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iPod comes back from the dark side

danimaljohnson -

iPod 4th Generation or Photo

iPod 4th Generation or Photo Display Replacement

iPod 4th Generation or Photo Display Replacement


Mi Problema

My iPod display's backlight became permanently dark since I last, um, "fixed" it over 5 years ago. I had fixed its broken hard drive but somehow damaged the screen's backlight during the process. So the iPod worked, but without really bright supplemental light it was relatively useless.

The old 4th generation iPod Photo supported accessories that newer ones don't: i.e. radio accessory, USB camera connection, IR remote control, etc.

Mi Solucion

Everything went smoothly. Less than 10 minutes start to finish. The guide was very helpful at showing how to pry open the case properly. I wish I had that information last time I tried prying the thing open.

The repair kit's metal spudgers had no problem safely opening the case (I didn't have the plastic opening tools handy when I opened it).

Mi Consejo

Others have suggested not removing the hard drive cable. You probably could skip this step if you are afraid of breaking a pin. I disconnected it without problems, but found the tweezers helpful reinstalling the circuit board end of the ribbon cable.

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