Broken Headphone jack?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by BobTheJoeBob, Aug 23, 2011.

Aug 23, 2011

Broken Headphone jack? by BobTheJoeBob at 4:30 PM (789 Views / 0 Likes) 11 replies

  1. BobTheJoeBob
    OP

    Member BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,691
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I've had this problem ever since I built this computer, and although it's not serious, it's very inconvenient.

    Anyway, for whatever reason, when I plug in ear phones/headphones in to the headphone jack, the left side is much weaker then the right side. Fiddling around with it while it's in usually fixes it in, but this can take a long time and it's extremely annoying. I opened up the computer and I can't see any visible problems, so, any suggestions?

    PS: I've tried this with multiple headphones and ear phones, all get the same problem.
     
  2. Zetta_x

    Member Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,844
    Country:
    United States
    Is this with a front panel headphone jack or on the IO panel?
     
  3. Nathan Drake

    Member Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    6,192
    Country:
    Antarctica
    Also, have you tried blowing out the headphone jack? The one on this computer was doing that when it was dusty.
     
  4. BobTheJoeBob
    OP

    Member BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,691
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'll try that now.

    EDIT: No luck.
    It seems to work fine if I pull it up a bit, right now I have something under the headphone thingmajig to keep it up.
     
  5. moose3

    Member moose3 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    NC
    Country:
    United States
    Sounds like it was a manufacturing defect. If it's out of warranty and you can get access to the back of the faceplate, you could probably replace it if you can find a similar one online. Assuming you know how to work a soldering iron and hot glue gun.
     
  6. Zetta_x

    Member Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,844
    Country:
    United States
    Normally on desktops, the front panel headphones connect to the mother board using HD audio or AC 97.

    Does the IO panel have an headphone jack and does it produce the same problems?
     
  7. BobTheJoeBob
    OP

    Member BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,691
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The back panel jacks work fine, only the front one is causing problems.
     
  8. EJames2100

    Member EJames2100 GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    May 9, 2008
    Messages:
    494
    Location:
    England
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Simplest and easiest route I think would be to get a cheap extender(or 2 :/) and use the back one.

    Or Speakers.
     
  9. Sora de Eclaune

    Member Sora de Eclaune Baby squirrel, you's a sexy motherfucker.

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    2,785
    Location:
    123 Fake Street
    Country:
    United States
    That's a good method. Try finding some speakers that have a headphone jack built in.
     
  10. BobTheJoeBob
    OP

    Member BobTheJoeBob The most optimistic person on the temp. :)

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,691
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I have speakers, and they're above me, so the wire would be trailing downwards.
     
  11. moose3

    Member moose3 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2006
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    NC
    Country:
    United States
    Well if you don't want to have trailing wires by just having an extension from the back and you probably don't want to tape said wire to the side of the case or mod the case to make a new front headphone jack with the extension wire...

    You could always go with wireless headphones.
     
  12. Originality

    Member Originality Chibi-neko

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    5,154
    Location:
    London, UK
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I've yet to find some good wireless headphones that don't come with a hefty price tag. I'm still looking.
     

Share This Page