3GS Vibrator Speaker Sound Distortion

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Elzlaik, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Elzlaik macrumors regular

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    This is minor, I suppose, but it bothers me a little. My 3GS vibrates on the first ring and it distorts the ring tone, as if the vibration mechanism was placed too close to the speaker. It also does this when it vibrates during the charging chirp. I just want to know if this is all the 3GSes or just mine. My 3G didn't have this issue.

    Other noted problems: had one phone call where I couldn't slide to unlock, and had entire phone lock up once as if dead, would not wake, not even when plugged in to computer, and (of course) the screen is pale as a corpse even with brightness turned down.
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Both my 3GSs do the distortion, too. Just add it to the growing list of bugs with the 3GS.
     
  3. DCDJ macrumors newbie

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    Same with me; my 3GS and my friends both have the distortion in the speakers even with the standard text message sound as well.
     
  4. f00f macrumors 65816

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    Possibly this is a software glitch and not the hardware? I've noticed all sorts of sound glitches w/ 3.0 that 2.2.1 did not have. Like sounds that don't play completely, don't play at all (when they should be playing), or play 1.5 times!
     
  5. lilmitchmitch macrumors 6502

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    This has to be a software problem similar to the high pitch ring that some people get while video recording or after sending a text. If you go into settings and play the ringtone it sounds just fine and it only seems to make the distorted sound if your phone has been asleep for a while. If I receive a text, then 30 seconds or so later receive another, it sounds just fine.

    I just hope it can be fixed, I don't really want to drive 2 hours to the nearest Apple store to get it replaced. Although I do have a loose silent switch and the GPS antenna around the camera isn't flush with my case. :(
     
  6. mike41423 macrumors member

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    was thinking about exchanging my 3gs until i realized that everyone i know who has one, hears the exact same issue....not just me. My officemate even had his speaker die completely after getting his 3gs on launch day.

    my 3gs vibration sounds like theres loose gravel inside. I'm definitely going to be exchanging mine. but the distorted sound might be a software issue. perhaps over driving the speaker?
     
  7. xxshawnxx macrumors member

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    ^same here. Sounds like everybody is having this issue though. :(
     
  8. chicken2341 macrumors newbie

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    Distorted on first ring

    I have the same thing, I sent it in. I hope it gets fixed soon. really distorted.
     
  9. iphone529 macrumors regular

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    I had this problem once before, turns out the vibration mechanism was loose, went to apple and they replaced the phone, schedule a Genius bar appointment and they will take care of you.
     
  10. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I don't believe this is a hardware problem, FYI. At least not in both my 3GSs cases..
     
  11. smoothjazz macrumors newbie

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    I remember this issue on the original and the 3G. They did fix the distortion with a software/firmware update. I'm a record producer and this sounds like they are overdriving the speaker inputs/amp. I noticed my ringtones from my previous 3G phone sound distorted too, in addition to the text alerts, etc.

    My wife's 3GS does the exact same thing too.

    I guess we wait for 3.0.1.
     
  12. mplewis87 macrumors newbie

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    Same here... I didn't realize everyone was having this issue, but I took mine into Genius Bar today, they replaced it, and the distortion persists. I thought it was hardware at first... guess not.

    Very annoying though...
     
  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I cringe every time my 3GS rings...
     
  14. notjustgc macrumors 6502

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    I hate this. The three 3GS models in my household all do it. I'd venture to guess it's a signal processing issue, similar to the "whine" some are hearing after certain sounds are played. It all seems to be related to some sort of compression happening on the fly.
     
  15. CheesePuff macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh thank goodness I thought I was the only one who heard this. Yea playing the ring tone in the Settings will sound normal but when it actually rings or a text message comes it its all distorted even at a lower volume.
     
  16. pquada macrumors newbie

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    Did anyone ever figure out what the solution is?:confused:
     
  17. mappyman macrumors regular

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    It does it on mine. Rebooting the phone or playing with the ringtones fixes it, so its a software problem.
     
  18. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    that what it is!...thanks for pointing this out...when I first switched from my 2G to the 3Gs every time my phone would ring I was like "why does that sound so different from my 2G?"....I even took it to the apple store thinking the speaker was blown.

    I think it still does it but I'm used to it now....uncool though.
     
  19. pquada macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone attempted to exchange it with a new one? I just got mine along with buying one for my girlfriend. Hers does not make those noises... Ut oh, is Mac starting to turn into PC! dun dun dun.... Microsoft 101, release a product to the public to make them happy, even though its not ready lol.
     

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