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original Apple iPod 160 gb charging port broke

A small broken thin piece of the charging port came out plus a couple of wires in the port are bent our repair shops do not work on the 1st gen iPods could that broken port be replaced with another one

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annmemery I am not sure which iPod you really have. It sounds like a iPod Classic but you referred to it as a "1st gen iPod" which would be a totally different beast.

From your description it sounds like you will have to replace the dock connector. As you probably already know it is soldered to the logic board. You will need to unsolder the old one and resolder a new one. Better have good tools, a steady hand and a good magnifying source for that repair. Here is a great video about the repair and the part is available at places like this and many others.

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