That's weird ok and indicates bad hardware - not that it's breakin apart but that it's a bad design.
Somehow the extra capacitance or inductance from the cable disturbs the motherboard enough for the sound to flip out. I'm not quite sure you will ever get sound with the cable connected
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sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart
should restart alsa (obviously)
To restart pulse audio I have not found anything except log out and back in or reboot...