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iPod Nano 5th Generation Logic Board Assembly Replacement

Replace the broken logic board in your iPod Nano.

Replace the broken logic board in your iPod Nano.

Paso 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive underneath the camera/microphone cover. Pry the camera/microphone cover off the case with a metal spudger and remove it. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid damaging the iPod case near the camera. While this will not affect the iPod's functionality, it will hurt its cosmetic appearance.

Paso 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive underneath the camera/microphone cover.

  • Pry the camera/microphone cover off the case with a metal spudger and remove it.

  • It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid damaging the iPod case near the camera. While this will not affect the iPod's functionality, it will hurt its cosmetic appearance.

Paso 2  ¶ 

From the top of the iPod, insert a metal spudger between the outer case and the battery to remove the adhesive that holds the battery in place.

Paso 2  ¶ 

  • From the top of the iPod, insert a metal spudger between the outer case and the battery to remove the adhesive that holds the battery in place.

  • Be extremely careful not to poke or puncture the battery itself, as this may cause the battery to combust.

Paso 3  ¶ 

There is a small white retainer between the camera and microphone that keeps the inner components from sliding around. Insert a push pin into the hole at the corner of the retainer and lift it out of the case. Insert a push pin into the hole at the corner of the retainer and lift it out of the case.

Paso 3  ¶ 

  • There is a small white retainer between the camera and microphone that keeps the inner components from sliding around.

  • Insert a push pin into the hole at the corner of the retainer and lift it out of the case.

Paso 4  ¶ 

Once the retainer has been pushed past its hole in the outer case, the spudger used to depress it is no longer necessary.

Paso 4  ¶ 

  • Once the retainer has been pushed past its hole in the outer case, the spudger used to depress it is no longer necessary.

  • Using gentle but steady force, push on the top of the LCD to slide the logic board assembly out of the bottom of the iPod.

  • Do not push on the battery, as this may puncture it and cause it to combust.

  • Constantly mind the hold switch plate, making sure it doesn't snag on an edge and tear the ribbon cable.

Paso 5  ¶ 

Continue to push the logic board assembly through the outer case of the iPod with a spudger. Tolerances inside the Nano are extremely tight. Be very patient and go slowly when removing the logic board assembly, and make sure no components or ribbon cables get caught on the case.

Paso 5  ¶ 

  • Continue to push the logic board assembly through the outer case of the iPod with a spudger.

  • Tolerances inside the Nano are extremely tight. Be very patient and go slowly when removing the logic board assembly, and make sure no components or ribbon cables get caught on the case.

  • To make sure that the hold switch plate does not catch on the housing of the iPod and tear the cable, feed the switch straight down the center of the device, where the opening is the widest.

Paso 6  ¶ 

Once the top of the LCD has cleared the bottom edge of the outer case, remove the logic board assembly from the body of the iPod.

Paso 6  ¶ 

  • Once the top of the LCD has cleared the bottom edge of the outer case, remove the logic board assembly from the body of the iPod.

  • Again, be sure to mind the hold switch plate, that it doesn't catch on the bottom of the click wheel hole.