Repairing an out of use Ipod 5
As usual I decline any responsibility, if something
happen to your computer after having followed this
Why this operation ?
Because, as said by the previous owner that kindly gave
it to to me (thanks again to him):
"The LCD diplay is dead (broken and the liquid lies
between the PVC strips). Since the breaking, I used it as a
hard disk. But, with my home machine, it seems that it is
impossible to mount, but this works with my office Mac (both
of them are G4 with OS 9.2.1). I am bored in trying to use
this piece of hardware. So Basta..."
-> That was a good opportunity to check wat was inside
this thing, and to try to solve all, or part of the
problems. In fact it does not mount every time I try to use
it, sometimes it leaves when transfering data etc. More,
this could also be useful to someone who would change the
battery of his first generation Ipod.
I started to shut the Ipod down. Move the switch button
on "locked" position.
Then, I need to remove the metal case (you can see a part
of the PVC latches showed by the yellow arrows on the first
picture above). To do that, as usual, I use my mini-lever
delicately, opening all of the clips.
The Ipod upside down on the table, we must take off the
HD/power set after opening the two lips shown by the yellow
arrows. Hold firmly, but gently, as on this side we have to
remove the power supply from the chip (blue arrow).
There, we can disconnect the power chip connector, but
while still holding firmly and gently the disk/battery set,
since in fact, on the other side there is the IDE napper to
be also removed.
The yellow arrow shows the connector to be removed, the
blue one shows the HD and the white one the battery.
The battery.HD set is now separeted from the case and the
To move the electonic parts out the front of the Ipod ,
we have to remove the 4 screws (Torx 6) showed by the yellow arrows.
The one on the right below is only visible after removing
the silent block that keeps the disc in place, here shown by
the blue arrow. The white arrow shows one of the four
latches that keep the LCD display with the motherboard.
The separated components and a view of the surely dead
At the connector side, we can see a tear of glue placed
there to probably protect the napper from the motherboard
The yellow arrow shows one of the 4 latches keeping the
disply in place, the blue one shows the connector of the
napper to the display.
Once the display unscrewed from the motherboard, we have
enough room to move the connectors (jack & firewire).
It is recommended to remove the connector showed here by
the yellow arrow. I did not do it myself, having no new LCD
display to replace and nothing to protect considering the
condition of the one here.
A view of the firewire connector and solderings.
We can see with this picture how tiny the thing is...
Here we can see an unsold slip.
The yellow arrows shows the break of the soldering.
Now a little drop of soldering.
We can now reassemble the Ipod doing everything we done
to deassemble but, reversely.
And now, the Ipod mount each time on the desktop, with OS
9 as well as OS X. I took this opportunity to install a
basic OS 9 & X, as well as repair utilities and two GB
of music that I listen to randomly.
Boeckel (see in my links page) told me :
"I looked carefully your document on the Ipod.
Ok, for the pin soldering, but it seems that the 4 others
latches soldering are in bad condition as well, I think this
would be better to repair them, as this is where it had to
be strongly soldered.
I reopened the Ipod and did the soldering again, well
done as shown by the blue arrows, at little too hot as shown
by the yellow ones.
Here above, you can see the unusual tools used to open
the Ipod. (the one above leaves no trace), this too is also
used to remove components when unsoldering. But Ludovic
Lange says that this is possible to open it with 3
guitar plectrums. As I don't play this intrument (or any
other), I did no make the try.
The other tool (below) has been kindly given by my
dentist, as one of the side was broken. This is perfect to
detach small connectors :-)
If you wish to thank or forsten me...