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    Audio + BIC failure

    After failing miserable trying to use a BIC to remove a broken headphone jack that's still in the machine, I am wondering whether anyone has any advice on how to remove the little pin?

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    I did this yesterday. I used some tweezers, took me a while though!

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    I heated a needle and pushed it through the plastic from the back. This then pushed out the snapped off jack.

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    I managed to do it with a tiny drill bit plus the Bic trick on my last one. I had to drill off (by hand) the plastic sleeve around the top of the pin as this was stopping the biro tube from sliding on. Hard work.

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    I've ordered a new header. I tried to use glue with a straw which fit over the pin but the straw ended up breaking off inside, and I was back to square one only trying to remove the straw and pin. For a few quid I couldn't justify spending anymore time on it. It was sealed from the back so I couldn't even push it through. I think Dell make it deliberately hard work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    After failing miserable trying to use a BIC to remove a broken headphone jack that's still in the machine, I am wondering whether anyone has any advice on how to remove the little pin?
    We use a small drill to remove them over here, in and out no fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow_Walker View Post
    We use a small drill to remove them over here, in and out no fuss.
    No glue or anything? Possibly down to the types of computer. On Dell the sockets are small and sealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    No glue or anything? Possibly down to the types of computer. On Dell the sockets are small and sealed.
    No the other day we drilled into the audio port of the machine and as long as you get the centre of the broken piece it should slide out. May need some tweezers to finish the job off though. We use Dell over here and it and they are a pain.

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    It was a Dell socket on a laptop i repaired with the hot needle. I think i might have had to remove a metal cover first so i could get to the plastic at the back of the socket.

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