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iFixit was great but my 8GB iPod Classic was too far gone

james -

iPod Classic

Afbeelding van het verhaal

iPod Classic Battery Replacement

30 minuten - 2 uren

Very difficult

Mijn probleem

iPod classic was giving me a red circle with a red X.

I might have gotten it a tad moist but I wiped off the seawater that got splashed onto it very quickly - not quickly enough it would seem.

Mijn oplossing

Upon opening the iPod I discovered the battery cable was corroded. I'm thinking the system is not getting the power to the right places to boot the HD etc. - iFixit had the part - I ordered it.

Part arrived and I set about replacing it. I then realized the corrosion had also weakened the cable "holder" on the motherboard but with a little careful re-soldering that was also fixed.

Problem was - the red X is still there.

Next thing I checked was the HD (I should have checked here first...) After removing a sticker, rubber bumpers and some foam I open the HD casing and see that there is extensive corrosoion to the HD's board. Conclusion - that's my problem and it's toast.

A replacement HD is beyond my means so I have a bunch of known working components up for grabs, including the brand new unused (but opened) battery from iFixit.

Hey iFixit it do you want them? (or anyone else for that matter?)

- working LCD unit

- working click wheel unit

- front & back casing

- motherboard to HD cable

- audio jack cable assembly

Basically everything except for the HD and motherboard (because I re-soldered it)

Mijn advies

Don't jump to conclusions when you open your device. Yes, it might be the problem but there may be others lurking that also need your attention and may put the scope of repair beyond your means or abilities.

iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery afbeelding
iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery


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