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Installing iPod Touch 2nd Generation Front Panel
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Remove the front panel in order to enter your iPod and make more repairs.
- Author: Shannon Murphy
- Time required: 20 to 30 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
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On the 2nd generation iPod Touch, a plastic frame is glued to the glass panel’s outer edges. There are black plastic strips at the bottom and top of the device where the frame is also glued. There are rubber strips that encircle the edge of the glass panel.
Wedge the PX 3688 plastic opening tool between the glass front panel and the plastic frame. Start near the top where the volume control buttons are located and stay on one side of iPod.
Turn the tool in a hinge-like rotation away from the iPod and try to pry the glass panel out of its case.
Be careful and don’t be afraid to work at a slow and gentle pace. Try to avoid breaking anything inside the iPod, especially the screen. You do not want to crack the screen.
Continue inserting the PX 3688 plastic tool into the gaps along the iPod and pry the screen up towards you slowly.
Make sure not to slide the tool along the edge once you’ve managed to wedge it between the screen and panel. Instead repeat the process of prying the tool into a point along one of the edges and removing the tool to insert it at another point.
Work your way around the iPod, prying the front panel up until it is completely separated from the clips.
Once it has been completely separated, lift the front panel out of the bottom case.
Be careful of the touch screen connector cable still attached near the upper left corner of the iPod.
If the cable tears, your display will be useless.
Using the PX 3688, pry the touch screen cable connector off the top logic board.
Check the now removed front panel for any damage. Be careful not to scratch the front panel on the underside of the black portions.
Clean the face of the display and the inner face of the front panel. You don’t want dust or fingerprints collecting in the iPod once it has been reassembled.
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