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Subject: Re: left channel trouble, need advice
From: miles (ransomiles_at_earthlink.net)
Date: 2003-06-05


I don't think so, but I have considered this and I did try to "adjust"
the contacts with a screwdriver, truth is, I wasn't sure what
adjustments to make, other than just tightening up the port with some
slight pressure from a pair of needle-nose pliers. Is there a more
specific way to test/adjust the headphone jack?

Mike Holden wrote:

>Could the contact(s) within the headphone socket have become a bit
>mis-aligned? This is something that is apparently quite common with the
>battery contacts in Archos, and a bit of work with a screwdriver can push
>them back to the right location. I have resolved problems in jack sockets
>by this method in the past, but I can't say whether this is the issue here
>or not.
>
>miles said:
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>>BlueChip wrote:
>>
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>>>At 22:18 03/06/03 -0400, you wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>I have an fm recorder and live by the daily builds. I like this
>>>>device, but once I found rockbox by searching for ".ajz" on google I
>>>>haven't put it down, a sincere thank you to the rockbox crew.
>>>>
>>>>Recently the left channel has been cracking and will go out entirely
>>>>if the headphone connection is slightly pushed in just the right
>>>>direction (about 20 degrees up and in the direction of the line in
>>>>port). I like to walk around with it in my pocket and this is making
>>>> listening difficult while on the move.
>>>>
>>>>I can't send it back to Archos since I just upgraded the HD,
>>>>interestingly there was no warranty sticker but I doubt that will get
>>>> me anywhere with their customer dis-service.
>>>>
>>>>So, what can I do to fix this?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>This sounds to me like you have abused the headphone jack - maybe you
>>>dropped the player whilst the phones were plugged in or equal kind of
>>>event(s). If you have 20^ of play on the socket then the chances are
>>>that it is no longer connected to the PCB. And it WOULD most likely
>>>be the L channel that goes!
>>>
>>>If it is, the fix is fiddly, but quite simple.
>>>
>>>Open the unit up and solder the socket back to the pcb!
>>>
>>>You may find that where the socket has come up, that it has lifted the
>>> pcb track.
>>>If so, the fix becomes a bit more fiddly :(
>>>...you cannot simply solder to the pcb track, as it is broken
>>>...clean up an extra bit of track RIGHT next to the socket solder
>>>point - scrape off the resin coat with a screwdriver
>>>...join the already-present solder blob to the newly-cleaned track and
>>> join the two with a tiny bit of wire
>>>...you may also want to put in a spot of hot-plastic; expoxy glue; or
>>>super-glue on the socket to give it a bit of added future stability -
>>>MAKE SURE IT WORKS FIRST! ...superglue is MY preference as it can be
>>>broken without too much hassle; epoxy is kinda permenant; hot-plastic
>>>glue gun things can be removed, but can be a bit of a pain on small
>>>things.
>>>
>>>I just hope you have a basic grasp of how to use a soldering iron - if
>>> not; this is not the place to learn - get a friend to help :)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>Abused is such a strong word, I do confess to getting the cord hooked on
>> a doorknob two months ago, but I did not notice a single click until
>>two days ago, really out of nowhere (thought it was the song I was
>>listening to).
>>
>>The 20 degree angle I mentioned was meant to describe the direction of
>>the force I need to apply to make the channel go out, it's not quite
>>that bad. But if I were to try to perform the fix you just described
>>I'd be looking for a new mp3 player :)
>>
>>It seems like the application of the force is just barely pushing the
>>headphone connection off of the left channel contact, but while the
>>player is stationary I have no problems. I bought an L-adapter for my
>>good headphones and made a little mod to the neoprene case which keeps
>>the headphone connection isolated, and this pretty much works but
>>there's nothing worse than getting into your music and losing a channel,
>> major buzzkill.
>>
>>If there is no easy fix that doesn't require the soldering iron, (which
>>seems doubtful) I'll make sure to give the tech at the electronics
>>repair store a copy of your instructions.
>>
>>Thanks for the help.
>>
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