Picture this: you return to your comfort nest after a long and tough day at work, change into your loungewear, put your legs up high and all ready to binge-watch your favourite Netflix series. Then, you noticed the character taking on an unfamiliar, strange tone, followed by some background crackle, pop and buzz. Shucks! Your MacBook speaker isn’t working the way it should – and that is the absolute worst feeling in the world.
While audio glitches aren’t at all a rare occurrence for MacBook users, the speaker is a core function of your device that shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, sound plays a vital role in our overall digital experience, and bad audio quality can be nothing but intrusive. Before you hit the repair shop, there are some quick troubleshooting steps that you can take to tackle your audio woes.
What’s Causing These Glitches?
Audio glitches from your MacBook speaker can stem from a number of reasons such as wrong audio settings, an entirely damaged speaker or even software problems. At times, it is a temporary issue that can be resolved by resetting the SMC and PRAM. To kick things off, the first step is to plug in a pair of headphones. If the distortion shows up whether you are playing sound through the speakers or the headphones, then it is likely a software issue. On the other hand, if everything works fine with the headphones plugged in, this might indicate a damaged or blown speaker. Then, you would need to get it fixed or replaced with a reliable repair centre in Singapore.
Other Troubleshooting Methods
Check Your Sound Preferences
Audio problems can arise when you select your operating system’s preferences are set wrongly. From the Apple Menu, tap into System Preferences > Sound > Click on the Output tab. Ensure that “Internal Speakers” is selected (if it isn’t, reroute the audio to the Internal Speakers), “Mute” box is not checked, and the “Output Volume” slider is not all the way to the left. Now, test your audio again.
Update the Software
While it is uncertain whether a software update can solve your speaker issues, it is definitely worth a shot. If you are not using the latest version of macOS, back up your important information and then update the software.
Reset PRAM and SMC
PRAM stands for Parameter Random Access Memory (PRAM) – the memory that stores vital system information in your MacBook, including sound preferences – while SMC refers to the System Management Controllers (SMC). If you face audio hiccups, a reset can’t hurt. How do you go about this?
1. Shut down your laptop
2. Turn it on again and immediately hold down the Command, Option, P and R keys simultaneously, until you hear two chimes.
1. Shut down your laptop and ensure that the power cable is plugged in.
2. Press and hold Shift + Control + Option on the left side of your keyboard and the power for approximately five seconds.
3. Simultaneously release the keys and power on your MacBook.
When All Else Fails
If the aforementioned methods just don’t work out for you, your next best course of action is to take your precious device to a laptop repair shop in Singapore. Occasionally, these speaker glitches could signify a more significant problem at hand. So if you’re apprehensive about a self-repair endeavour, why not leave your MacBook to the professionals?
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