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How to open case?

My headphone jack is loose. I'd like to try and repair it, but I can not get the case apart. I removed the two visible screws next to battery but the player does not want to come apart. Any suggestions?

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  • Jon Walsh Aug 22, 2006

    I tried forcing it and .....

    Pull out on the sides with a small flat top while pulling up on the back plate. Careful, the trim is easily cracked. There are plastic slot/grooves on the right/left at mid and top sections of cover. Pulling the sides out will free these. There is another slot/groove at the top center. Pulling the cover back will free this one. When replacing the cover do the above in reverse.

    I removed the cover twice.

    Soldering a visibly loose jack pin fixed the problem.

    It came loose again shortly after (I used wrong soldering tip) so I redid the job with more solder and epoxy.

    Note if you have a loose headphone jack this can be an easily repaired if you have a soldering iron and a bit of solder - choose an iron with a small tip for fine work.

    Unfortunately, I cracked my display shortly after but the player still works without the display.

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***THIS MAY NOT BE THE CORRECT ANSWER, IM SHARING MY EXPERENICE*** Well, i have same MP3 player, and i dropped it going about 25 on a bike, and it pretty much all came apart, so im assuming it's glued, and clipped together,

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