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Headphone jack point

I get sound from 1 speaker but when i press the jack firmly it works ok. however when i let go and move the sound goes back to one speaker again,its so frustrating can i find some one to repair the problem? i live in county Sligo, Ireland

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2008

    Also, this is not a headphone issue. I am having the same problem, my previous samsung did the same thing. =\ It does the same thing w/ all headphones.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    got this too coming from only the right side of my samsung yp k3 its not the headphones if i twist them around and pull em out a bit i get sound from both earphones but its not stereo its mono, i tried re-soldering the jack but no luck =[

  • Segelhurst Jul 15, 2008

    Tried different earphones, but sound is only coming out of 1 ear. Don't know how to fix it. Anyone??

  • Nattts Sep 10, 2008

    Its exactly the same problem with mine! There seems to be no help at all :( Other than that it works fine, and i dont want to have to get a whole new one!

  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    really damn can it fix by radio shack or a storeĀ 


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Dont mean to state the obvious but have you tried another set of earphones? ie.. maybe its a problem with the cable

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  • djermaker Oct 30, 2008

    more than likely the audio jack has become worn and one of the pins is no longer connected to the board properly, however the fact that another user said he soldered the jack and it didnt fix the problem makes me wonder.

  • djermaker Oct 30, 2008

    it might also be a problem with the jack input itself and not the connection to the board. inside there are two bits of metal on either side which clasp onto the jack when you press it in, just check to make sure they are seated properly and not pushed too far so as to inhibit proper contact with the jack.


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