Problem with the head phone jack in ipod video 30gb
There is a small jig in my ipod video 30gb. one of the earphones is not working. i tried other headphones that match the jack, but all other showed the same result. music can be heard from only one earphone. how can i repair it?
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First, try using another set of earphones, if that doesnt work, I would try to reset your device. If your on an ipod touch, press and hold the lock button and home button until the device turns off and the apple logo appears, let go and see if that works. If youre on a nano, flick the hold button off then on then off again, then press and hold the center button and menu button, if neither one works, your head phone jack in your device might be bad.
Some devices such as yours have a 4 conductor jack, (used for earphones and microphone) and most earphones have a 3 conductor plug. They are not compatible. This would be my first guess. Second is earphones and earbuds get tossed around, put into pockets, etc. The cords can get damaged, and not be visible from the outside as the wires inside are very delicate. I would try a set that works in a different device.
This is a common problem with the headphone jack - if you google "ipod 30Gb headphone jack repair" there are both places that will replace the jack and places that will sell you the new "ribbon" connector and hold switch and jack (it's all one unit). If you're comfortable opening the iPod and have a TINY (#000) jeweler's philips head screwdriver you can replace the unit with no soldering. It helps if you have patience and small fingers and good light; you'll have to fasten the ribbon connector carefully. I paid under $10 for my last part but I've seen the same part for $30+, so caveat emptor. For that price they should put it in for you...
Have you checked the headphones with another player to ensure that it is the headphones and not the iPod's headphone jack? If not I would greatly recommend doing so. If it is headphone jack on the iPod, this can be replaced rather simply. You can go to:
http://www.rapidrepair.com/shop/1626-headphone-jack-ipod-video.html to view the price of the part and decide if it is worth repairing to you. On the same site you can view a free guide on how to remove the damaged part(s) but also I posted a direct URL below. Simply copy and paste into your web browser's address bar. http://www.rapidrepair.com/guides/Video/videodisassemblyguide.htm
try getting new head phones if the new head phones dont work then it is the jack and u need to get it replaced. If it is the new 2nd gen ipod (has speakers on the bottom) u aren't going to want to check the plug it is dangerous to the ipod to take off the rear or front plate because u can damage the screen or wires and u will have even more things to fix.