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!! WARNING !! Do NOT use the TOSLINK adapter provided with S/PDIF port

yikes81

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There is a known issue with using the provided TOSLINK adapter in the S/PDIF jack.
What appears to happen is, the adapter will cause the jack pins to jam, and so the internal speakers will no longer function as the laptop will always think the jack is being used.

A fact that I found out after attempting to plug in optical cables. :mad:

All audio jacks will continue to work. But even after removing all audio devices from the jacks, the internal speakers will not kick in. If you use a regular 3.5mm plug in the jack, it all works as planned. Just don't use the adapter provided by Dell.

The motherboard needs to be replaced. Yay!

Edit: This seems to be an issue with the M17xR3 so far. To be honest I have not read much further than my own model.
 

MattyB

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Man that sucks! I have always wondered what the hell that adapter was for.

So it's best to just throw it in the bin?
 

DDuB420

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Man that sucks! I have always wondered what the hell that adapter was for.

So it's best to just throw it in the bin?

Was already thinking that :cool:


Thanks for the heads up Yikes81 :cool:
 

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[video=youtube;PBMYJucZ8hE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBMYJucZ8hE[/video]
 

yikes81

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Man that sucks! I have always wondered what the hell that adapter was for.

So it's best to just throw it in the bin?

At this stage ... yes. Dell has been running all over the place replacing motherboards. A few people have replaced motherboards twice already. No other fix for this at this stage.
 

AeonSoul

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I've heard that somewhere before, so I never bothered to use it, and actually I have no idea what it was supposed to be used for, but now I know for sure I'm not oging to use it, ever!
 

yikes81

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I've heard that somewhere before, so I never bothered to use it, and actually I have no idea what it was supposed to be used for, but now I know for sure I'm not oging to use it, ever!

Yeh ... good move.
 

yikes81

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The Dell tech is here replacing the motherboard.

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OMG it hurts to see my baby in this condition ....

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MattyB

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I really hope it doesn't bring you more problems. You never know what's going to happen when you replace parts.
 

yikes81

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Yes that is true. But now the machine will not boot. :(

And I am worried that he did not do a repaste on the CPU .... but he says that this is normal .... yeh I dunno about normal ..... *sigh*
 

yikes81

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No luck. DOA mobo. So he is coming back tmw. And I have asked for him to bring thermal paste to do a repaste as well.

I cannot fault the Dell service. But the Dell parts leave much to be desired.
 

DDuB420

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Yes that is true. But now the machine will not boot. :(

And I am worried that he did not do a repaste on the CPU .... but he says that this is normal .... yeh I dunno about normal ..... *sigh*

He says its normal? WTF
Was it working after he left?
 
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