Have been using the laptop for about a year. NB305 has very poor speakers out of the box. But the volume was audible for all practical purposes. I used the headphones when listening to songs or watching movies. A couple of days back when I started my netbook and proceeded to play some songs I found that though the volume was turned up in the Volume Control, I could hear no sound.
On holding my ear close to the netbook speaker, I can hear a feeble but clear sound. When nothing is being played I can hear "static"(with my ear near the speaker). I get no sound from the headphone jack and I have tried multiple working headphones. On plugging the headphone in, I am prompted to select whether it's an headphhone or a line in. But there is no sound from the headphones.
I uninstalled and reinstalled the device drivers. I installed the latest drivers from Realtek's website. I enabled Loudness Equalization from the Realtek HD audio manager control panel applet. I enabled the equalizer and manually maxed everything, but the speaker volume remains feeble and the headphones get no love. I have to try external speakers though.
Model: Toshiba NB305 Netbook
OS: Windows 7 Starter
Driver installed 6.00.0001.6410 dated 7/7//2011
Problem: Low sound from netbook speakers and none from headphones, was normal previously.
I have been using a bluetooth headset through which the audio works fine. I have used external speakers, connected through the headphone jack, without success.
Link to nb300 service: manual http://tim.id.au/laptops/toshiba/nb300.pdf According to the service manual, the solution is to replace the motherboard. Since the netbook is out of warranty, can anyone suggest a cheaper workaround? Bluetooth seems to be the way to go for now, but the constant recharging of bluetooth headsets gets to me.