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Earphone jack has a short.

After playing perfectly for months my player began to lose fidelity. I replaced the ear phones but it kept getting worse and now I can barely hear anything. But when I press the connector as hard as i can it sounds fine. My conclusion is that I have a short or loose connection in the earphone jack. Can anyone out there give me a clue as to what to do about this? Thanks...

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Take it apart resolder the connections. if the jack itself is bad see if you can find a new one. never worked on something that small myself, but should be fairly straighforward

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