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headphone end busted off in headphone jack on laptop


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#1 heavyjavadrinker

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 06:52 PM

I have a Hewlett Packard DV5 laptop that has 2 headphone jacks in the front. You can see in this
picture (not exactly the same model but the exterior looks the same.)

I have a SONY SRS-D21 3 piece speaker system that I plug into the headphone jack.

A week or so ago, i unplugged the headphone male end and tried to reach it to my desktop computer below my computer desk and it wouldn't quite
reach, so i tried lifting the desktop up on an angle and it was being held up by the strength of the chord and after only a few minutes of this, it weakend
the headphone male jack end and the tip broke off! I tried gluing it back on and then put it back in my DV5 to see if it would work and it broke off inside
the headphone jack!

I can still listen to music on my DV5, but now only in mono (just the right speaker).

How would i get that little piece of the male headphone end out of the headphone jack hole? (sorry i don't the technical lingo for these things!)
I was thinking some tiny, tiny sturdy tweezers or something. The guy at the local computer place said i was "screwed" and it can't be done. I
can stick a paper clip in there an wiggle that piece around some, but it won't come out and i don't want to damage anything.

Also, does anyone repair or is there a way to fix the male end of my SONY SRS-D21? or is it now fodder for a landfill?

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:06 PM

Are you good with a soldering iron?
http://www.amazon.com/NYS231BG-3-5mm-Stere...k/dp/B0008JFHII
If you live by a Radio Shack, they should have one

Try this:
The broken pin is hollow inside. Use a toothpick or a small disposable object [straightened out paper clip] that will fit inside the pin.
Use a small drop of Gel-type superglue or epoxy [better] on the end of the toothpick and insert it into the broken off plug
Let it dry for awhile and carefully pull it out

Edited by garmanma, 28 February 2010 - 01:08 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:27 AM

Are you good with a soldering iron?


I've been getting better with one! I have made some repairs with them in the last couple of years, and this
looks like it would be much easier! I didn't even know they sold them this way! This is such vaueable information
you have bestowed upon me!


Do you know where i can get directions on how to do it? and doesn't look like it would be too difficult, but still...


thanks Mark!
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:11 PM

Keep in mind you need to be very careful when stripping the cable and soldering
We are talking about super small gauge here

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General reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS_connector

This might be easier for you:

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 04:57 PM

Mark,

thanks! I just completed doing this. I didn't do to bad of a job for my first attempt either. I bought the male plug down at
Radio Shack and it's a gold-plated fancy pants number. It sounds just as good or better than it did before!

I'm very thankful you helped me out. I knew I didn't have to throw these speakers in the landfill!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:35 PM

Glad to hear it
It's always nice saving money
I just spent 8 bucks and now I have two $100.00 track balls
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