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Headphones plug not working right. can hear only from one, even if connectec to speakers

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    same only 1 ear works:(

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Um.. but sometimes this can just be caused by broken connections between the headphone jack and the circuit board, and can be fixed by a bit of soldering? Right?

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

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That is a common problem with Mp3 players - unfortunately, no one that I know of yet has been successful in repairing this issue, b/c the manufacturers do not sell the component parts. I'm afraid this Mp3 player will have to be replaced, even though only the headphone jack and associated circuit are bad.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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