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The sound well i have a ILO and the dumb thing quit working and so i had it formatted and when i went to more music on it the sound sucks BAD you can hear the tune of the song you just cant hear the person singing and that does that with all the songs that i have on the comp. so i dont kno what it could be and its not the head phones cause i tried 4 sets of them.

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I had a similar problem with my ilo 1 GB mp3 player - e.g. sound was very muffled. I have two fixes for this problem, one temporary and diagnostic, and the other permanent. Temp/diagnostic fix: I attached one end of a thin wire (20-24 ga) to the spring in the battery compartment and wound the other end several times around the 'common' portion of the headphone plug (e.g. the part nearest the plastic part of the plug, not the tip or middle portion) and then plugged the headphones into the ilo mp3 player. I then replaced the battery and powered on the mp3 player. The sound was crystal clear! So the problem seemed to be that the 'common' lead of the headphone jack had lost its connection to the 'ground' (e.g. negative battery terminal) and was 'floating'. Since this external wire fixed the problem I proceeded to the permanent fix. Permanent fix: For this fix I used a miniature phillip-head screwdriver and a small soldering iron. This fix required taking the guts of the mp3 player out of the case: I removed the battery cover and the SD card and then removed the three screws (2 that were to the side of the battery, 1 near the SD card slot) and carefully removed the front cover without breaking the plastic tabs near the switch side of the cover. I then removed 2 additional screws that held the PC board/components to the back of the case and carefully removed the guts of the mp3 player. I located the battery spring and found where it was soldered to the PC board. Right next to this (about 2-4 mm) is where the common terminal of the headphone jack was located. Using a small soldering iron, I created a small solder 'bridge' between these two solder lugs - in effect replacing the external wire used in the temporary fix. This grounded the headphone to the negative battery terminal. I then carefully reassembled the player in the reverse order that I had taken it apart. I should have been a little more careful in the reassembly - I neglected to make sure that the small plastic tabs on the 'lock' slide switch button of the case were on either side of the plastic actuator of the slide switch itself and subsequently the plastic switch actuator broke and the 'lock' slide switch is no longer operable (but it is in the 'unlocked' position). I now enjoy a wide range of clear sounding music from my ilo that previously was not listenable! NOTE: this permanent fix is not for the ham-handed or rough and tough fixem types. Plastic breaks if you force it! I do not know if this procedure will solve your problem and I take no responsibility for anyone who attempts these procedures. This is simply a report of how I solved a similar problem with my ilo mp3 player. If you follow these procedures it is at your own risk!

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

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