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    Obeject stuck in headphone Jack
    I recently had part of an audio cable snap off and get stuck in my headphone jack on my macbook pro. Its stuck in there pretty far and I can't get it out. My internal speakers won't work now because they think something is plugged into the headphone jack.

    If anyone can help me and let me know what my best course of action is let me know. Also I live pretty far from an apple store to get them to help so if possible I would like to get this problem taken care of by myself. Thanks

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    Try fishing it out with a VERY skinny pair of medical needle nose hemostats.

    Aside from that, taking it in for service is the only other thing i can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrfyLube View Post
    Try fishing it out with a VERY skinny pair of medical needle nose hemostats.

    Aside from that, taking it in for service is the only other thing i can think of.
    Exactly what I was about to type.

    I just took a look at my MBP headphone jack and I've never seen a pair of pliers that are that small. I don't know too many people who have "VERY skinny pair of medical needle nose hemostats" just lying around, lol .

    How far away is your apple store?
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    Apple store is about hour and a half to two hours away, and where can i find a needle that small?

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    how about cutting the ends off a cotton swab, so you just have the 'tube' left.
    then putting some super glue one of the ends and sticking it in there so it attaches to the 'foreign piece' , then rip it out

    But it is completely up to you whether or not you use my method
    I don't even know whether I would do this to my computer

    It sounds like you can't do much more damage that has already been done

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    Quote Originally Posted by NPuter View Post
    how about cutting the ends off a cotton swab, so you just have the 'tube' left.
    then putting some super glue one of the ends and sticking it in there so it attaches to the 'foreign piece' , then rip it out

    But it is completely up to you whether or not you use my method
    I don't even know whether I would do this to my computer

    It sounds like you can't do much more damage that has already been done
    That would have been my suggestion as well, although I'd recommend a toothpick instead of a cotton swab. I've used the same method to extract broken off keys inside of door locks. It usually works very well, although you'll need to hold that toothpick perfectly still and only use a dot of superglue small enough to make contact with the broken end and not the inner walls of the jack.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NPuter View Post
    how about cutting the ends off a cotton swab, so you just have the 'tube' left.
    then putting some super glue one of the ends and sticking it in there so it attaches to the 'foreign piece' , then rip it out
    Ingenious
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    id be real careful sticking in any sort of glue into that slot.

    if your comfy with taking the keyboard off, and several screws, i believe the headphone port has holes/slots on it? if i remember right, then you just need a small screwdriver or something to push it out.
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    Audio Jack Repair
    Believe it or not I took my Macbook Pro to Genius Bar and was informed that to rectify the issue of removing the tip of an audio jack from the port would require the replacement of the logic board. Cost $£400.

    Second under breath option "you didn't hear this from me" was "glue a nail to the the offending intruder and pull it out."

    NEWSFLASH !!!

    Metal doesn't stick well to metal with anytype of glue.

    So here is the fix and it is akin to playing that old game of operation with the metal bits and the guy with the red flashy nose.

    You will need

    1 Drill
    1 teeny weeny drill bit
    1 Toothpick
    1 Tube of Superglue
    1 Set of neurosurgeons hands



    1. Place your laptop standing up so it supports itself and you can see straight down into the port. Ensure you have good lighting.

    2. Slowly and I mean Slowly, insert the drill bit into port ensuring that it is completely centered within the port and is firmly pushed up against the offending piece of metal.

    3. Slowly drill little by little until there is an indentation in the offending jack. Sometimes the drill bit may bite enough to stay in if you disattach the drill.

    If this happens you may be able to pull the jack out and avoid using Glue !

    4. If this doesnt happen take a toothpick and before inserting it in the port drip superglue liberally over the pointed end and 1/3 of the way up the toothpick. Slowl and sitting within the centre of the port insert the toothpick into the jack until you feel the wood bite into the metal. Leave the toothpick for at least 30 minutes after which time the extra glue you had applied to the upper part of the toothpick has slowly dripped down and fused with the jack.

    5.Pull the toothpick slowly and firmly.

    6. Good Luck.
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    Hi all,

    I had this problem. The end of my headphone jack was stuck in the input. I dealt with it for about a month until I decided that enough was enough.

    I took the original jack (the piece which was missing its end) and put just a bit of super glue on the end of it. I stuck that into the input and let it set for maybe 2 minutes. Then I carefully and slowly pulled it and voila! The jack came out in one complete piece.

    Note that I tried the toothpick idea mentioned above and it didn't work for me. I think using the original jack was more effective because it adheres more completely to the end of the jack than the toothpick, which is much smaller than the jack.

    Good luck!

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    A similar problem
    This seems like the right thread to post.

    A few days ago I spilled some water on my iPhone 4. Not too much, but I hastily put it in the bag of rice I keep just for this purpose. It's fine now. The problem is that a piece of rice inadvertently got into the headphone jack, and I didn't know about it, so the next morning when I groggily moved to put my headphones in, I ended up squishing rice paste all over the inside of my headphone jack. I tried for a bit to fish some out using a toothpick, but the damage had already been done by my headphones. Today the rice is hard and stuck at the bottom, as well as some residue along the sides. It's a very sticky situation, and I would like my headphone jack back without having to pay apple.

    I'm considering trying to use some alcohol as a solvent, as it shouldn't damage the phone, but if there are other solvents for rice out there I'd love to hear.

    Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkng View Post
    This seems like the right thread to post.

    A few days ago I spilled some water on my iPhone 4. Not too much, but I hastily put it in the bag of rice I keep just for this purpose. It's fine now. The problem is that a piece of rice inadvertently got into the headphone jack, and I didn't know about it, so the next morning when I groggily moved to put my headphones in, I ended up squishing rice paste all over the inside of my headphone jack. I tried for a bit to fish some out using a toothpick, but the damage had already been done by my headphones. Today the rice is hard and stuck at the bottom, as well as some residue along the sides. It's a very sticky situation, and I would like my headphone jack back without having to pay apple.

    I'm considering trying to use some alcohol as a solvent, as it shouldn't damage the phone, but if there are other solvents for rice out there I'd love to hear.

    Any advice?

    Try taking a tooth pick and gently stabbing the rice till you break it into a smaller piece allowing it to come out.

    Good luck!

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    Lightbulb broken bit in headphone jack
    stabbed a safety pin into the craptastic end piece & it slipped out of the jack without glue, dudes! MacBook3,1 2.2GHz 4GB OS X 10.5.8 Safari 5.0.6

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