How do I tell if this iPod even works?

I found a HEAVILY damaged iPod that I want to try fixing but I don't want to buy all the parts if I can't fix it. The device is missing the digitizer, LCD, and battery. If I get a battery for it and solder it in can I simply connect it to an iTunes PC and wait to see if it boots and is recognized?

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added a battery. won't boot. dock connector may be the issue. how do I test it?

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yes buy a battery and if itunes recognizes it should be alright.

as long as there is nothing missing from the motherboard or anything

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keep me post on the progress

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Your best bet is to take to professional I recommend computer rooms Nottingham go check them out online. They also take international post aswel from what I see there the best. Best of luck .

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Thank you sir, I'll order a battery and hope this thing works

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OK I got a battery and soldered it up, plugged it in and waited... nothin

where do I go now? anything I can check to find what's wrong? If I accidentally bridged the terminals for just a second during soldering would it have destroyed the board? the dock connector also happens to be fairly difficult to plug a cable into.

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ordered a new dock, desoldered the old one flawlessly

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UPDATE: IT WORKS!!! I got my LCD in the mail and used an old broken digitizer I had from a different repair and it works perfectly! I'm still waiting on my new digitizer, dock connecter, and backplate. I do have one issue though; the home button spring appears to be missing... I have heard some people had success soldering a spring from a cheap pen cut down to size onto it?

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