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Join Date: May 2004
2004-05-18, 14:40

My iPod 20 GB 2nd generation seems to have an audio jack problem. It basically no longer works. If i plug the headphones (or any other audio cable in) all the way, no sound comes out....if I play with it a bit and push the jack only half way in, I can get one channel of sound and sometimes 2 channels but with low fidelity.

Seeing the iPod mini had problems with the jack expanding or something I'm worried, especially since I'm not under warranty anymore. Then again, with this broken jack i have a 500 dollar paper weight.
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Chicago
2004-05-18, 14:50

And what a paperweight it is

Did you try a different set of phones? If you have no success with that, and you're not under warrantee anymore...why not try prying that sucker open yourself and seeing if its as simple as something coming loose.
Either that or take it into an apple store and see what they have to say. It could be a simple audio out replacement.

Come waste your time with me
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: New York City
2004-05-18, 14:56

Originally Posted by DMBand0026
It could be a simple audio out replacement.

hahahahahah (where is the laughing smiley ?)
real simple....

at least you can still use it as a 20 gig external hard drive....

does the remote still work?

I would pry it open also and see if it is fixable...

see if you can find a dead one on ebay and play around... but don't spend more then $90 or so... any more and I would just save up to get a mini...

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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Minnesota
2004-05-18, 17:47

Don't destroy it just yet. I also have a 2G iPod and I had a similar problem. My headphone jack got really touchy... it wiggled back and forth very easily, and the audio would cut out often. I thought all was lost until I found a fix someone mentioned at the iPod Lounge message boards.

First of all, you need a wired remote, preferably one that you can destroy without caring. No one likes them anyway so that should be easy, and after the fix you won't be able to use a remote with your iPod anyway. What you do is pry it open (pull on the lapel clip) and pull out the little circuit board. You're after a little white plastic ring that holds the remote's headphone jack in place. Remove the ring and jam it into the gap between the headphone jack on your iPod and the chrome body. It should brace the headphone jack and keep it nice and stiffly in place. You can't use a remote anymore, but that's okay because your headphone jack now works. I've had mine like this for weeks with no problems. The headphone jack is rock-solid stable. Unfortunately, it's still a bit loose, but that's minor - sound comes through perfectly 100% of the time.
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