My computer model is an Acer Aspire Timeline U currently running Windows 7 Enterprise.
My headphones are in perfect working order, but recently when I have plugged them into my laptop, the sound comes out of the speakers instead.
I have been to my high school's I.T. department about the matter. They say that there appears to be food inside the headphone jack, and that the switch which activates when headphones are plugged in and deactivates when they are unplugged is failing to activate. According to them, the headphone jack is connected to the motherboard and thus all in all, I will need to cough up $282 to fix the problem. Aside from personal expense, what guarantee do I have that after paying to have the headphone jack fixed it does not end up needing fixing again?
Is there a cheaper way of fixing the problem? What exactly is the problem?