iPod Nano 2nd Generation Display Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Replace a cracked or faulty display.

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Edit Step 1 Case Assembly  ¶ 

  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Carefully insert an iPod opening tool in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic top.

  • Lift the top bezel off the iPod. It's glued on using a mild adhesive, so some force may be required.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • When removing the bottom bezel, be sure not to bend the plastic surrounding the dock connector.

  • Carefully insert an iPod opening tool in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic bezel.

  • Lift the bottom bezel off the iPod. It's glued on using a mild adhesive, so some force may be required.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the following two screws:

    • One #00 Phillips screw with a large head near the headphone jack.

    • One #00 Phillips screw with a smaller head near the side of the iPod. This screw strips easily, so be sure to press down firmly on the screwdriver.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to carefully pry the headphone jack out of the casing. DO NOT remove the headphone jack from the iPod entirely, as it is connected via a fragile ribbon connector to the click wheel.

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  • Slide the headphone jack out until the white plastic housing is no longer held in place by the metal casing.

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  • Remove the newly-revealed Phillips #00 screw from beneath the headphone jack. Be careful, this screw is easily stripped.

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  • Lift the bottom bezel bracket out of the iPod.

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  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the top of the iPod.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • The highlighted connector attaches the click wheel and headphone jack to the logic board. This cable must be disconnected from the logic board before continuing.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the headphone jack cable from the logic board. You need to gently pry the connector toward (or up, if you like, the connector is like LEGO® building blocks) the front of the iPod until it comes loose from the logic board.

  • Special hint for the reassembly: Push the connector inside until it is over the corresponding connector of the logic board. Then insert a thin tool over the connector and push it down onto the logic boards connector.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to push the logic board through the iPod out of the casing. The click wheel and headphone jack should remain in the iPod.

  • Be careful not to catch the headphone jack and click wheel on the logic board as you remove the logic board and display.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • When removing the logic board, place the tip of the spudger into the hole where you removed the screw and gently push it out. The crevice will keep it in place and decrease the chance of you damaging your board.

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  • Completely remove the display and logic board from the metal casing.

  • When reassembling, ensure that the battery is well seated. If the fit is too tight, the edge of the display will score the inside of the screen window.

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Edit Step 15 Display  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to gently pry the battery up from the back of the display. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the display with your spudger.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to carefully pry the metal bracket off the back of the display. Make sure you only pry off the bracket and not the clear shielding on the rear of the display. By working from the inside of the display, you won't be able to accidentially pry up the clear plastic shielding.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Peel up the orange tape covering the display ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to flip up the black plastic tab holding the orange display ribbon in place. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Slide the display ribbon out of its connector and lift the display off of the logic board.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the iPod Nano 2nd Generation device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

I also had a white screen. I emailed ifixit support and Brady Cabe suggested I reseat the display connector. That did it!

One hint: when you reverse the steps, you will have to reinstall the top bezel but you don't have to completely reassemble the bottom in order to test it. The earphone plug can be left hanging out (avoiding wear and tear on the fragile ribbon cable) as well as the metal brace and the three screws that hold everything together at the bottom - that reduces the possibility of stripping the screws. In my case, I did strip one of the bottom screws: the screen was broken in a car accident that also bent the case enough to make it hard to get to one of the teeny tiny screws. Even though I stripped that one, I was able to get it out by turning it with a (tiny) straight blade screwdriver: there was enough purchase for that even though the head of the screw does not have much material left.

nick, · Reply

I found that a 000 Phillips screwdriver worked FAR better than the 00 for all of the screws. Also, the one I repaired had a surprising amount of adhesive holding the battery down. The square end of the plastic spudger worked well to separate the battery from the rest of the internals allowing it to be rotated down and out of the way.

adamjacob, · Reply

No success here. I could not figure out how the black retainer worked in order to release the ribbon cable for the display. I ended up breaking it. I tried to put it back together anyway to see if there was sufficient contact to make it work, but evidently not. Oh well, a $50 lesson. One other tool that is needed here is a jeweler's magnifying glass. Magnified pics in these instructions would also be a benefit. Also, can someone tell me how you're supposed to get that one recessed screw back in place?

albertm, · Reply

I logged this as a success, but I actually wound up stripping the screw on this step (I printed out earlier instructions that didn't have the warning). Reassembled it without said screw and I'm hoping for the best!

anja, · Reply

The screw on this step also stripped when I was following this tutorial, despite being very careful and taking the time for everything. This really happens _REALLY_ easily!

I too reassembled the iPod without this particular screw. So far I've noticed no side-effects from this.

Ultimately I was able to complete the whole guide and repair the Nano succesfully! :-D

wil, · Reply

The headphone ribbon and the click wheel is on the top side of the cover, so be sure to apply force toward the down side to avoid scratching the click wheel's PCB.

lioneltailhardat, · Reply

When sliding back the logic board, watch out not to put too much stress on the side with the screen and the window, cause it may lead to annoying stripes on your window

Jasper Jonkman, · Reply

The plastic tab is very fragile. Mine is broken while repairing and now I do not know how to fix the ribbon - has anyone an idea???

minne, · Reply

iput in the screen but it shows up completly white. does the screen not work or did i put it in wrong somehow?

psycho, · Reply

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