnit

    darnit New Member

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    do you feel comfortable taking it part?
    know how to solder?
    if so, 30 mins of work and your fixed!!
    Having done something simiular before.
     
  8. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    If it was onboard sound on a desktop, you probably could have gotten away with it, but not on a laptop.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Microphone jacks ARE one-channel. Even if you cut the wires off the motherboard and soldered the speaker wires in its place, you'd come up short.
     

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