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The 9/16" plug on my Z323 speaker broke off in my laptop. I

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The 9/16" plug on my Z323 speaker broke off in my laptop. I need a new plug but the cable is hardwired into the speaker. Any suggestions?
Ted
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Computer Hardware
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

Well, you dont have much choice but to do some cutting and splicing in a NEW MiniJack adaptor (9/16 " where you come up with that one?) its actually called a 3.5mm TRS Mini Jack

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

In any case, your first task is to remove the broken piece from the laptop.

Secondly, you have to do some cable surgery on the cable that is broken.

YOu have to remove (cut off) the old broken jack, and then attach a new one. Stripping the cable down to the RED and BLACK wires.

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There are 4 (really only 3) connections in a 3.5mm TRS minijack cable.

There is the Left Speaker Positive, and the Left Speaker Ground.

And there is a Right speaker Positive, and a Right speaker Ground.

But the 2 grounds can be combined into a single connection. Making it really only 3 connections.

1-L+

2-R+

3- 2x Grounds.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
thanks for the correct terminology. I believe that splicing would compromise the signal to the speakers
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

Sp;licing is fine....BUT YOU HAVE TO SOLDER, or you are correct......signal degredation will happen

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

But splicing in a New jack at the end of a cable is quite fine......but again, you MUST use SOLDER. you cant just twist wires together, or even use a crimp.

Solder is the ONLY way to preserve the signal.

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

So, as long as you solder your connections, signal will be fine.

I cant stress it enough, how important soldering actually is.

Its everything.! LOL

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

If you take apart a Minijack (remove the plastic ) to see how the cable connects to the jack, you will see it has been crimped....AND THEN SOLDERED on top of the crimp

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

The crimp will make the connection stronger, and the solder keeps the signal from degrading across the connection.

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

I make my own cables quite frequently......as i do music production as well.....and im not paying 20 bucks for a simple splitter.....i just make my own.

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

Anyways....heck you can probably just find an old Minijack on a old cable you dont use anymore (cut it off) and splice it to the end.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
do you know of a tool small enough to retrieve the end of the jack stuck inside my laptop?
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 3 months ago.

Oh man.....that is going to be a challenge.

What i have HEARD has worked in the past,,,,,,,superglue.

and you have to PRECISE with the application of it......if any of it gets around the connection is forever in there.

But the idea is to use the tiniest amoutn of Sglue, and glue the broken piece back to the piece lodged in the laptop.

Wait for it to dry, and then it will just pull it right out.

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YOu dont HAVE to use the brokenm cable to glue on the end of the lodged in piece.......toothpicks work great here too.

Use a tiny TINY amount of glue and glue the end of a toothpick to the lodge in piece, wait for dry, and then pull it out.

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But again......you must be extremely careful not to get glue ANYWHERE else but on the lodged piece ONLY.