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Creative Zen Micro, bad sound quality

by limke22 / June 24, 2006 1:24 AM PDT

I had my zen micro 5gb for about 3 months now, I am getting really bad sound quality (it will get really quiet and sound all distorted) I am positive it has something to do with the earphone jack, becauase it does this with any earphones or speaks I try. Do you know of any way to clean out the ear phone jack? or possibly some other solution?

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me too
by drfloyd / June 25, 2006 12:12 PM PDT

I've had the same problem with mine. Apparently this has been a problem but was supposed to have been fixed months ago. Of course maybe yours had sat on the shelf for awhile at the store and you got an older one. I do take some blame for the problems mine has because I used to just wrap the earphone cord around it and stick it in my pocket. I discovered that if I pushed back on the headphone plug good sound would return. Then I just wedged a small piece of wood (a flat toothpick in this case) between the headphone jack and the case so it would keep a constant pressure on the jack in the direction I needed. I then trimmed off the excess toothpick. It's worked fairly well for a couple of months now but I still can't put any tension on the cord or the crappy sound returns. It'll get me by until I get a microphoto though.

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it's bad headphone jack
by CnetJeff / July 12, 2006 3:46 AM PDT

what you said indicated a bad headphone jack, if you are still under warranty I would suggest you to bring it back to the vender and get an exchange. If it is no longer covered by warranty, you can fix it yourself, all you need is very basic soldering skill.
But because you will need to open up Zen Micro to fix it, this act will void any warranty, so don't do it unless you are not covered by one.
This will guide you on fixing your Zen Micro manually:

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