Plugging into my headphones to listen to music or watch videos on my computer is something I do fairly often along with taking on Skype and video calls for meetings and quick catch-ups with family. Needless to say, my earphones get a lot of use on a near day to day basis. For me to run into pesky headphone related issues is not unheard of.
Assuming that the accessory is no longer functioning correctly often leads to replacing it with new ones since my computer seems unable to detect its presence. What other explanation, after all, is there for its malfunction, right?
Interestingly enough, I am not the only computer user who thought that faulty headphones must be due to regular wear and tear.
Reports have shown that complaints regarding this issue is fairly common with users running Windows 8 or Windows 10. Thankfully, I have found several quick fixes on how to fix headphone jack on the computer.
Solution #1 Run the troubleshooter
Windows systems come with a built-in troubleshooter that especially tackles any issues encountered when the computer fails to detect or recognize headphones. These are the essential steps for Playing Audio troubleshooting:
1. On your keyboard, press on the Windows logo key. Next, type in “troubleshoot” then select Troubleshoot when it appears on your monitor.
2. Select Playing Audio, followed by the option to Run the troubleshooter. Select Next.
3. Choose headphones then right after click Next.
4. Make sure to click No Do not open Audio Enhancements before selecting Playtest sounds.
5. Follow the prompt. If no sound was heard, sleuth I didn’t hear anything option. This will cause Windows to reinstall the driver for audio. Simply follow the additional on-screen instructions to finish the diagnostics.
Solution #2 Repair hardware issues
- Try using a different jack to hook your headphones onto. It is possible that the USB port being used is already dead. By plugging into another port, you can determine whether it is the headphones or the jack itself that is at fault.
- Using headphones with a different device is one quick way to test its functionality. Connect to a mobile phone or to another computer to fully test out if it is in working order.
These simple steps can help users figure out and spot repair hardware problems.
Solution #3 Change default sound settings
I would never have stopped to consider that the sound format default I had, was incorrect and that it could lead to issues with my headphones. To correct this problem, I simply changed the settings. Here is how you go about it on your desktop:
1. Hover on the Start button and right-click on it. Select Control Panel.
2. Locate Hardware and Sound, select Sound.
3. On the Playback button, click twice on the playback device you want to use as a default. A green mark should appear next to it.
4. Next, go to the tab marked Advanced. From the drop-down menu change the default sound scheme.
Solution #4 Set Headphones as the default device for playback
In some cases, the headphones aren’t set up as the default option for playbacks. This will then lead to the accessory not working correctly with a computer that is running on Windows 8 or 10. To set it up, here’s a 5 step method.
1. With your cursor on the Start button, right-click. The popup should include an option for Control Panel. Select this.
2. Then choose Hardware and Sound. Select Sound.
3. Locate the tab for Playback. Under this, right-click the window then choose Show Disabled Devices.
4. You should be able to see the list of headphones. Right-click on the one that corresponds to your make and model. Elect Enable.
5. Last but not least, choose Set as Default and select Apply to finish the process.