I feel pretty much up sh*t creek right now - I had a gig file open in GP4 where I temporarily ran it with the internal speaker + microphone instead of the audio interface I regularly use.
Now the speaker volume is such that as soon as I open the lid, the whole thing SCREAMS LIKE MAD with feedback; it feels so loud I fear it’ll destroy the speakers in this very expensive laptop.
When it started feedbacking, I slammed the lid in panic, and now I can’t open it without this starting again. If I plug it in to the dock I have access to, I suspect it’ll start feedbacking again, even though the lid is closed.
It doesn’t help to plug in a blank cable to the headphone jack, because GP4 uses the audio inputs & outputs it’s set to, not what the system happens to be using.
Can anybody think of a way out of this? How can I restart the laptop without opening the lid? Is it even possible?
Problem is that the session is open; the play button is pressed, it starts to sound with stuff that’s in the looping plugin I was running. I think I’ll rather have to reach quick as lightning for the volume down button and hold that until it goes silent.
OK, it’s solved. I took a plastic ruler; put a self-sticking furniture felt pad on the underside of it; measured on the wife’s identical laptop exactly where and how far to stick it in to make the felt pad end up precisely on the volume-down key. The whole thing was thin enough that I could get it in place before the lid came high enough to wake the laptop.
As soon as the feedback started, I pressed down and was able to lower the speaker volume to zero - whew …