iPod Nano 1st Generation Battery & Logic Board Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Very difficult

The motherboard/battery assembly is sold together.

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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

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

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  • The rear panel is secured to the front case by eleven clips permanently attached to the rear panel. These clips lock onto small tabs machined into the front case.

  • To free the tabs, they must be pushed down and away from the iPod's case. Note the location of all tabs on the rear panel. When using an iPod opening tool to free the rear panel, be sure to work the tool at the location of these clips.

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  • Opening the iPod can be challenging. Don't get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

  • Insert the large iPod opening tool into the seam between the front case and rear panel of the iPod, below the dock connector. Run the tool back and forth to create an opening. The tool's edge should point toward the rear panel to prevent any accidental scratching of the aluminum front case.

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  • Insert a small iPod opening tool into the seam on the Hold button side of the iPod, with the edge of the tool pointing toward the rear panel.

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  • The large iPod opening tool is no longer needed to gain access to the left side of the iPod.

  • Gently enlarge the existing gap by pressing/wiggling the small iPod opening tool into the gap near each of the two tabs attached to the rear case, pushing the clips toward the center of the iPod until both have been freed.

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  • Repeat the same procedure listed in the previous step to free the five clips along the headphone jack side of the iPod.

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  • After ensuring all tabs are free, separate the two halves of the iPod.

  • The rear panel is now free from the iPod.

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Edit Step 8 Battery & Logic Board  ¶ 

  • Remove any kapton tape over the screws, if necessary.

  • Remove the following 3 screws:

    • Two 3 mm Phillips screws near the dock connector.

    • One 4 mm Phillips screw along the edge of the logic board.

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  • Peel up the ground strap connecting the battery to the logic board.

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the battery and the headphone jack side of the front case to pry the battery up off the adhesive securing it to the front case.

  • Rotate the battery out of the iPod and lay it next to the iPod. The battery is still soldered to the logic board by three wires, so don't remove it entirely.

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  • Gently lift up on the dock connector end of the logic board to ensure the logic board is free.

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  • Grasp the end of the logic board near the battery connector with one hand, and hold onto the rest of the iPod with your other hand.

  • Make sure the logic board is lifted slightly above the white plastic notch on the battery side of the board. This notch prevents the board from sliding out in the next step.

  • Slide the logic board out of its holding brackets on the rear of the display.

  • The logic board is still connected to the iPod by two ribbon cables.

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  • Disconnecting the following two ribbon cables may be challenging. To prevent straining the cables or connectors, you can only separate the two halves of the iPod about 1/2 inch during the process.

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

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  • Use a spudger to slide the display ribbon out of its connector.

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

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  • Use a spudger to slide the click wheel ribbon out of its connector.

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  • The logic board and battery are now free from the iPod.

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

For more information, check out the iPod Nano 1st Generation device page.

Required Tools

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Plastic Opening Tools

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Okay this was really tough for me. Heck give me an iPod video or an iPhone 3 anytime compared to the Nano. I used tweezers as well as a magnifying work lamp, still not an easy task. Just had to remember " Haste makes Waste"

oldturkey03, · Reply

Turn on the notes and READ thru all the steps and the notes, especially the ones involving the ribbon cables.

patjmccarthy, · Reply

Note that the 4mm screw has slightly wider pitch; you'll need this when putting the unit back together.

daisystanton, · Reply

The battery ground strap does not have to be replaced. It works fine without it.

henrymf, · Reply

Both ribbon cables were especially difficult to put back in. I can't say I succeeded in getting the nano to work again. If you can avoid detaching the cables, do it. If you're replacing the clickwheel, there's no way of avoiding it unfortunately.

patjmccarthy, · Reply

A little tip if you are replacing the screen: Reconnect this ribbon cable from the new screen BEFORE affixing the screen to the adhesive! It will make it much easier. Also be sure that the little black things are UP before trying to put the ribbon in, and make sure you put them DOWN before closing up! The black things on the receptacle "lock" the cable in place, so it is important that you have it STRAIGHT or it wont work. Good luck!

Schovelbuddy, · Reply

Getting the display ribbon back in place is the most difficult maneuver in the whole fix. I actually broke the black plastic tab in half while trying to close it back down, (be very gentle with it!). Managed to put the broken half back in(tweezers and patience) and get that ribbon in and put it back down. This battery replacement was the most difficult/tedious repair I have ever done. Don't do it unless you are brave and stubborn.

checheconleche, · Reply

You can leave out this steps with disconnecting the two cables.

Without disconnecting the two cables, one can separate the two pieces only 1/2 inch. This is enough to work carefully with the soldering iron and change the battery.

It's a little bit difficult to work with the needle to open the three holes after removing the old battery - but you can do it.

From the reading of the other notes it seems to me easier than to disconnect the two cables

cguenther, · Reply

Don't do this unless you have to. Getting this ribbon back in is nearly impossible.

daisystanton, · Reply

Quote from daisystanton:

Don't do this unless you have to. Getting this ribbon back in is nearly impossible.

Try using tweezers or medical clamps to reach in that tight spot. Use these tools to also connect the click wheel ribbon back to the logic board.

rsharich, · Reply

Stamp tweezers worked great for the ribbon cable! (Search eBay or Amazon, or your local hobby store.) This would be a useful tool for iFixIt to add to their inventory.

Michael Lance,

yeah i just finished puting in a brand new display but it only goes white - no text or anything just white.

any tips?

Mabrew, · Reply

Quote from Mabrew:

yeah i just finished puting in a brand new display but it only goes white - no text or anything just white.

any tips?

Did you ever fix it from white?

katie, · Reply

I wish I had read this thread before trying to remove the ribbons. I was unable to successfully restore these connections after installing the battery. Now my ipod, previously sick, is now dead.

gregkotis, · Reply

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