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Nexus 7 - Audio socket problem (right channel only output)
Background: I purchased a 16Gb model on Oct 7th from Amazon.com. The sound was fine when i connected the headphones on day 1. After that I never used it for music / movies. Just yesterday as I was preparing for a trip to the far east, I plugged in my Bose QC3 to check if everything works ok (as I won't be carrying the iPod this time). To my shock and horror - no sound in the Left channel! WTF! Tried other cans (Sennheiser 555) with the same results. Was devastated, angry etc.
Today, I used a plastic prying tool and opened the dam bugger. First thing I observed was lots of fingerprints on the copper plate, and a bit of silver tape over the audio socket / board. Moved / pried the metal tab like thing on the audio socket a bit. It works fine now!! Hope it stays this way.
Thoroughly disappointed with the build quality on this thing (although I love it).
Pics attached. In the second pic observe the black square below the ASUS logo on the audio connector circuitry. The above-metioned silver tape was placed on this part.