My headphone jack is loose. I'd like to try and repair it, but I can not get the case apart.
I removed the two visible screws next to battery but the player does not want to come apart.
***THIS MAY NOT BE THE CORRECT ANSWER, IM SHARING MY EXPERENICE***
Well, i have same MP3 player, and i dropped it going about 25 on a bike, and it pretty much all came apart, so im assuming it's glued, and clipped together,
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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
I was researching a similar answer and discovered that the left side ear piece actually is actually held together with 3 torx screws that are visible upon removing the ear pad and the padding surrounding the driver. I haven't had a chance to attempt a fix yet but remove those screws and see if you can open the ear piece.
The two rubber dimples on the other end of the back side of the unit can be removed to expose a pair of screws. At that point the cover can be removed., Pushing in on the sides of the case will help the side and top catches release.
Once onside you can see 2 more screws on the top (head phone jack) end that will allow the board to come up.
But at that point you better be good with SMT. The headphone jack is fed by feed throughs to pads that are likely ripped off.
That would be the base-unit cover you are asking about. I don't know how "repairable" the headphone jack is. You ask about "reconnecting" it, but it's soldered onto the main PCB. If it's a problem like you describe, it is possible that the jack unit itself has some internal damage, and the only way to fix it would be to remove and replace it.
Nonetheless, in answer to your question, to remove that rear cover, look at the "back" of the base, i.e. the opposite side from the QWERTY keyboard. Remove the battery, and you'll see 2 small Phillips screws. Use a #0 or #00 Phillips screwdriver to remove these. Then pull out the 3 hole plugs along the edge of the case nearest the hinge, and remove these 3 Phillips screws as well.
Now the case is no longer screwed down, but the two sides are held together by the typical internal tabs and slots you find on 2-piece plastic cases. You'll have to pry it carefully apart and feel your way around to find each of those clip points. It's easy to damage or break the case in this operation unless you have some kind of appropriate prying instrument, so be careful!
Having said all that, I don't know if you'll be able to do much repair on the headphone jack, other than replacing it, if you have the skills and can find a replacement part.
Also remove the battery and any other removeable plates below the notebook to check for additional screws. Check if there are any rubberized "feet" or plugs covering access to still more screws. Keep screws and their locations organized in case they are different length.
yes, you need to remove the roller (prod with screw driver at its base) then the plastic covers from the top and bottom of the dj must come off. this will expose eight screws total. remove them. then push the motherboard and the harddrive and bettery up through the case/shell. you will see the bad connections between the jack and the motherboard, solder them again to reestablish the connection. re assemble.
i am not saying this will not harm the dj, i did it a bit differently and screwed mine up. bestofluck
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...
It sounds like the headphone socket is sticking/defective. When you insert the jack into the socket a contact is broken to disable the external speakers, when you remove the jack the connection is resumed.
Due to the amount of work this will take and the possibility of causing other problems in the process I would check to see if the warranty is still in effect first. If not then the next thing to ask is do you have the tools, mechanical aptitude, patience and ability to risk damaging your laptop to do this yourself?
If you want to go the do it yourself route let me know and I?ll post some disassembly instructions later tonight otherwise please don?t forget to rate the posting.
I tried forcing it and .....
Pull out on the sides with a small flat top while pulling up on the back plate. Careful, the trim is easily cracked. There are plastic slot/grooves on the right/left at mid and top sections of cover. Pulling the sides out will free these. There is another slot/groove at the top center. Pulling the cover back will free this one. When replacing the cover do the above in reverse.
I removed the cover twice.
Soldering a visibly loose jack pin fixed the problem.
It came loose again shortly after (I used wrong soldering tip) so I redid the job with more solder and epoxy.
Note if you have a loose headphone jack this can be an easily repaired if you have a soldering iron and a bit of solder - choose an iron with a small tip for fine work.
Unfortunately, I cracked my display shortly after but the player still works without the display.