View Full Version : LifeDrive headphone jack loose?
06-09-2005, 09:30 PM
Is anyone having issues with the headphone jack not plugging in tight enough? Mine doesn't seem to stay in very well and I have tried 2 different sets of ear buds.
06-09-2005, 10:14 PM
My headphones work (2 pair) but a sony cassette adapter refuses to fit. So ya it's got problems.
06-09-2005, 10:24 PM
Yeah... i've got that problem too. Some headset jacks fit, the others don't...
Not sure why....
06-09-2005, 11:06 PM
Just checked a couple more head phones. 1 Koss and 3 Sony (including a pair of studio headphones) They all worked.
I think the problem is the jack is slightly reccesed and flexes slightly, so some jacks that are a hair longer fit while others never snap into place.
I had an issue with my headphone jack also. I had to wiggle the jack to get it to go in. If I just pushed it only went in half way and felt like it would break something if I tried to push hard. Also was a loose connection once in.
06-10-2005, 07:58 AM
Just to clarify all the head phone jacks have felt loose but once in I don't have a prolem with them coming out or loosing contact.
06-10-2005, 10:44 AM
I use two headphones and two cassette adapters and haven't had any problems with them coming out or being loose, but one headphone set doesn't seem to "bury" itself, but rather gets all the way in without a click.
06-10-2005, 03:21 PM
Yeah, strange. I can get the 2 plugs that I have to go in fine except they don't seem to "snap" in and come out very easy. Strange, Strange
Must be on all of them. I find if your rotate the plug it goes in easer. It seems like it is very easy to pull out, but then again it doesnt seem to fall out. Lets all hope it is just different, and not something that is going to start breaking. Perhaps they felt the spring-guided rollers that usually trap these things are not robust enough, or probably more likely they cost and extra cent and Palm was trying to make sure this puppy came in under $500.
07-24-2005, 04:17 PM
I think that the lack of "snap" is that there is a cradle planned that has a headphone jack in it. Maybe too strong a connection would make the device difficult to remove on a regular basis without damage. After all, most folk don't remove and replace the phones on a personal CD player loads of times each day, but I never leave the LD alone!!
07-24-2005, 04:48 PM
I ended up bringing back my old unit and picking up one in which the headphones snapped into place like I expected...I believe there are many units with this same problem.
07-24-2005, 05:25 PM
I also returned my unit because it will hold the head phone jack in place. the new unit hold it but not as good as I wish .How this will be after daily use of the unit for 1 or 2 years.
Is this a deffect in this model?????
07-24-2005, 06:52 PM
No Problems with mine, I use Shure and Sony Headphones as well as two sets of generice rca to 3.5mm stereo converter plugs, all snap in and stay in place.
07-24-2005, 07:22 PM
that's one more reason why i parted (happily) with my two-week-old lifedrive. you'd think they'd sweat out these details.
07-24-2005, 08:59 PM
My cassette adapter now works. While it never really snaps into place firmly it doesn't fall out either.
07-25-2005, 05:47 PM
I've had two Lifedrives, and both have "normal" headphone jacks. There was some talk over on PalmInfoCenter that Palm was using two different parts for the Lifedrive's headphone jack, and one of them dosen't work.
Regarding it being because of a future cradle-the *current* cradle already has a headphone jack, and it dosen't use the headphone jack on the LD at all, but rather apperently has a DAC in the cradle (and works with the T5, E2, Lifedrive, and possibly Treo 650?)
07-26-2005, 11:29 AM
Use my (cheap) Sony earbuds quite often. But I have run into an issue with them a couple of times. The port is flexible and moves in and out some when inserting the headphones. A couple of times when I took them out the external speaker wouldn't work until I "jiggled" the headphone jack port.
Seems like its not very sturdy in there and I might be loosening some solder points? Doesn't happen very often though.
08-02-2005, 04:31 PM
That jack must be built to a wierd spec. Must be purley exactly european or japaneese metric or something, since i have the same problem, all of my normal headsets are loose, I have an miniplug extention cable thats too fat/big. But, the headphones that came with my samsung mp3 player fit snug, dont fall out, and behave like normal earphones
sigh palm seem to have a major problem with headphone jack sockets...my tt had the same problem. My LD is ok but Im not suprised that people have problems, even though the LD has to be the best constructed of the post-PalmV form-factor devices... Palm, wake up, this is a multi-media device, the bundled music player and movie players suck and some people cant even keep their cans plugged in...aaaaarrrrgggghhhh.
08-02-2005, 04:58 PM
Not to mention it's supposedly an iPod killer (and is in most respects)...but it STILL has that horrible static!
08-02-2005, 05:22 PM
no static here, using those samsung headphones. Only breaks in audio when i go to another app.
08-23-2005, 09:24 AM
i had thisa problem too but solved it with my pocket knife.
The problem is that the jack is sunk due to the thickness of the casing ( ie a little deeper then the design length of most plugs) i simply shaved back some of the plastic cord from around the end of the plug so that it could be inserted further into the jack. The extra 1 mm penetration was enough. The plug snapped firmly into position.
its not purely palms fault, the heandphone manufacturers need to allow a little more tolerance in the penetration depth design
09-01-2005, 01:24 AM
Some people have complained that certain 1/8" headphones do not fit into certain LifeDrives as they should. Some have to push and twist their headphone plug into the LifeDrive to get it seated properly. Some are unable to properly attach certain models of standard 1/8" headphones at all, but have no problem attaching other models of standard 1/8" headphones. For those who have encountered this dilemma, it is a very strange and moderately frustrating experience. Some have said Palm may have used a non-standard part on some of the first-run machines, as many LifeDrive owners report having no problems whatsoever in plugging in whatever headphones they choose. At least one person with the problem said he returned his LifeDrive and got a different LifeDrive which accepted his chosen model of headphones much better than his first LifeDrive. I myself have a LifeDrive which doesn't accept every 1/8" pair of headphones that I throw at it -- by default, anyway (see below). I suspect it has the non-standard headphone jack. This bothered me at first, so I found a great deal on some headphones that do fit well, and bought several backups (the PSP headphones -- $5.99 at EBGames: http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/256216.asp). These are great 1/8" headphones, by the way, with a snug, in-ear fit and a decent kick (toss the included remote, though, which fits only into a PSP). A few days later, I came across a real fix -- one that allows me to hook up any 1/8" headphones to my finicky LifeDrive without having to hack anything! Yesterday, I walked into my local Radio Shack and noticed the extremely small Volume Control Headphone Extension Cord 42-2559 (http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&catalog_name=CTLG&product_id=42-2559). It snaps securely into my LifeDrive headphone jack, adds no tangible weight to my chosen headphone cord, gives me out-of-pants-pocket volume control (great for when I'm walking or on the subway and don't want to flaunt my gear!), and only costs $6.59. This is a must-have item for anyone experiencing headphone connectivity issues with the LifeDrive. An added bonus: According to one post, an external volume control on the LifeDrive also eliminates "hissing" (http://www.1src.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90136). Good stuff all around!
09-02-2005, 08:38 PM
I've bought the extension cord from RadioShack a couple of hours ago and it works! I was amazed by the fact that I could find the cable at my nearest RadioShack since I'm in Mexico, but, it's a MUST have for we, LD owners! Thanxs a lot for your recommendation, it saved my life!!!
09-02-2005, 11:29 PM
Glad to read my suggestion helped you out, gryphoraver. :)
09-03-2005, 05:31 AM
Mike's volume control tip works for me too. Best part is that it makes the audio out jack on the cradle hiss free.
09-04-2005, 10:01 AM
you are featured on TamsPalm:
Thanks for sharing knowledge with us, and please email me at Tamog@gmx.at!
09-04-2005, 11:37 AM
Mike, you've been featured on my site too @ zonapda:"El Jack de tu LifeDrive esta flojo?" (http://www.zonapda.net/archivo/2005/09/04/tu-lifedrive-tiene-el-jack-de-audifonos-flojo/)
09-05-2005, 05:04 AM
Looks like the features are flowing in, dude. Well done!
09-08-2005, 04:08 PM
WOW! Thanks for the awesome tip Mike! The loose headphone jack was the only thing preventing me from having a perfect machine. Now that it is fixed, my LifeDrive is 100% stable and one perfect machine :)
12-26-2006, 09:44 PM
My lifedrive seems to have a knack of developing all the problems listed in this lifedrive forum. First it was the microdrive crashing on me. Got it replaced and reformatted thanks to this forum. Then it was the mic not working. Found that its plus had somehow disconnected from its socket on the motherboard. Now it is my headphone socket failing on me every minute. Had to open it up again. found that the socket was a crappy piece of work that was (I couldn't believe my eyes), just PLACED THERE in front of a yellow acrylic block to prevent it from falling off into the lifedrive when somebody pushed in there headphone jack. Even a $10 CD player has better mounting of the socket. Can't Palm at least fix it in a molded holder for GOD's SAKE? And it costed me $400. Crappy but I love the lifedrive. I could take it apart and put it back together with a screwdriver and it works just like before.
Anyway, I solved the problem by cutting a 0.5cm x 0.5 cm piece of one of those thick (1 mm) soft double sided tapes you can buy in walmart, and jamming it between the battery and the top of the socket holder. That holds the stuff firmly in place. I am able to plug in any kind of headphone jack without having to turn it this way and that every minute..
Hope this helps the members who had questions.
08-24-2009, 10:09 PM
Marked! I will come back to check this soon!thanks a lot.:-)
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