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Is there ANYWAY I can fix this?! (Headphone Jack problem)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by axeman61, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. axeman61

    axeman61 Thread Starter

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    I don't know how it happened, but the headphone jack on my dell computer got ****** up. I probably kicked it or something, I don't know. All I do know is that it'll now only play audio out of the left channel. I can try to jingle it around to play out of both, but the second I take my hand off, it's lefty again.
    Please, can someone help? This was one of my main gripes with the old crappy computer I had and this one is too new to be going through this crap all over again.
     
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    jd_957 Banned

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    took the liberty to edit your post....lol :p

    sounds like a loose wire. if you are not comfortable working on the inside. take it to someplace that does computer repair and have them look.
     
  3. abbyk

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    Hi

    Sounds like the socket is physically damaged. You could try a DIY repair, but I don't fancy your chances.

    Cheapest/easiest solution, buy a new soundcard (from a few bucks), uninstall or disable current(broken) soundcard, & install the new.

    Well, maybe that's kinda obvious & not what you wanted to hear, but there you go - good luck :)

    abbyk
     
  4. axeman61

    axeman61 Thread Starter

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    I'd have to get a whole different card just because the headphone jack is messed up? No, that's not happening. Give me a link on DIY repair.
    Plus, from just the looks of the sound jack arrangements on this Dell, you can tell it's custom made or something.
     
  5. axeman61

    axeman61 Thread Starter

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    Okay, I've 'fixed' it by putting the headphones in the jack where the speakers would be. It's the same level of sound I had before, with a far decreased probability of ******* up the jack this time. Should I still try to get the front fixed though? I might end up needing it for something considering my luck.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    axeman61, do you suppose you could lose the profanity at the door. You're overworking our message filter. :rolleyes:

    We're a family forum here, thanks for your help in keeping it that way. :)
     
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