Dell Speaker Bar – no audio

I had purchased a snazzy Dell speaker bar, but shortly after going out of warranty, I had no audio. Not thinking to check the headphone jack, I tore it apart, and of course it started working so I couldn’t trace the failure.

Fully opened Dell Speaker Bar
Fully opened Dell Speaker Bar, problem was intermittent no audio

Then a couple days later, I lost audio again. This time I tried headphones and I had sound, and if I jiggled the headphone jack, I would get speaker audio for a bit. Then the speakers died again with only headphone audio. I suspect this new old stock part has tarnished contacts, that the insertion of the headphone does not wipe.

So what is needed is new headphone jacks, or jumper the speakers to be always on with headphones. For now I just plug in headphones.

The little headphone jack daughterboard has 5 wires going to it

  • gnd
  • left audio
  • right audio
  • 12V
  • mute: this line is 9.6 or 5.5 volts, can’t just cut or short it.