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Subject: Re: Possible Loose Ear Out connector
From: scott (die_pokemon_die123_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 2003-11-05


> I own a FMR 20 and yesturday I noticed that slight shifts in the headphone
> OR audio cable connected to the ear out hole makes the right channel cut out
> for a moment; solution: tap the cable again. I suspect I screwed up the
> internal components of the ear out connector somehow. (I.E., the connector
> seems a bit loose when something is connected)

i have this problem also, only in a more advanced stage. it is definitely a loose jack, mine
wiggles quite a bit now. i've found about 6 different functions which it can be wiggled to, which
i think is pretty interesting. they are: no sound, left channel only, right channel only, both
channels but only higher frequencies (typically singing and/or guitar), both channels but only
lower frequencies (typically drums, bass, etc.), and both channels normal. at first a thought it
was the headphones, as having to fiddle with the connector to get both channels is a fairly common
practice, depending on the quality of the headphones, but realized it wasn't when i used them with
something else. i've almost mastered the technique of holding the jack to the right place, but
it's still terribly annoying.

> So, what're my options here?
> Anyone know how, or of a way to get this fixed? I suppose I could live with
> this, but ah so annoying to have to keep shifting the headphone cable.
> My EE skills are a bit lax so I haven't done any of the mods; probably can't
> resolder the device myself if that is the problem. Any freelance hardware
> people? ;)~~

my guess is that a re-soldering would fix this, but you have to take the haves apart--which
requires un-soldering the 7 points--to get access to it. this seems to be a fairly common problem,
so i'm sure _someone_ has found and fixed the problem before. one of the nice things about the
archos is, while they seem to break a lot, they are relatively easy to fix (compared to, say, an
ipod). a good start would be to search the mail archives for something like this. i seem to recall
reading something similar a few months back.

> solarcide - Nathaniel

-scott

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