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Sound only in right ear bud now. Some headphones don't have sound at all. The same headphones work fine in other MP3 players.

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I had the problem with my e260 where one side of the headphones stopped working unless I wiggled the headphone jack. It turned out to be a cracked solder joint on the headphone connector on the circuit board inside. It's an easy fix and cost nothing. However, you need a small phillips screwdriver and a soldering iron.

  1. Remove the four screws and remove the back cover.
  2. Lift out the battery.
  3. Remove the four tiny phillips screws near the corners.
  4. Lift off the black front cover. You may need to use a fingernail to separate the two covers.
  5. Remove the circuit board by carefully flexing the plastic case away from the lower connector and lift the circuit board out.
  6. Check the solder joints of the headphone jack under a magnifying glass. Resolder any that appear to be cracked.
  7. Remove any fingerprints from the screen and reassemble in the reverse order.
Good luck.

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It happens, just keep trying different head or ear phones till you get the one that will work well(both ears). I have had that kind of challenge before, mind you, the problem is not from the mp3 but from phones.

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