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plug stuck in headphone jack!
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May 29, 2005, 08:34 PM
 
Hi all.

I don't visit here too often anymore, but was hoping to get some suggestions regarding repair service. I had my speakers plugged into my headphone jack and accidently tripped over the cord... resulting in half the plug stuck in my headphone jack.

I know i'll need to get it repaired, and will likely have to send my computer out, so was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and what damage can i expect to my pocketbook. The store is closed and i can't get any answers over the phone at the moment.

I have a 550 tibook... anyone have experience with this?

many thanks.
     
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May 29, 2005, 11:48 PM
 
I've heard of this happening with the power tip of the AC adapter in an iBook.

Well, I did a search and it turns out it was a Powerbook. I guess I came across the thread cross-posted in the iBook forum.
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May 30, 2005, 12:02 AM
 
Originally Posted by ccsccs7
I've heard of this happening with the power tip of the AC adapter in an iBook.

Well, I did a search and it turns out it was a Powerbook. I guess I came across the thread cross-posted in the iBook forum.
Thanks. I appreciate the link (wasn't exactly sure what to search under). I think I'll try to coax it out in the morning if I can find tools small enough.
     
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May 30, 2005, 11:20 AM
 
Get some cheap room-temperature weld and a paper clip. Weld the end of the paperclip to the tip of the plug. Wait for it to dry and then just pull on the paper clip and with any luck the tip will come out.
     
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May 30, 2005, 12:56 PM
 
Or just use JBWeld...I've heard of it used it in cars where the key has come off in the ignition.
     
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May 30, 2005, 06:40 PM
 
Thanks for the suggestions! I'd much rather try everything I can before sending it in.
     
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May 31, 2005, 09:10 PM
 
My dad was able to get a broken key out of the ignition of a Ford Windstar using only a paper clip or two.
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May 31, 2005, 10:29 PM
 
Hehe, you have to have a very loose key to do that Admittedly, our car key is so much so that you can pull it out while the car is running
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May 31, 2005, 11:16 PM
 
I'd definitely try the JBWeld, it's going to cost a fortune for apple to fix it. New logic board at accidental damage rates are costly, $1100+.
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Jun 1, 2005, 02:18 AM
 
Since a mini plug is not seated very tightly I would agree that JBWeld on the tip of a paper clip used very carefully will probably due the trick. I would much rather try this sub $10 fix than send my powerbook out for a much more costly repair. And if it doesn't work, than you can try more conventional methods!
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Jun 1, 2005, 08:49 AM
 
JBWeld on a paperclip tip must be like playing operation: you do NOT want to touch the sides of the audio jack & smear JBWeld on the walls of the jack.
     
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Jun 1, 2005, 09:40 AM
 
That's why you put the JBWeld on the broken end of the headphone plug, seat it correctly, and shazzam!
     
   
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