Crackling sound from speaker/headphone port issues

My ipod has sustained no water or bad shock damage at the time of the problem occuring. When my ipod was plugged via firewire into a speaker system, someone unplugged it (not violently, I saw them) and it froze up. I reset, but the speakers make a low, quiet crackling noise, and headphone noise is oddly distorted. (not the phones, I tried multiple pairs.) I even did a full backup/ restore. Can I get a fix, with minimal hardware tampering/ solder if possible?


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Your ipod is listed as a Touch 2nd generation. So my answer is based on that device...:-)

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I am not sure what you had connected but the iPod touch 2nd generation does not support Firewire.

USB Support: Sync & Charge Firewire Support: None

Details: The iPod touch 2nd Gen does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party software is available. It also does not support Firewire.

Connectivity: USB, Audio* Ports: Dock, Headphone*

Details: *Unfortunately, just like the original iPod touch, the iPod touch 2nd Gen models do not support video out via the headphone jack, they only provide video out via the dock connector. Annoyingly, video out is only available while using an Apple cable, Apple dock, or another accessory with an "Apple Authentication" chip. You may want to try to clean your audio jack. Hold it upside down and use a can of electronics cleaner (compressed air) and gently try to blow out any dust or debris. If your audio output is clear while you use a docking station, it is your audio jack that will need to be replaced. If the audio remains distorted while you are using a docking station, you are having trouble with the audio IC. Hope this will help. Good Luck

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Sorry, that's just what I called the port on the bottom. Any solution?

by MrNS

Which one is the audio IC? I have the same problem here.

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i have same problem and i have ipod 5

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sometimes if you use the ipod for a long period of time with the headphones plugged in and it is in your pocket the probe for the headhones can bend and crack the insert or the "headphone jack" this is a complex fix but if it is under warranty it should be able to be handled by apple. if not it will cost a pretty penny to replace

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MrNS will be eternally grateful.

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