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Thursday, 9 August 2007

one-legged MP3 player (or how to fix the H320/H340's headphone socket!

Over the past few days, I've been rather frustrated with the headphone socket of my beloved iriver H320; it's been losing the left-hand channel, needing a wobble of the plug to make good contact.

my iriver H320's broken headphone socketI decided today to take a look at the fine forums at misticriver.net; the very useful H3xx FAQ forum included a post about tightening up the plug contacts, but this didn't do it.

However, it was after reading another forum post - that I concluded that the end of the headphone socket may have come away from the main circuit board.

After dismantling the device (something I'd done once before to replace the hard drive, so it wasn't too daunting a task) I cheekily asked one of my soldering-expert colleaguest to apply a small amount of solder paste to the join; the result? Success! I can now listen to my podcasts and music without physical irritation!

Posted by james at August 9, 2007 1:53 PM

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