01/20/2013, 12:03 PM
So a few weeks ago, I jammed my headphones into my pre3, and they didn't go in all the way. Something was blocking it. I assumed either lint or the metal pins.
Disassembling it wasn't too bad - 9 screws, not the 8 I saw mentioned earlier (maybe I removed one too many). I was afraid the jack wouldn't be too accessible, but it actually just sits there, held in place by the screw-on part. You can lift it out easily.
So removed it, and yes, it was packed with lint, which I removed with tweezers. I put it back together, and noticed the mute toggle switch no longer moved easily.
I have my nephew's broken Pre3, which I haven't been able to revive, but I was able to take that apart to compare. I decided I'd bend the switch a bit, my guess is I pried the cover off too hard originally, and bent it then. It went back together fine, and now all is well....
Except, and maybe I'm imagining this, my phone reception is now bad. Really bad. I compared with my wife, who is also on ATT, and she had 5 bars where I had none. I get reception, mostly, but it seems way worse than before.
Could I have broken the internal antenna? Is it part of the headphone jack? Did I break something?