Laptop Silencer

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Introduction: Laptop Silencer

The point of this project is to keep your laptop quiet. Have you ever been on a plane or in the library and when you went to boot up you couldn't turn the sound off till the OS was loaded and by that time all the fancy loading music had been played loudly? In less than five minutes you can make a device to silence you laptop!

Materials:
1. Old pair of headphones you don't mind destroying
2. Scissors, for destroying old pair of headphones

Step 1: Picking a Pair of Old Hadphones

For this project I chose a pair that came with my sansa, they were crap and stopped playing after 4 months, a perfect candidate. You don't have to use the same ones as me, any pair will do.

Step 2: Cutting the Headphones

This is an extremely easy step, move you scissors to where the headphone jack is and cut off. See pics below for more detail. You should now have something that looks like the second picture.

Step 3: Testing It

Plug your new silencer into the headphone jack on your computer and try playing some music or something with audio. You should,'t hear anything. If so then you did it correctly. If not I have no idea how you could mess something this simple up.

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    Nice instructable and great idea but be careful the copper wires might touch each other and destroy your laptop try keeping the wires longer and wrap some thing around them like tape to avoid short circuit

    Why not use a headphone adapter without plugging in the head phones?

    There is an easier way MUTE your come BEFORE turning it off it will be silent then 

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    but what if you dont want to mute it? what if you want to be creative and make this?

    my idea is for people who are cheap(me) and dont want to spend a few dollars on headphones

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    what if u already have some? or find some? then its free.

    I saw a 1/8 plug at radioshak for like $2.99. Perhaps, that works better.

    Neither the output voltage nor the current would kill you. But if the copper of the wires touches one another you can fry your notebook's amp.
    Short circuits aren't good for these things.
    It might be a better idea to leave the wires a bit longer and properly insulate them. Then you could bend them to position them aside the plug body and put some insulation tape around the whole thing to keep it together.
    It would be somewhat safer for the amp.

    Or you could just go to an electronics store and buy one of these plugs. They aren't that expensive. ;)

    Oh BTW, nice idea!

     Hehehe, Hope I'll hear it again some day.

    GUi is like butter yeah? Makes it torable? Hmmm. More food/PC cross-overs.

    Okay. You make sense. Not technically BIOS, but close?

    i agree, it is AWESOME, but you can turn down the volume of your start up by accessing your BIOS. 1) Access your BIOS 2) find the right category that has "start up volume" 3) turn down your volume 4) save settings and shut down

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    Mac doesn't have BIOS. Or does it? :p

    Every computer has a BIOS, it might not be called BIOS but it does exactly the same thing. A computer would not boot if it had no BIOS, I can garuntee that it's there although you might not be able to access it. I'm not a mac user so I eouldn't know but I'm guessing there will be some key combination you press at startup to get into it, either that or you can access it through a prompt in the main OS although I boubt this since if you cannot get into your OS you won't be able to change what could be causing the fault in the first place since it could be a problem with the BIOS, for example it could have been told to boot from a USB

    I'll Belive mythbusterma

    I'm serious, every sinlge computer you ever saw (appart from calculators and things) has a BIOS, it's just a fact. Live with it

    AGAIN I BELIEVE mythbusterma!!!

    no but it has a GUI similar to BIOS but the name escapes me