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# 175302 24-Jun-2015 15:40
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Well I was quite looking forward to getting , all be it a 2009 model macbook air.

The unit is in lovely condition and I was feeling that a keen deal was made. Then I booted up to find no sound.

Three hours later

I am in the process of doing a fresh install of the o/s to see if that solves the issue , which after internet research is a extremely common issue.

I have a tried a multitude of suggested "Fixes". Living the outback (wanganui) I cant take a quick trip to the, what do they cal it genius bar?

I wonder why they are not like cars. When they get a common fault they do a recall.

Anyway I think I will wait to see if this reset fixes the problem

The only thing I didn't try , other than the thing that would fix the problem, is to do a "pram" ? reset is that the right word.

I f no luck will see about sending back to the seller.

ho...hummm...




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  # 1330767 24-Jun-2015 15:42
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How much you pay for this?

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  # 1330793 24-Jun-2015 16:12
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The previous owner hasn't broken off a headphone plug inside the headphone socket?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1330798 24-Jun-2015 16:21
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Macs only last for 12 months in you're unlucky, or 3 years if you're lucky. yours is way past a Mac's use-by date!




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  # 1330799 24-Jun-2015 16:21
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gnfb: 
I wonder why they are not like cars. When they get a common fault they do a recall.


If it can be proven to be an actual fault and there is enough consumer noise, they do offer recalls. They did it for crappy graphics cards, HP did power cords etc, etc etc.

As to why it is different for cars - cars cost 10-100 times as much and have a nasty habit of causing death when they fail.

Don't think anyone has been killed by a lack of sound on their macbook air.

Edit: Buying a 6 year old laptop?

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  # 1330802 24-Jun-2015 16:22
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joker97: Macs only last for 12 months in you're unlucky, or 3 years if you're lucky. yours is way past a Mac's use-by date!


No way I had my Macbook Pro for 6 years before upgrading and I sold it on Trademe for $600

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  # 1330803 24-Jun-2015 16:22
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I suppose you could substitute the word "Mac" for some PC brands too.

Even if it doesn't break the computing technology of 6 years ago is pretty archaic.




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  # 1330806 24-Jun-2015 16:23
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johnr:
joker97: Macs only last for 12 months in you're unlucky, or 3 years if you're lucky. yours is way past a Mac's use-by date!


No way I had my Macbook Pro for 6 years before upgrading and I sold it on Trademe for $600


hmm ... I guess I only get to hear/read horror stories and not the ones that go the distance




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joker97: Macs only last for 12 months in you're unlucky, or 3 years if you're lucky. yours is way past a Mac's use-by date!


Couldn't disagree more. Never had a computer only last a year, Apple or any other brand.

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The easiest way to see whether it's a software or hardware fault is to reboot while holding Cmd-Opt-P-R. If it hasn't "chimed" after 20 seconds then it's hardware.

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  # 1330820 24-Jun-2015 16:33
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RunningMan:
joker97: Macs only last for 12 months in you're unlucky, or 3 years if you're lucky. yours is way past a Mac's use-by date!


Couldn't disagree more. Never had a computer only last a year, Apple or any other brand.


I have never had a computer die prematurely. Usually the harddrive dies, or diskdrive die, or fans get nosiey or stop working, or a monitor backlight may fail, but they are generally the only failures I have had.

If you purchased it off trademe, then probably not much of a come back, as they may claim you caused it. Is there another way to output sound, such as hdmi? 



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  # 1330869 24-Jun-2015 17:27
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Behodar: The easiest way to see whether it's a software or hardware fault is to reboot while holding Cmd-Opt-P-R. If it hasn't "chimed" after 20 seconds then it's hardware.



One always sets one self up for ridicule when one posts threads like this one. Thankfully there are the gems like yourself who make helpful comments

I did what you said and got a "DuuuuH" sound from the thing . So form that we can conclude that it is likely to be software?





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  # 1330872 24-Jun-2015 17:30
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johnr: How much you pay for this?


I am not quite sure of the relevance of this question but anyway macbook air 2009 $300




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  # 1330873 24-Jun-2015 17:32
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gnfb: I did what you said and got a "DuuuuH" sound from the thing . So form that we can conclude that it is likely to be software?

Yep, the sound hardware is obviously working so it'll be fixable in software :)



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CYaBro: The previous owner hasn't broken off a headphone plug inside the headphone socket?


nope actually when i plugged in a usb mic the computer found it all ok




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  # 1330875 24-Jun-2015 17:34
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gnfb:
I did what you said and got a "DuuuuH" sound from the thing . So form that we can conclude that it is likely to be software?



Do you get sound from anything else now?

Maybe post a screenshot of system prefs -> sound -> output.

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