iPod 5th Generation Battery Replacement
I have been trying to get a sufficiently large iPod to leave in my car connected to the audio system. I discovered my son's 30GB iPod 5th generation which had been sitting for some time due to a bad battery. I decided this would work for my wants and ordered the replacement battery from iFixit.
The repair itself was easy. There is a small degree of difficulty in manipulating the ribbon cables as they are very small and require dexterity. A pair of tweezers makes this much easier. The iFixit instructions, particularly with the pictures, were very helpful and detailed the steps. It only took about 20 minutes to complete. Some attention needs to be made when putting the hard drive back in place as the rubber bumpers want to come off and they need to be tucked in place in order for the case to fit together as it should. The iPod fired right up as soon as I got things reconnected. Unfortunately, it is not a completely happy ending. Apparently, I have a problem with the dock connector. The iPod will not make a connection to either be re-charged or synced with iTunes. I have troubleshooted a variety of possibilities included taking it apart again and disconnecting/reconnecting the hard drive to dock connector cable. I have not yet tried to use some isopropyl alcohol to clean the connector but there are no visible problems with it. Nor are there any apparent problems with the USB cables or sources of connection as my iPhone/iPad work properly when I connect them. I am open to any suggestions as to what the problem may be.
As mentioned above, the ribbon cables are small and a pair of tweezers is very helpful here. Also, make sure the rubber bumpers attached to the hard drive are in the proper position to ensure the case fits back together properly.