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Replace a cracked or faulty display.

Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.  The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.
  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

gabeshaikh - Contestar

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How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

It is for an electrical reason. If the iPod hold switch is kept on, the device will not turn on, thus ensuring the device stays powered off while performing service.

trusty - Contestar

I have a 60 GB iPod photo that needs a new Logic Board. I bought a 30 GB used iPod on eBay and replaced the Logic Board. Now the iPod thinks the hard drive is only 30 GB, when it is really 60 GB. It works, but the hard drive is not recognized for its full size. Sites like this offer a 20 GB and 40 GB logic board...I apparently need 60 GB. Can I bypass this somehow, or do I really need a logic board that is specifically made for 60 GB???

Mark - Contestar

My 30gig drive shows up as a 16.4gig. I can not for the life of me, figure out why this is doing this. Can anyone help? Thanks!

Stephan - Contestar

Hello,

First thank you for this tuto and help.

I did follow your instructions and every step was ok but when I closed my i'Pod, it kept staying on the lock position even with moving the lock button.

Now it has charged but I could not make it run.

So I did a complete reboot by connecting it to my Mac with i'Tunes to restore.

It's still locked.

What can I do?

Than You for your answer

Thomas

Voisin - Contestar

Much quicker and far easier opening from the right side instead of from the top using the blue plastic spudger. Opened in under 10sec. Do not know why this guide asks you to start from the top and work it to the left corner. Perhaps it was meant as a challenge.

Edwin Seah - Contestar

Well, I did it! I am pretty mechanically inclined, but I don't work well with small stuff. Anyway, as others mentioned, this step was the hardest for me, the included tools, worthless (to start to separate the case) As another person mentioned, I used a razor blade on the side on the upper left corner pushing down toward the metal clips, 'pop' once the first came off, then I used the blue tools to release the remaining clips. I didn't want to remove the connector in step 8, but had literally no room to work, the connector is a square push in type that is attached to the ribbon cable, I pryed with the blue tool carefully at the connector base, it popped right off! (getting is back on was more challenging, but managed with a small pair of needle nose pliers.) Had to pry the old battery out carefully - it was really in there. Got it all back together, works like a champ! Thanks ifixit!

mikesnyder - Contestar

Promptly broke both blue plastic tools. I used a putty knife to pop the case. Opening was the only hard part. I didn't disconnect the headphone cable. No problems and the battery has enough charge that I listening to Bare Naked Ladies now. Last week I installed a new hard drive in my Mac mini. IFixit is the greatest!

heldon - Contestar

If you are lucky, your battery may swell up like mind did, short of blowing up it opened the case for me. That being done really made it easy and encouraged me to do the repair myself. I still needed the proper screw driver (T6 Torx Screwdriver) to remove the two black torx screws that are found at step 10 of this repair guide. I purchased the iFixit 64bit driver kit, simply because I intend to work on several other iPods and phones, the kit is of good quality, well worth the purchase. If you have some mechanical ability, and follow the instructions, I was done in about 20 minutes, placed it back on my Bose player. I couldn't wait for it to charge, just wanted it to start playing, and after a minute or so my iPod 4th gen 20 gb was playing the music which I hadn't heard in about 3 to 4 years, as a result of a enlarged battery. As I write these comments down, I'm listening to my sweet tunes with a big smile on my mug, the sign of a satisfied customer. Thanks to iFIXIT.!!!

Alex DeLeon - Contestar

Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod. You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther. Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).
  • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

    • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

  • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

  • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

  • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should easily open.

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The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.
  • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

  • Open the case like a book with the dock connector edge at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

This is the most fragile piece to work with in the whole process. Make sure you have some glasses or something and actually watch the individual pins while you reconnect the cable. I can't see so close, and didn't see what I was doing clearly. Consequently I broke the pins.

Adam Logan - Contestar

Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull  straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.
  • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

Be very careful disconnecting. In fact may want to leave connected. I "removed" the entire piece pins and all from the board and had to replace the logic board to fix. A $15 fix turned into $65. Happy to say got it fixed with a new board but this was a crucial step that cost me big time! Again leave headphone jack connected if at all possible!!

tigers27408 - Contestar

DO NOT remove the ribbon cable unless absolutely necessary. I also removed the black female plug from the logic board by mistake. However, in my case I was able to plug it back in and it still works (phew!). Lucky. I might have destroyed some soldering, I don't know ... but it works.

Paul - Contestar

At this point I damaged the motherboard irreversibly!!

This guide should be modified. You should not attempt this step. Either you replace the battery without disconnecting the ribbon. Or if you really want more room, you unscrew the other little board from the the metal half of the case.

Now I have to buy another ipod :-(

Guillaume Barreau - Contestar

It is worth noting that the connector for the iPod 4th gen and the iPod photo/color are NOT compatible. The 4th gen has only 10 pins, whereas the photo/color have 12 pins.

Miles Raymond - Contestar

I successfully installed the new battery without removing the ribbon cable.

Michael Caputi - Contestar

&&^&. Just ripped the circuit. Destroyed my iPod. Thanks for nothing. Other fixes do not have this step. Horribly disappointed. This needs to be deleted!

Adam - Contestar

Any idea if it can be resoldered?

Adam - Contestar

Grasp the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive using your other hand.
  • Grasp the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive using your other hand.

  • If the cable doesn't come free easily, it may be helpful to gently wiggle the cable from side to side.

Note carefully how the orange ribbon cable is connected, as there are more holes than pins (at least on my hard drive) which makes it a little tricky to put it back correctly. Not that difficult, but I had to do it twice...

osset - Contestar

Just a curious question, since the hard drive is quite fragile, can it be replaced with a lets say: 8 GB fast CF card with built-in ATA?

callmered - Contestar

It can with an adapter. I picked one up on ebay for $2 from Hong Kong.

Eric Rumsey -

The Hard Drive can be replaced with a CompactFlash to Toshiba 1.8-inch IDE Hard Drive Converter and a CF Card. It works! http://www.dx.com/p/cf-to-toshiba-1-8-in...

Lion - Contestar

Peel up the black adhesive strip covering the hard drive ribbon cable.
  • Peel up the black adhesive strip covering the hard drive ribbon cable.

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Use the tip of your finger or a spudger to carefully flip up the black connector securing the hard drive cable to the logic board.  Note that the black retaining clip flips 90 degrees toward vertical, in the direction of the cable.
  • Use the tip of your finger or a spudger to carefully flip up the black connector securing the hard drive cable to the logic board. Note that the black retaining clip flips 90 degrees toward vertical, in the direction of the cable.

Hi. My ipod doesn't have a clip retaining the ribbon. How is mine held in place? I can't see how it would have been held in place. Your help is required.

Spencer - Contestar

Is the connection on the board ZIF?

krypta420 - Contestar

Yes. The ribbon cable may also be covered with a small sheet of thin black tape.

E West -

Pull the orange hard drive cable directly out of its connector.
  • Pull the orange hard drive cable directly out of its connector.

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Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.
  • Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.

Use of a small plastic separation tool to lift on the shoulders of the connector will make this easier. The body of the connector occupies most of the vertical portion of the assembly.

The wires are connected to the flat shoulder piece.

jimjarvis - Contestar

Use a spudger to flip up the black retaining bars securing the display and click wheel connectors to the logic board.
  • Use a spudger to flip up the black retaining bars securing the display and click wheel connectors to the logic board.

  • If you have an iPod Photo, the display connector (to the right of the picture) is located more centrally on the logic board.

This photo shows the display connector of an iPod 4th gen. The display connector of the photo/color is quite different.

Miles Raymond - Contestar

Remove the 6 black T6 Torx screws securing the logic board to the front panel.
  • Remove the 6 black T6 Torx screws securing the logic board to the front panel.

  • If you have an iPod Photo, there will only be 5 screws, as there is no screw in the top right corner of the iPod.

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Slide the orange click wheel ribbon cable out of its connector.  You must unlock this connector before sliding the ribbon cable out. The locking mechanism is on the opposite side of where the cable is inserted - it swivels upwards 90 degrees. Use a plastic spudger to lift the locking mechanism.
  • Slide the orange click wheel ribbon cable out of its connector. You must unlock this connector before sliding the ribbon cable out. The locking mechanism is on the opposite side of where the cable is inserted - it swivels upwards 90 degrees. Use a plastic spudger to lift the locking mechanism.

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Carefully lift up the large end of the logic board and disconnect the display connector.
  • Carefully lift up the large end of the logic board and disconnect the display connector.

  • Lift the logic board out of the iPod.

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Lift the display panel out of the iPod. There may be some mild adhesive connecting the display to the front panel.
  • Lift the display panel out of the iPod. There may be some mild adhesive connecting the display to the front panel.

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Conclusión

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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