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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Wiggles, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Wiggles

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    This is kinda hard to explain but whenever I plug in headphones into my droid if they move a certain way it screws up and stops playing. It goes in and out too if I turn the jack while its plugged in. I tried several headphones that I know have no problem with them. Has anyone else had this problem? Also if you still don't get what im trying to say let me know.
     

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    this is a known hardware problem with the headphone jack. you can do a search and there should be multiple threads on multiple forums about this problem.
     
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    return it for a new droid
     
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    If you carry it in your pocket, there may be lint in the headphone jack. I was having the same problem with mine and was showing my friend how it didn't seem like the plug was really clicking in when plugging headphones in. He said he had the same problem on his IPhone and it turned out to be lint in the headphone jack. I straightened out a paper clip and kind of scraped around the bottom of the headphone jack and, sure enough, there was a bunch of lint in there. After cleaning it out it works perfectly now.
     
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    I had it too . It's not likely lint, but the contacts in the jack assembly itself. They're not mounted like most phones, in a package on the circuit board, but use pressure contacts on a circuit board mounted opposite to the jack. They're basically pressing against exposed contact points. I have no idea why they chose this method, but mine became unusable withing a couple of months.. skipping cracking, stopping playback..

    I replaced the droid, and dont use the jack anymore, i use bluetooth adapter (S705) to plug my headphones into.. no wear on the weak jack contacts, and no more skipping.
     
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    In my case, it was lint but it sounds like the headphone jack is definitely a weak link.

    How big is that bluetooth adapter? That would be sweet if it's small enough to somehow integrate into a motorcycle helmet. I hate having a cord from my mp3 player to my helmet.
     
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    I've noticed that when I am listening to music and i get a text(even if it's on silent) it interrupts the music
     
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    Yep. As others have said, this is a pretty common problem. I have it too and I've decided to just keep using it until it completely craps out (or at least, gets unbearable) - I've had my phone for two months. At the moment, it's just an annoyance but I'm not gonna subject myself to the aggrivation of swapping in a new phone (which will likely have the same problem) just because of some occassional static.
     
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    Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to solder on your own headphone jack. One that WORKS. It seems like you really just need to remove the back cover to get to it...

    YouTube - Motorola Droid A855 Take Apart & Repair Directions by DirectFix.com

    After that, it's just a matter of attaching a standard 3.5mm jack... I have no idea how they attach it in the device. I won't be trying this until my headphone jack dies! ;)
     
  10. Wiggles

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    I noticed that If I blow into it really hard it works for a little bit before it starts acting up again.
     

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