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      AskWoody Lounger

      I have no idea how many people have had this problem.  I want to post my solution for those who have.   I use a pair of Bose desktop speakers, really good sound for not breaking the bank, connected to my laptop.  For years, they were plugged into the jack in my Dell Inspiron jack.  Then recently I bought a Lenovo Ideapad.  The speakers didn’t work.  Even though it was under warranty there was no way I could afford not having it between shipping back and forth and a week in the shop. So I came up with using a Bluetooth audio receiver that the speaker speakers could plug into.  This worked, except that since I turned off my computer at night, I would have to push the “pairing” button on the receiver every morning to reconnect.  Sometimes this didn’t work and I would have to start all over again.

      I was not satisfied.  I read up on the jack in the Lenovo user guide.   It described the input device as having more connection points than a normal 3.5 mm jack (the rings on the jack that are separated by black insulators. In order for the receptacle to work you need a  cord to separate the functions, microphone and headphones (speakers in my case).  Amazon had this device (of course) as a 3.5 mm audio cable for a bunch of devices and, lastly, NEW VERSION LAPTOP (my caps).  Six Bucks! See picture.  It worked.



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    • #1635006 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Well yeah, it’s the same TRRS connector that’s in lots of mobile phones and such, it has stereo outputs and mic input in a single connector.

      Also those adapters are sold even in grocery stores around here… not brand-specific and also lets you use external speakers and a desk mic with a phone (or tablet) that has the 3.5 mm audio connector, if you want to.

      (My old audio CD player stopped working recently. Replaced it by ripping the CDs to files and repurposing an old Android 4 tablet to play those from sdcard, to external speakers…)

    • #1639032 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Sell in grocery stores..hmmm.  You don’t have to answer, but I can only guess NYC or SF

      • #1654853 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        … huh? Oh, location. Well the local timezone is ahead of UTC, so…

        • #1655417 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger

          You are far, far, far East of me.  Grocery stores are probably very different.

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