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Headphones not working, Fedora 23?

asked 2016-01-09 15:09:12 -0500

jcmyer gravatar image

I just bought a new pair of headphones, and they don't seem to work at all with my Fedora 23 install. There's just no audio, despite pavucontrol recognizing them. When I test it, I just hear nothing.

Without the headphones plugged in, it works fine with my laptop speakers. It's a Lenovo W5421 if that matters.

The only thing I can think of is that the headphones just are not compatible, which would really suck. I guess they're technically a headset since they have a mic on them. What should I do to debug this?

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answered 2016-01-11 14:32:30 -0500

ceres2009 gravatar image


i had a similar issue with ubuntu a time ago. In earlier Kernel version sound output was sometimes put to HDMI instead of laptop speakers or headphone.

Maybe you need to check, weather the output is going to HDMI instead?

Best, C.

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answered 2016-01-09 19:03:02 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

in pavucontrol try in output devices ,change to speaker , is that way mine works , it is one workaround but it works from me.

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answered 2016-01-09 18:45:21 -0500

Sesivany gravatar image

Are you sure it's not a hardware issue? This is simple analog output. It rarely happens that it doesn't work because of a software issue. The headphone can't be incompatible. It's analog.

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I installed archlinux on the bare metal, same headphones work. It's Fedora software, somewhere.

jcmyer gravatar imagejcmyer ( 2016-01-10 12:37:01 -0500 )edit

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