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OS X Mavericks Problems: Audio issues reported by users

Luke Johnson


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Following the software’s official release late last month, a number of OS X Mavericks problems have been reported, with users suggesting a range of audio issues are accompanying the new operating system.

With the new OS X Mavericks software having been launched alongside a revised range of MacBook Pro models and the new iPad Air during Apple’s October 22 launch event, early adopters of the Mac OS have reported the operating system is causing audio to disappear when computers return from sleep mode.

Said to be a widespread issue affecting many OS X Mavericks users, many early adopters have taken to Apple’s support pages to complain about the OS X Mavericks problems.

I updated to Mavericks three days ago but I find that there is no sound output (headphone &speaker) after sleep, even though for 1 second's sleep,” one disgruntled OS X Mavericks users wrote on Apple’s forums. They added: “Every time I need to restart the computer to obtain the sound again.”

Far from the only user to report the OS X Mavericks problems, a further consumer wrote: “I have also had this problem. I find just restarting the machine will sort the issue out, however it's very frustrating having to close all the programs to fix this.”

Although Apple has yet to officially acknowledge the OS X Mavericks problems, a number of workarounds have been suggested for the issue.

One user has claimed that deselecting the “put hard disks to sleep when possible” option in the system’s energy saver preferences helps address the issues.

Apple surprised many when launching OS X Mavericks by making the software update available as a free download. Traditionally manufacturers have put something of a premium on upgrading to the latest comprehensive software releases.

Far from the only issue to befall Apple customers in recent weeks, recent MacBook Pro problems saw the keyboard and trackpads on new models suffer from repeated freezing issues.

Have you been affected by the audio losing OS X Mavericks problems? Let us know via the comments boxes below.

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Grant Fraser

November 4, 2013, 12:18 pm

no problems whatsoever with any of my macs and i have three


November 4, 2013, 1:34 pm

Mavericks doesn't have any particularly killer features. Might as well wait until 10.9.1 before upgrading, and sidestep all the hassles.


November 4, 2013, 2:12 pm

Yea my volume becomes mute when it wakes up from Sleep mode. I have to restart everytime it happens like that.


November 4, 2013, 7:14 pm

Not happy with Apple decision to only allow contacts to sync via iCloud!! Don't want to be made to have my stuff in the cloud!! i want to be able to sync my personal things as before via iTunes.
Apple sort this out!!


November 4, 2013, 9:15 pm

Absolutely. I frequently switch audio inputs and outputs on my Mid 2012 Air - very frustrating that the audio simply isn't recognized. Good to see at least that "restarting" is a way to temporarily "fix" it (old school Windows fix). Hope they correct this soon in a maintenance update

Shankar Iyerh

November 5, 2013, 12:13 pm

I have the audio problem ever since I have installed the firmware update 2.7, before that I had no such issues with Mavericks, However battery performances has been appalling, since the day I installed. Seems like things are taking a turn for worse. Is Apple even concerned? All this and now we hear the OS X VP retires from Apple.


November 6, 2013, 10:38 pm

Mavericks takes my Macbook 2009 1 minute and 30 fucking seconds to boot up compared to snow leopard where it boots up 35-40 seconds! What the hell? I thought this was suppose to be an upgrade, but it feels like a down-grade. This OSX is buggy and they need to fix it!!!! It feels like they weren't ready to release this!

Theodore Mathuram

November 7, 2013, 5:58 am

Am on a rMBP 8G RAM, 256G SSD Mid 2012: I haven't had an issue with the AUDIO, but the random Beach ball when opening tabs in safari, Finder tabs, launching apps: Frustrates me !!! One visible BUG is the constant disappearance of AM/PM near the TIME DISPLAY at the Task bar. :-(


November 7, 2013, 2:12 pm

Still have the same problem...no audio after restarts, and everything else I've tried. Seems to possibly be related to if you are connected to a Thunderbolt Display (?), as I am, and I've seen posts on Apple Support boards of others with the same issues


November 8, 2013, 6:12 am

Yes this issue is NUTS! I have a 2013 13 inch MacBook Air and I'm suffering from no sound after I resume my laptop from sleep. I've just started restarting all the time but I really wish I didn't have to!


November 10, 2013, 3:29 am

Yes all of my 3 macbook airs 2013 editions have this issue. I clean installed 2 of them due to it and 1 is an upgrade. The 2 clean installs have no software installed (I kept it clean to test) at all and still do this. The sound just stops working on all 3 machines. You can turn it up and down, insert headphones etc but no sound actually comes out of the laptops. It's so annoying I've installed 10.8.5 on the machine I had Time Machine backup for (as I honestly cannot be troubleshooting all the time) and the other 2 machines used by family members are stuck on 10.9. I'm praying a fix comes for this. Also finder crashes a fair bit compared to 10.8.5 and I've also noticed things are using 100% CPU a lot of the time and background programs often show as not responding in activity monitor. Overall it's ruined so much time for me and I'm ready to buy a PC if the 10.9.1 doesn't iron everything out, the macs WILL be sold.


November 12, 2013, 12:46 am

I'm getting sound but its cracking whenever audio is being played. What's going on???

Syed Aqeel Haider

November 14, 2013, 7:29 am

I have Apple Mac Book Pro. Same Problem is comming after sleep or plug in headphones, its audio is not working at all. put if i wait for some minutes and do some work on Macbook sound suddenly come back.
Its weird to restart every time. There is an update of Apple but in description its for freezing of keyboard. i dont know what to do. i spend good money on this machine.

James Weir

November 14, 2013, 8:52 am

You have the last ten processors not the Haswells, that's probably the reason you are not experiencing our pain! :)

James Weir

November 14, 2013, 8:54 am

funny you should say that, I have a 2009/8 MBP and noticed when i upgraded to Snow Leopard that instead of a 20 second boot up to desktop, it now took well over a minute! I swear all OS designers do this on purpose to get people to upgrade to newer PCs....

James Weir

November 14, 2013, 8:56 am

Hi Guys,

Just to let you know I have suffered this issue since day 1 of upgrading to Mavericks. This issue seems to be more specific to iMacs boasting the new Haswell CPU. I have engaged with MOTU who make my audio interface and over the last 2 weeks we have been trying to establish the reasons for the loss of sound.

In my case, I start off with sound but after about 2:30 minutes, LEDs 3 and 4 of my analogue out light up, followed by a loud "weeeee" sound from the speakers, then a couple of pops happen from them and nothing. Needless to say MOTU are now buying the New iMac to regression test but this seems to be an Apple issue and not a 3rd party manufacturer issue.

My question to Apple is, what will they do to offer compensation? I have £1600 worth of interface and speakers doing nothing and I am into my 3rd week.


November 15, 2013, 8:24 pm

same deal for me. it also seems to be worse in chrome, to the point of making videos unwatchable.


November 18, 2013, 8:35 pm

Same here on MBA 2013 13". Sucks certain balls.


November 21, 2013, 4:54 am

I have the same problem. Audio doesn't work after my MBA mid-2011 sleeps with Mavericks.


November 27, 2013, 10:47 pm

I just installed Mavericks a few days ago on my imac and it's lost sound numerous times. Rebooting is really inconvenient. I tried quitting the coreaudiod but it just changes the thread count (presuming it stopped momentarily and restarted) - no joy here. I don't want to prevent disk sleep.


December 4, 2013, 9:34 am

I have the same problem; running Mavericks on Macbook Air 2013 model.


December 5, 2013, 2:38 am

Macbook Air 2013 13.3", same sound problem. No sound after going to sleep from speakers or headphones.


December 14, 2013, 11:32 am

I've got no sound coming out from my 2009 27" Core 2 Duo iMac, with or without headphones. And killing "audiocore" doesn't fix it!


December 17, 2013, 12:42 pm

Hello Luke, .. just a late add-on here, picked up early this morning in Europe on your post of 4 Nov., was coincidentally a birthday for me, and now even better a post gift as I was also experiencing this symptom of no sound in OSX Mavericks. I'll assume most readers have by now managed to circumvent this issue, even in running the best of a full-blown 2010 MacPro 2x2.4ghz Quad - still, makes no difference, the symptom is the same and is software imbedded!

Your post indicating that one user claimed via his deselecting the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" in the System Preferences-Energy Saver options did the trick for him as a work-around solution, and so did it work for me also. As an add-on option, I deselected the "Wake for network access" option also.

Thanks for surfacing this post.


December 21, 2013, 12:44 pm

hi,I have recently updated to Mevricks; found out that when I put my mac book air 2013 in sleep mode with head phones, after waking up the computer the sound vanishes even after I removed the head phones. It is very frustration, and every thine this happens I have to restart the computer.

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