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headphone port faulty

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  1. kman1000

    kman1000 Thread Starter

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    The headphone port on my Thinkpad z60m 2529 rcu produces "uneven" sound. When I plug in my computer speakers, depending on how I wiggle the input jack the sound changes. If I hold it in the right place then the sound is as it should be. Otherwise, the sound is lower and portions of the music I am listening to is inaudible. I am tested this out on a number of songs and, as an example, I can not hear the bass guitar portions of a lot of the songs unless I put the input jack for my speakers in a very specific position and continue to hold it like that.

    How do I fix this?


    I was googling this and I read some forum posts about others users recommending people like me who have this problem to purchase an external audio device and do not use the internal sound card. They said it will improve the audio too. If I am not able to fix this, should I follow this route?
     
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    That is generally the most common solution as it doesn't require a tear down of the laptop. It may also not be possible to repair the broken port on the laptop or may require a new port or audio header/board. What's probably happened is the either the plastic port is broken and the connect the jack makes is poor or the pins that connect the port to the motherboard have broken loose and aren't making good contact. Using a PC Card, XpressCard, or USB sound card is generally the super fast and 100% effective fix.
     
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    kman1000 Thread Starter

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    What would the alternative entail me doing? Is there a phrase I can google to get instructions on what the process is to fix the problem in the laptop? I'd like to access the level of difficulty to see how I'd like to deal with this issue. Not sure what to search for though.
     
  4. Triple6

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    You should visually examine the connector from the outside using a flash light to see if you can spot anything wrong such as cracks or bent pins inside it.

    Here's the service manual for the laptop: http://tim.id.au/laptops/lenovo/thinkpad z60m.pdf
    It should detail how to disassemble it.

    Once you get at the motherboard, you'll likely need to completely remove it, you'll need to examine the connectors and see if you find the problem. If its loose pins to the motherboard you may be able to re-solder them but if the jack connector housing is cracked or the internal pins are loose or out of place you may have to pop them back in place if possible or replace the connector altogether.

    Also, make sure you have backup of anything you need from the laptop in case anything goes wrong and it no longer works.
     
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