Laptop Silencer





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!

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 

    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


    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!