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iPod Nano 4th Generation Logic Board Assembly Replacement

Replacing the logic board assembly gives you new flash memory as well as a new battery.

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Paso 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

Insert an iPod opening tool between the bottom bezel and the dock connector. Separate the bottom bezel from the adhesive securing it to the Nano and set it aside.

Paso 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the bottom bezel and the dock connector.

  • Separate the bottom bezel from the adhesive securing it to the Nano and set it aside.

Paso 2  ¶ 

Remove the three Phillips screws along the bottom of the Nano.

Paso 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the three Phillips screws along the bottom of the Nano.

  • These screw heads are extremely small and easily stripped.

  • The slightly longer of the three screws belongs in the middle.

Paso 3  ¶ 

Use an iPod opening tool to pry the aluminum dock bezel out of the Nano. The dock bezel is very thin cast aluminum. To avoid breaking it, do not excessively flex it during removal.

Paso 3  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the aluminum dock bezel out of the Nano.

  • The dock bezel is very thin cast aluminum. To avoid breaking it, do not excessively flex it during removal.

Paso 4  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the battery from the adhesive securing it to the outer case. The lithium polymer battery used in the Nano is very flexible. Try not to deform it excessively while separating it from the outer case. Use the flat end of a spudger to push the logic board assembly and battery slightly out of the bottom of the Nano. Stop once it pops out a little bit.

Paso 4  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the battery from the adhesive securing it to the outer case.

  • The lithium polymer battery used in the Nano is very flexible. Try not to deform it excessively while separating it from the outer case.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the logic board assembly and battery slightly out of the bottom of the Nano. Stop once it pops out a little bit.

Paso 5  ¶ 

Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to peel the click wheel ribbon cable and its ZIF socket off the dock connector.

Paso 5  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to peel the click wheel ribbon cable and its ZIF socket off the dock connector.

Paso 6  ¶ 

Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to flip the ZIF cable lock up toward the headphone jack. Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to flip the ZIF cable lock up toward the headphone jack.

Paso 6  ¶ 

  • Use the edge of an iPod opening tool to flip the ZIF cable lock up toward the headphone jack.

Paso 7  ¶ 

Use a pair of tweezers to slide the click wheel ribbon cable out of its socket.

Paso 7  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the click wheel ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Before proceeding, be sure that both the click wheel ribbon cable socket and its cable are freed from the adhesive securing them to the dock connector and logic board.

  • Peel back the cable on both ends!

Paso 8  ¶ 

Pull the logic board assembly out of the outer case, minding the hold switch and click wheel cables that may get caught.

Paso 8  ¶ 

  • Pull the logic board assembly out of the outer case, minding the hold switch and click wheel cables that may get caught.

  • When reassembling, ensure the click wheel cable is toward the front of the Nano and not in the grooves on the side. If it is in the groove you will probably cut it while sliding the logic board into place.