As my profile would indicate, I'm new to the forum and have not tried to make friends, and that's for two reasons: I am in urgent need of help and I have very little technical knowhow
Anyhow, coming to my concern:
I own a pair of earphones that come with Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-i9195). I have had them for less than 2 months and they have malfunctioned, such that no sound comes out of the right channel of the earphone. None at all; not even when I move the jack around, fiddle with the wire at 90 degrees, blow into the headphone jack, clean the jack, you name it. Hence, I don't believe it is a broken wire issue because I've had those, and I could usually get sound to come back with I fiddled with the wire or the contacts, at least initially, but this time I don't even hear static. I have played with the mono/stereo and sound balance settings on my phone as well.
It could be a water problem; my nieces have a habit of chewing on my stuff, and though this has never (and I mean never) caused problems with my devices, this just might be my bad day. That's why I dried them out in white rice and even used 70% isopropanol to clean it up after, hoping it would dry out, but it didn't change a thing.
The problem is persistent with my computer and the Samsung mobile that comes with it. This problem does not occur with a different pair of earphones.
What gives me hope that it may get up working again is that the right channel contains the control panel of the earphones (the on/off button, and the volume control) which works perfectly fine. I am no electrician in this regard but I believe that means that the wire is functional (to some extent?). The sound that does come (from the left channel) is loud and clear, no puns intended.
I know that the easiest solution (especially after such a hassle) would be to buy a new pair of earphones, but the fact is that these are not my earphones or cellphone. I've borrowed them from someone for a while and I would like to find a way to solve this issue than to buy a new pair, which would reveal to them that I screwed this up (which would...well, screw me up). I can't get a genuine duplicate/original pair of Samsung earphones where I live, I purchased all my electronics abroad and would not be able to get replacements for a while.
In this 'dramatic predicament' I hope I find a helping hand. I'm happy to provide information relevant to this issue. Thanks!
Edited by Chingoo_92, 03 December 2013 - 10:17 AM.