Troubleshooting your Chromebook Headphones

Chromebooks are the latest innovation flooding the markets but even they can have some headphone problems associated with them. Although the headphone plugin process is the same as all other devices, there are some details that you can check when faced with headphone difficulties. Sometimes the problem is very simple, but at other times you might need to go into a bit of tedious work.

Are your headphones selected?

Maybe your problem can end even before it begins! Perhaps the headphones have been put in the jack but your system has not accepted them yet. On the right bottom corner of the chromebook, you can see the time, profile and other icons. One of them is the system tray. You can assess that to determine whether your headphones are selected or not. If they are not, merely click on the name and they’ll become functional.  At other times, they have been selected but the volume is muted. So you just need to unmute and raise the volume for them to start blaring sound.

Make sure the headphone are firmly plugged in

Make sure that the headphone is plugged in correctly. Many a times, you are worrying about the functionality of the headphones when they just haven’t been inserted in the jack correctly. Chromebooks are known to have slightly different jacks than normal devices so it’s natural that you might not be accustomed to how to insert the plug. Give it a tight push till you hear the sound of it inserting, and then use them. You can also try reinserting them after once removing them.

Alter the chromebook:

Maybe the problem lies with the chromebook. You can restart it to see if the headphones start working. Secondly, other cords and cables can disable the headphones so make sure the chromebook is HDMI free. Thirdly, you can close the lid of the chromebook for a few minutes and then lift it. Sometimes the device has overheated and can’t perform all functions. Giving it a rest can help I perform faster and enable the headphones. If the problem persists and the headphones work on other devices, you might need to reset your chromebook as a whole.

Try a changed set of headphones

If none of the above actions work, you might be facing a case of malfunctioning headphones. Many technical issues can be the reason of this malfunctioning and here it is important that you try to resolve the issue before buying a new set. The foremost act must be identifying the issue at hand:

Identifying the issue:

  1. Plug in the headphones to your device and curve the cable all over the place to see if you can hear any sort of sound through it. If the answer is yes, it means that the cable is out of order.
  2. Put on the headphones and push/alter the plug round the jack. If they start working, it means that the plug has run out of business.
  3. Remove the earpiece from the cable and attempt another earpiece. If it works, then it shows that your earpiece has the error.
  4. If you sense that the problem has gone further than these little catches it is better if you refer these to an expert to be fixed as a substitute of spending useless time and cash.
  5. Assess the charge of repair, and compare to the prices of brand new headphones. If the prices are very near, buying a new set shall be more economical. Nonetheless, if they have a massive difference, you can attempt to repair them on your own.

Fixing the Cable:

  1. Remove the external of the wire to uncover the wrecked part of the wire i.e. approximately 1.25cm. Underneath the tubing will be an insulated wire which is the signal and the bare one that is the ground.
  2. Insert shrinking rubber tubing over the exposed wire; the use of which shall be seen at the end of this section.
  3. Connecting the wires together is the next step, where the color code of the insulated wires is equivalent.
  4. Make sure that the wires are not touching each other because then the headphones will not work properly.
  5. In the consequent step, use a soldering iron to melt solder over the wires you joined and let them dry in the air. As soon as it is cooled, use a decent tape to cover up the wires together.

Fixing a Broken Plug:

  1. Based on the form of plug, you can either screw it off without difficulty or you must cut it off because they have been factory manufactured by glue.
  2. At this instant put the fresh spring over the cable, as well as rubber tubing. Begin the connections; the simple copper wire is attached to the lengthiest metal segment. The other two pins are joined with the two insulated wires inside.
  3. Now by means of your soldering iron, you must put solder on the pins and melt it. Repeat this process for all the wires.
  4. Re-adjust the cap over the pins to make the headphones work.

Fixing the Earpiece:

  1. Take the stuffing off tenderly, ensuring that they are not dislocated and look for the screws that are there to hold the instrument together.
  2. Loosen the pieces. Then inset any minor lever or instrument underneath the cap and give a tiny push uphill so that the cap comes off. This is a gentle procedure that can harm the earpiece if done hastily.
  3. See if any of the wires are not attached correctly. Just put the wires back into their normal places and the headphones will work just fine. If two wires or more are disordered, consult a guidebook before reattachment.

All in all chromebooks are making it big in the markets, and their headphones are just a minor detail that you can either fix by a few tricks up your sleeve. There is no need to add your cash into this matter in huge amounts or to be bothered by repair shops.

The Benefits of Using Chromebooks

What are Chromebooks?


A Chromebook is basically a laptop that has chrome as its operating system instead of windows. It can be used when the Internet is available with cloud storage as the main medium of storing data. After being introduced to the general public, one of the major customers were schools. This is because in light of the recent advancements in science, schools are also looking forward to increase their student output in terms of creativity, cooperation, intellect and of course up-to-date citizens; a Chromebook has all the essentials that can help them achieve this level of productivity. Here are some of the main benefits of Chromebooks:

  1. They are low-priced: A major advantage of preferring a Chromebook to a laptop is the difference of price. Chromebooks are available in a very affordable range i.e. barely $150, therefore not only are they making great waves in educational institutes but also tech-related offices. 
  1. They are fast: A total of six to eight seconds are needed to kick-start the device, which is quite impressive to say the least. This property is owed to its SSD hard drives and the expedient OS. If you’re in a hurry to check something on the internet you can be full aware of the subject in less than a minute given the swiftness of this device.
  1. They are user-friendly: They have been designed as such that the user finds it easy to navigate. Apart from constantly being updated in the background, their batteries last up to eight hours all the while being tremendously light-weight and therefore, handy. Students can carry them to their schools, employees can pack them up in an office bag and you can even take them when you go traveling! Supplementary to that, other features are also comprehendible by the layman.
  1. Controllable by manager: That’s not all; user control can be managed by the institute installing them and they can install the apps of their choice, block access to certain websites and monitor what the user is doing on the Chromebook henceforth it is a very convenient device. For parents, who want to keep a strict check on their child’s online activities, this can provide a lending hand; similarly for the top management to keep an eye on how the employees are progressing. 
  1. They offer personal profiling: Just like laptop windows can create different profiles for each user, so can Chromebooks. Every user whether it be a student or an employee can have his personal profile that can be supervised by those in charge. Furthermore, sharing is also a possibility because the innate security software prevents any sort of malware to attack. Virus protection, safety encryptions, sandboxing are just some of the security checks they offer.
  1. Data safety is enabled: All your files, information, data is not saved on the ‘hard disk’ that can be prone to damage, rendering all your work useless. Chromebooks save your working on ‘cloud’ storage meaning that no physical damage like breaking your Chromebook can harm your data. That’s not all; even having it stolen won’t wash your data away because your personal profile can be managed on any other of the devices given that you remember the nicks and crooks of it.
  1. Google collaboration:  Chromebooks are optimized with Google apps ranging from Gmail to Calendars and so on. If you’re already accustomed to this, you can work better. However, if you are not so used to Google apps you might need some time to learn, but they will make life easier because all your information will be uniform no matter what device you use to access it.
  1. Offline usage possible: While many apps are not available to be used offline, the Chromebook has a store of more than 200 apps that can even be used when no Wi-Fi signals are in the vicinity. In addition, android is also formulating apps that shall be used on the device without internet facility. This will make it a perfect device that even uses apps without connection to the World Wide Web.
  1. Power of Resistance:  These Chromebooks are resistant to dropping, scratching and scraping. Technology testing has proven that a 48 inches drop to a wooden plank kept the Chromebook working without a graze! The Chromebook can also endure extreme temperatures that are in the range of minus 20.2 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with humidity, quivering, rainfall, soil particles and dust. Tiny water spills are also survived by these, however, this doesn’t mean you can spill your morning tea over it and expect it to stay alive. 
  1. Syncing your account: Since these Chromebooks use chrome and can create personal profiles, they can be synced to any computer anywhere in this world that uses chrome as a browser. Your login details are all you need to know in order to transfer your information from one computer to the other without hassle.
  1. Perks of a laptop: Although technically speaking, Chromebooks are not laptops but almost everything you can do on a laptop is also possible on these. Whether it is social media networking, or video chatting with your peers, song downloads, movie torrents, photo editing all are possible because you’re directly connected to the Internet world.
  1. Added bonuses and incentives:
    Apart from the OK Google voice searching, you can also use the onscreen desktop! This means that the touch screen is activated and you can scrawl on the screen with your finger and the app will convert your scribbles into writing on the screen. Many a tests have been performed to check whether the app picks up the correct words and yes it does! (unless of course your writing is atrocious)

All in all, everything on this planet has its advantages and also some shortcomings. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to purchase a Chromebook or invest into a laptop, based on these qualities of this easily usable, internet connected, portable and sleek Chromebooks that are the latest sensations in the world of technology.

 

 

What are the benefits of Chromebooks vs. Traditional Laptops?

Every digital marvel seems to take things higher and higher. When it comes to Chromebooks and traditional laptops, you can find them in use in the classrooms across the globe. Teachers use them both for data analysis, accessing real-time data on student performance, for training and more. Data analysis can help the teacher to zero in on students who need more tutoring, or on content that needs to be re-taught. When it comes to the pros and cons of each, there are some benefits found with the Chromebook that is not available with traditional laptops. Read on for more.

Interactive features are said to be stronger with Chromebooks. According to Turning Technologies, both creating and collaborating are more feasible on the Chromebook. Many tools for such actions are part of the Google suite of services, such as Google Classroom. Certainly it can be accessed from a laptop, but not with the same flowing ease.

Whatis, a website that describes the features of technology indicated that the Chromebook is a Google product, that is essentially a thin laptop with Chrome OS as its operating system. It mentions that the device is considered a browser-in-a-box because it is the sole software app that Chrome OS can run locally. Laptops (other than Chromebooks) do not have this configuration. As the website indicates, another nickname for Chromebooks is “cloudbooks,” due to the fact that Google’s virtual servers are where videos, images, documents and the owner’s other applications are stored. With a regular laptop, the owner/user has to store things on the cloud by creating or accessing a cloud-based account – in other words it is not automatic.

Not having data stored on the Chromebook means that if the owner/user loses their device, the information remains secured because they are associated with the user’s Google account. Not so with regular laptops.

Quip.com and similar online tools that have some capabilities of Google Classroom are accessible on either device, but they are not classroom specific and have broader applications for the corporate world than for the classroom. This means the educator has to tweak the tools to make them work optimally on their device.

There’s also a brighter screen on Chromebooks, as well as instant resume from sleep mode, fast boot time (because it goes directly to the browser) and one high speed USB port. The classroom teacher and student is always time conscious. Because of this, the quick work of the Chromebook can mean more productivity in the classroom. Those minutes add up. This may be especially true for the higher grades where students have to switch classes.

On Wiki Ezvid, they write about the top 10 laptops for classrooms. Chromebooks show up as number 10 and number 9, the highest two ranks. One is the Acer Chromebook 15 and the other is the Toshiba Chromebook 2.

According to their government website, the state of main reached an agreement with Apple computers to provide laptops to all students in middle and high school in 2000. They refer to this arrangement as the Main Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). With such an agreement, they wanted integrated learning results and teacher education and preparation to be 2 of the 5 goals. According to the website, it began with a surplus being provided to schools one time, and then expanded from there when the governor realized that education was needed to take some giant steps in order to better prepare students by providing them with laptops. The site also reports four successful years, and renewal of the contract up to 2013, when the initiative ended. Hewlett Packard won the contract after that. These were all regular laptops (Apple and Hewlett Packard), not Chromebooks, so this is proof positive that some are finding the regular laptop to be an outlier performer for schoolroom applications, even though they are not Chromebooks.