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Old April 8, 2008, 07:26 PM
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Default 5th gen ipod headphone jack...

so i've had this ipod for only a year, and it has been treated very well, but now the headphone jack outputs only one channel unless you push the headphone plug to one side (rather forcefully i might add). Obviously this is annoying as hell...I was wondering if anyone knows of a solution to this? I found this cable the SiK store: imp that would let me use the dock connector for output, but are there any other options? or do I have to buy another player?
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Old April 8, 2008, 08:47 PM
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If you have the guts you could open it up an re-solder the headphone jack connectors.(At least that is what sounds to be the issue.)
What are the warranties like on those iPods? Is it still covered?
Buying a new one is an option but personally I would go for that cable first.

This is what I would do in such a situation:
1. Check for warranty.
2. Try to fix it myself. *pets soldering iron*
3. Get that cable you mentioned.
4. Replace iPod.

Of course for those who do not want to go digging around in their iPod numbers 2 and 3 should be swapped. If your iPod is not currently under warranty or they won't cover it for some reason I would be willing to bet that a "repair" would cost more than that cable.


By the way, if you leave the jack in the default position and rotate it around is there any static or cutting in/out of that other channel? (Just checking)
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Old April 8, 2008, 09:16 PM
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in the greatest of ironies, the warranty on the ipod is 1 year. Which means it ran out about 2 weeks ago. As for soldering, I've been reading around and it looks like you have to solder traces, which, given my limited experience is an ipod deathsentence :P
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Then get that cable, it is sounding like a good option for you and is relatively cheap as well as useful. Make sure you get some soldering practice in on other cheap hardware though if you think you might eventually want to play with that iPod.
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Old April 9, 2008, 05:15 AM
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This might sound obvious, but try using another set of headphones if you haven't already. My old iPod Mini had nearly the exact same problem, then I picked up some cheap ear buds and it worked fine.
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Old April 9, 2008, 05:35 AM
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Yea, that is what I was getting at with the end of my first post. I must admit though, if he can only push in one direction to make it work it sounds like the issue is with the jack. *sounds*
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-Raises hand, can solder traces, etc- IF you need
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