Reseting audio output on a Mac to built-in speakers

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I was doing experiences with sound flower. I went to the system settings, sounds, output devices. Interacted with the devices table and vo down arrow till my new agregate device, but something went kind of wrong and I lost voiceover speech. When this happens, I vo up arrow the same number of imes I did vo down and I am back to builtin speakers, but at this time I have really no idea why it did not work, meaning I am without voiceover. So I am looking for a way of reseting my output device to builtin speakers, so that I have voiceover back. I have voiceover only in the login area. Once I login the sound goes away. What can I do about it without eyes around? Marlon



Submitted by Dave82 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
Hi Splyt. I actually had the exact same problem a few days ago when trying to disconnect from my Jambox bluetooth speaker and go back to internal speaker. It must be a bug n the latest update of OSX. I switched off the Jambox, then shut down and restarted the Mac about three times and eventually got sound back. Obviously that's not a satisfactory solution though. Perhaps others can verify or advise? Dave

not for me. When I vo down arrow I stop hearing voiceover. The thing is that a wrong device is already selected and vo is already quiet. Is there a way of writting by hand the device or something like? I have another user setup and for this one vo works perfectly but it's a guest. If I can reset it via this other user or by a different way let me know. Marlon

Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have you tried going in to voiceover utility and going to sound then fixing it that way.

Submitted by splyt on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How could I goto vo menu having no speech to guide me? I suspect this thing happens to folks more than I think and apparently we have no solution. Something very alike happens on windows when for some reason the volume was muted. Their solution was to develop a software that automatically restored the volume to standard settings and I think for this issue I could write a little software to restore the device to the standard one so every time vo looses its speech we would need to issue a command and that would back to normal.

Submitted by Jakob Rosin on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In reply to by Isaac Hebert (not verified)

Hello. Isaac, I don't want to be insulting, but pleas read what the original post / previous comments say before writing. The user tõld us that there is absolutely no speech, thus it is obviously impossible for them to navigate the computer. Now to the actual issue: I have had it happened too. The only way I got back my speech is I had to use a Braille display to get any output from the computer. When you navigate the table of output devices and encouter a device, which the computer is unable to connect to (E.G a bluetooth device, which is not in range,) it pops up a dialog on the screen telling unable to connect to the device blablabla. Now, pressing the topp to the list command obviously doesn't work because the dialog is on the way. By guessing, you could press the bottom command, what would send VO focus to the OK button and press VO space, which would make the dialog go away, but I am not shure if the focus after that is set back to the table. Here's what you could do: 1. Open VoiceOver utility by pressing Vo+f8 (if your function keys have an alternate action, include Fn also in this keystroke.) 2. Vo right once, interact. 3. arrow down 5 times and stop interacting 4. VO right 5 times, press VO space 5.Arrow down once,, press Vo space. 6. VO right 4 times and press VO space. This should be the sequense to set VoiceOver sounds to built in speakers. At least it is so on my mac book running mavericks. I hope it helped, if not, just try this again or we could try to figure out something else.

Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
A PRAM reset at startup might resolve this for you: 
  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears.
  5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
  6. Release the keys.
After resetting NVRAM or PRAM, you may need to reconfigure your settings for speaker volume, screen resolution, startup disk selection, and time zone information.