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  1. filburt1

    filburt1 Peasant

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    Obviously the speakers in my iBook are lame like any laptop would be, and I get tired of wearing earphones. Problem is that when I hook up my iBook to my Harmon-Kardon HK-595 speakers with (IIRC) 40 watt subwoofer the thing puts out practically no bass. When I play with the equilizer in iTunes it just distorts it.

    In Windows XP I can just use the volume control advanced controls to pump up the bass and treble all the way but I can't find a similar thing here.

    :(
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    i have no problems with external speakers on my iBook. how is the quality of the mp3 you are playing?
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    It's many MP3s and they're all at a bare minimum 128kbps or better that sound perfect on my PC.

    BTW I turned off iTune's "sound enhancer" and retweaked the equalizer and it helped, but not that much.
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    hmm, there is an old audio update for iBooks, but i don't think yours needs it.

    apple.com -> Support -> Downloads -> Updates by Product -> iBook

    second one in the list. if your iBook doesn't need it then it should say something like "your computer doesn't need this update when you try to install it."
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Sure is old...I thought Software Update would catch this sort of th ing?

    Trying now just in case :)
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Bah, it opens it in Classic so that's obviously not it ;)
     
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    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    ya it should
     
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    Your ibook obviously doesn't put enough power out of the speaker port. It's the same effect as if you plugged your 5.1 speakers into a discman. No bass. Unless it's self-powered.
     
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    there was a hint on www.macosxhints.com a while ago that basically confirmed that iBook sound sucks. they gave instructions to a workaround, which is to use the 10.1.3 or .4 (can't remember) sound driver. i can't find the hint now, though, so maybe they pulled it or something.
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Any tutorial on how stupid people can do this? ;)
     
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    download the 10.1.3 update from www.apple.com, but obviously don't install. download Pacifist from www.versiontracker.com and open the 10.1.3 .pkg with it. poke around the archive and look for AppleOnboardAudio.kext, it should be in the /System/Library/Extensions folder. extract it to your desktop. go into the Terminal. type this:
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    sudo mv /System/Library/Extensions/AppleOnboardAudio.kext ~/Desktop/OldAppleOnBoardAudio.kext
    sudo mv ~/Desktop/AppleOnBoardAudio.kext /System/Library/Extensions/
    
    then restart, and all should be well. you'll have the old onboard audio kernel extension on your desktop.
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Now remember I'm already running 10.1.5, not Jaguar, and that hint was for Jaguar...is it still applicable to me before I break my computer? :)
     
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    yuh huh!
    and remember, you've got a backup, so you'd be able to fixxor should you need to.
     
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    filburt1 Peasant

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    Will h4x0r the lappy tomorrow then, it's busy right now with other processor-intensive tasks.
     

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