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Step 1: Your trusty iPod has been a close and reliable friend for a long time but one morning only the sound of air comes through the headphones. The likely culprit is a loose or broken headphone jack that is in need of repair. Rather than spend an exorbitant amount of money to have someone fix it you can easily make the repair on your own and have your iPod friend back. Read on to learn how to fix a broken headphone jack for a fifth generation 30GB or 60GB iPod video.
Open the iPod case with a small flathead screwdriver by slipping it under the centerline of the case. You will find a series of clips you have to release in order for the case to open up about an inch. Locate the headphone jack connection and verify that there are no broken wires. Fix broken wires quickly by twisting the wires back together and wrapping with electrical tape. Test the iPod for sound by connecting your headphones to the jack. Replace the wires completely if you find static coming from the iPod jack. Fold a business card twice so that it wants to unfold and slip it into the case over the blue sponge. This creates the pressure needed to hold the jack in place and allow a solid connection. Push the case together without engaging the clips on the side and test to make sure the jack is now working. Try a thicker business card or fold the first one again to get enough pressure onto the jack connection if the first card didn't fix the problem. Press the case fully together until the clips click into place. Use extra care when inserting your headset to ensure the jack remains in place. DigiExpress - iPod Video / iPod Classic Headphone Jack installation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXXgV6YNGkQ
Try another pair of headphones first to determine if the trouble is the phones or in the player. The wires in the headphone cable are very thin, and flexing at the plug often makes them break inside.
If the problem is in the player, it's usually due to solder connections breaking where the jack joins the circuit board. These connections might be repairable. If you can open the player in the first place (the case on many brands is either glued together or the halves are held together with plastic tabs that are nearly impossible to open without breaking the case), and if the jack has a style of solder tab you can reach with a normal iron (many use a type that requires special soldering equipment), you might be able to resolder the connections. These things were never intended to be repaired, even by the manufacturers. Under warranty they just replace the unit at their expense. Out of warranty, you do.
I tried many good headphones but the problem is still there. Actualy I openned the ipod cover and fixed the connector. This is required handy person to do this task. I am not recommend for those who doesn't have patient and handy to do this fix.
I too had a problem with the headphone jack. It took me a while, and a few scratches on my Sansa C140 case, but I FINALLY figured out how to seperate the case.
1) POP the black top (with the buttons and display cover) off. Get under the edge and pry, working your way around. It's just snapped on.
2) With that cover off, you will see four (4) screws, one on each corner. Remove these. The BOTTOM will now come off (may require a little wiggling to slip the battery terminals out of their grooves).
3) You should now be left with the main board contained within the middle of the plastic case. Removing the board is a CHALLENGE as it is held (not tightly) by a couple of tabs, as well as the headphone jack and the connection port.
Be careful when working to get the board free. I ended up popping two of the solder-tabs off the board for the headphone jack when "prying" the board out of the case. Luckily I was able to fix it when re-soldering the jack to the board. And one of these may have already bad (requiring the repair in the first place).
Reverse the steps to put it back together, again being careful when re-inserting the board back into the casing.
Good luck. Hope this answer still find you in time...
I can't remember - it was such a long time ago.
Here's how I got mine open:
Open up the battery compartment bit and take out the battery. The little door that holds the battery in is made of two parts, a plastic bit and a metal bit. Carefully, pull off the piece of metal (don't worry, the plastic shouldn't break - I've opened mine up a fair few of times and it never has). Once you've got that off, you need to unscrew the bottom two screws and then you should be able to take the case off. If you look at the bottom of the player on the side you put the battery in, you should see a piece of metal poking out from underneath the main casing. You can use this to push the insides of the player out of the case. It will move a bit but then stop, this is because of the little thing for attaching a strap is in the way (on the opposite corner). You need to take this out and then continue pushing the insides out. There will be a small flat cable connecting the buttons to the insides of the player, if you open the little flap holding the cable in place, then you can disconnect it and take the insides all the way out.
I hope this is clear enough
I had the same problem with my SanDisk SDMX1 player. After you remove the battery you can slide down the two plastic endcaps of the MP3 player shell (one end has the headphones and microphone and the other end has the usb input). After you slide both of them off the player can be pulled apart into the two peices of the outer shell and the internal "guts." The spot to resolder was hard to get to with a conventional soldering iron. Since I didn't have one I just heated up a paper clip tip on the stove to red hot and pressed it to the area that needed soldering and rubbed on the solder. My MP3 player now works fine (I was amazed it worked)
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Theres a good posibility that the solder connections are the only thinbg wrong with the connections BUT theres a possibility that the Printed curcuit board its self is a flex board and that the flex connections are torn. If thats the case you probably wont be able to fix the unit. If you can open the unit then you can look at the connections and see if its just plain old solder connections?? Good Luck
nope it never hurts to ask as in this case it seams theres a common problem where the headphone jack has a cold solder connection on the pc board or its broken loose from the pc board itself. Now unless you get instuctions on how to open this unit do not attemt to try!! as its all plastic locking tabs and you need to know where to press to realease these tabs .. I would contact www.samsung.com or call them and see what they have to say as there is probably a flat rate they charge to fix these units