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Mp3 player repair

My daughters mp3 player seems to have a loose connection with the headphone jack.

although i am great with a soldering iron, I am completely blank on how to get this thing open to repair it.


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  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    when i plug the headphones in the headphone jack and try to play music it only comes through on one side,but if i push it a certain way it comes through on the other side scratchy.what do i do?!

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    stupid thing is loose in the headphone jack, and is really annoying doesnt play unless i keep constant pressure. im getting a zune, this thing sucks.


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I just took mine apart using this:

If this doesn't work for yours, I suggest using the model name/# with "disassemble" or even "take apart" as search terms in Google.

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