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I Did It! Fix most anything with help from the internet and YouTube

by gboyles

My Problem

I have had this 4th generation Ipod for what seems like forever. The other day I took it with me on a run for the first time in a long time and the battery died 16 minutes into the run.

My Fix

My first thought was remembering a friend told me a few years ago his Ipod battery died and he had to send it into Apple for a new battery at a cost of $100. Since my Ipod is older than most, I was not willing to even consider spending that kind of money for a battery. So, I did a search of Ipod batteries and came across the IFIXIT website. I read the battery replacement guide and watched a few You tube videos on the subject and decided to buy the battery and give fixing it myself a try. I have been playing the Ipod for 2 1/2 hours on this charge and it is still going strong.

My Advice

I read the battery replacement guideline and watched the You tube videos a couple of times then started on the repair. As was pointed out, getting the case open is the most difficult part. I took the Ipod apart, replaced the battery and closed it up. I got the sad face and almost panicked. I re-read the guideline and re-watched the videos, then decided to take the Ipod apart again. I looked inside and closed the case again. Sad face again. I then left the Ipod plugged into the computer over night and when I looked at it the next day it had a check mark on the screen. Oh Boy. Or so I thought. As soon as I tried to turn it on the sad face came back. I wound up taking it completely apart a third time and this time I saw that somehow I had pulled the cable away from the logic board under the hard drive. After getting the cable reconnected and putting everything back together again, I closed the Ipod up and bingo. It worked. My advice is pay close attention to each step of the directions and don't give up. The direction on your guide do not give detail about removing all of the six screws and I needed to do that to get the cable reconnected. It was pointed out on a You tube video. I didn't realize you would be asking for pictures so I didn't take any.