iphone speaker problem. hardware related. HELP PLEASE.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Toby Goodbar, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Toby Goodbar macrumors 6502

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    I have a 3g iphone that has an intermittent speaker problem. sometimes it works, sometimes it don't. this isn't related to the famous headphone problem. because:

    if i slide a thin piece of hard plastic under the dock connector, the speaker will work. well after discovering this, i cut n trimmed a custom piece and put it in there. but after a while this trick stopped working i would have to wiggle it, then it would work for a while and stop. the problem is slowly getting worse and worse. it really sucks not having a ringer AND vibrate. i miss ALOT of calls and txts.

    sometimes if i put enough pressure on case itself it will work too, although there is a small crack allowing flex. i have had phone apart numerous times, most of which were to replace OTHER parts including camera module twice, headphone jack and twice on the infra red / proximity sensor after recieving a faulty one, adn then of course to check on this most recent problem.

    has anyone heard of this, or is my only option to replace that whole assembly? i cant see ANYWHERE a loose connection or break and don't even really understand why this is happening or why my work around is even possible.

    FEEDBACK, SUGGESTIONSN PLEASE!!
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  2. narimonk macrumors regular

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    Hi there, I see this at work a lot (Apple Employee) and it probably means somehow your dock connector has corroded, or something is stuck in there, causing the iPhone to think it's plugged into an accessory, cutting out the sound. So if you're phone is under warranty it'd be best to get a replacement phone, because there really is no cure to this problem. :(
     
  3. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Narimonk, do you work at the arden store?
     
  4. narimonk macrumors regular

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    no, the Galleria, do you work at the arden store?
     
  5. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    No thats the Apple I buy everything from. Some of the genius there are very stuck up and rude. You do a lot of iPhone 4 swaps?
     
  6. narimonk macrumors regular

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    I used to work at the Arden Store, it's true a lot of those guys think they are above everyone else. I was really glad to get transferred to the galleria. Ya I'd say we do quite a bit, I think a lot of the swaps aren't really necessary though, I think a lot of people hear about problems with iPhone 4 (antenna withstanding) and assume theirs have the same problems.
     

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