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March 31, 2014
iPod Classic quit working
I've had it open a couple times previously so that went OK. The toughest part was the speaker jack which is so tiny it's hard to tell that it has a flip-up retainer. Needed mag glass to see. Appreciated magnified view of it in Guide.
It's not an easy fix due to tiny jacks and ribbon wires. Locking tweezers are a big help for ribbon wires.
March 26, 2014
March 17, 2014
The old battery just would not allow me to watch more than about an hour of video - a terrible traveling companion.
The repair guide and comments were helpful. Getting the putty knife started was the hard part. Overall the repair worked, but I managed to break the hold button ribbon. Not sure how to not break it since Apple glued it under the battery. So, new battery but a non-functional hold button. Small price to pay for movies on the airplane.
When working the case near the earphone jack the guide says to pry the case and insert the opening tool on the side. This is difficult to impossible since the open side of the case is pushing on the closed side. I found it easier to slide the plastic opening tool around the corner to get at the closed side.
March 17, 2014
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.
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)
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.
January 15, 2014
My ipod classic (6th generation 80GB) was only getting a couple hours playback on a full battery charge. I was charging constantly everyday. I listened to one album and half the battery was gone.
Once I got the new battery, I started dissembling it. It took a while, un doing the pins was frustrating, but I finally got it open. The new battery came the glue on it, so swapping it was very easy.
Take your time opening it. The device will get scratched, but pay extra attention when putting it back together. Make all the pins are back in the original positions. Go on youtube and look up how to videos before starting.
January 11, 2014
Battery stopped charging.
It was like cracking open a safe. After I finally managed to pry it apart, my downfall was the battery connector. When I snapped out the old battery tape from the circuit board, the entire connector came off as well. The solder connectors between the connector and the board are extremely fragile apparently, so of course one snapped off inside the connector. After that, there was no hope for repair.
Be very very careful when taking off the battery tape from the connector. On another (successful) battery replacement, I made a little hook out of a paper clip that enabled me to be much more precise when lifting up on the release clip.
January 10, 2014
The part of my headphone jack that transmits to the right earphone went bad and it was really annoying. So I ordered a new jack and went ahead with a new battery as well.
The repair went great only took about 15 minutes total, about 5 to get it open. I didn't use putty knife though I just used the tools that came with the battey and used the metal spudger to unset the clips with very minimal damage to the casing there is just a minute gap on the right side but I can live with that.
Opening the device is the hardest part so just be very gentle with it but thanks to the repair guide i can enjoy my iPod again.
December 27, 2013
About a year ago my brand new iPod classic got a tiny amount of water inside of it, and the battery was almost completely fried. It would flash the apple sign repeatedly after a month of no use, but still did nothing.
It says that it was rated a 6/10 difficulty, but it was my first time and completed it within ten minutes! It was a little rough getting the tools between the front and back of the iPod but with a little thought and wedging it was completed!
Never get discouraged when your iPod has anything wrong with it, troubleshoot it and don't hold back! It's a lot easier than you think!
November 20, 2013
Two old iPods (30 & 80 gig) batteries were dead. Otherwise they were in pristine condition. Apple repairs were too costly and time consuming for my taste.
I followed the iFixit instructions and watched videos. As others will testify, opening these little beauties is THE HARDEST part of the job. My 30 gig finally opened without any damage and the battery replacement was a snap. However my poor 80 gig suffered significant cosmetic damage as well as the LCD display was damaged just from trying to open the darn thing. Yet it now works great as long as I have it plugged into a vehicle and don't need the iPod display screen.
If you are prissy about your iPods and don't want to risk damage spend the money and time and take to Apple. In my case these iPods were useless without new batteries so it was worth the risk. Opening them is the only hard part. Be especially careful around the screen it is the easiest area to start the process but it is also where the most damage can occur. For $40 they were both fixed in three days time (from battery order to repaired).
November 7, 2013
I have had my 80 gig ipod classic since Christmas 2007, and I listen to it every day, at home, the gym, vacation, you name it. Here in the past couple of weeks I noticed the battery was running out awful fast. It would be fully charged and be almost dead after playing 3-4 songs. I knew it was the battery going kaput and had no way to repair. I found this site, was astonished at how cheap a replacement battery was ($15) , so I decided to take a shot.
It started out tough. I wanted to take my time and do it right, but the going was SLOW at first. I purchased the battery with the tools, and the first step to the repair showed the plastic tools in the seam between the ipod faceplate and the back and the repair goes from there. I don't know about other peoples ipod's but mine was super tight (felt like it was welded) and there was no way of getting the plastic tool in the seam. I nearly ruined both tools trying to get it in the seam and was ready to give up. To me this first step was the hardest part. I tried everything I could think of but finally settled on the thin strip of metal above the charging slot. I put the tool in there and bowed it out slightly giving me enough room to slip the plastic tool in the gap and work it around to the side. This should have been step 1. After that the repair went smoothly.
Charged my baby up and it works fine. I was careful with the repair and you can't even tell it had been taken apart.
This is what I would recommend if I had to do it again:
1) Take your time.
2) Carefully (without bending) bow out the strip of metal above the charging slot just enough to get the tool inserted then carefully work it around one of the corners to the side. Then start with step 1.
3) I found once I had one side free the ipod acted like a hinge, I couldn't get the tool in the other side because it was too tight. I didn't have a putty knife, so I used a flat head screwdriver to slowly work into the seam and turn (careful not to damage the case) until it came apart.
4) The battery replacement went smooth, but I would recommend having tweezers handy. The headphone and battery strip fit into a small slot that is a pain to get back in. holding the strip in place with tweezers helped a lot.
5) Enjoy your revitalized ipod. :)