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    Feb 26, 2011
    Sound Problem
    Hi all, This is my first Home computer. I purchased this refurbished iMac. There wasn't a user guide provided. I'm a complete dummy with in comes to any computer. My question is this: got the iMac out of the box hooked it up and there was a sound when it first started. Now I can't get any sound out of this computer. I went into the system preferences clicked on the sound symbol. It stated that there was no devise connected. Do I need to get a pair of speakers for my iMac?

    PS: like I stated My first computer and it is an APPLE!

    Thanks JJunge

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    When an iMac or any Mac computer boots, it gives off a "chime". This tells you that the machine has passed POST (Power On Self Test) and then continues to the desktop.

    You'll only hear that sound when the machine boots not afterward. You can test your sound system by clicking on the small icon in top menu that looks like a speaker. As you move the slider up or down, it will make a noise when it comes to rest. And yes, your iMac has built in speakers. You can read and\or download a user manual from the Apple site.

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    Member Since
    Feb 26, 2011
    I don't have a little speaker on the top or bottom menu. On top I have the bluetooth icon and and the airport icon along with the usual file edit ect..

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Open System Preferences - Sound - put a check mark in 'Show volume in menu bar'.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    chas_m's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    It could POSSIBLY be that the speakers on the refurb'd iMac are defective, but can't tell that yet -- let us know the results of your tests first.

    Congrats on your new purchase btw. Did you get it directly from Apple?

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