Model A1040 / 10, 15, 20, 30, or 40 GB hard drive / four touch-sensitive LED backlit buttons above touch wheel

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What is wrong with this thing? Battery?

Every once in a while, my ipod will start acting weird. The song will start skipping parts as though I am hitting the fast forward arrow, and it takes me forever to get it to stop. After a few tries, I am usually able to get it to restart. When I do, the contrast goes very very dim and I have to reset it. Plus the battery gets like half drained. Sometimes it doesn't do it for months, others it does it a couple times in a row. But really it is pretty rare. Also I am getting about 2 hours of battery life from it lately.. And the battery was replaced in April. Is that average? I use it typically about three hours a day. Is the battery just getting worn out already? Thanks for any answers :) By the way, I know I should get a new one, I just like this one, and I am really kind of curious as to why it does this.

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well since it's a new battery, and the first one lasted 7 years, I doubt that's the issue. I'd sooner point my finger at that hard drive; if you move the iPod often over the past almost-decade while it's on that will definitely cut into the life of the drive. it's replaceable though, very easily. I worked on a 3rd gen last week replacing the logic before and never before have I found an iPod so easy to work on!

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So I also kind of broke the switch off that connects to the hold button.. So if I were to replace the drive, would that be replaced too? Or is that connected to the logic board? I am not entirely sure exactly when the battery was replaced. I bought it on ebay in April and they said they had replaced it. But I looked back on my old question on here and realized that they didn't say exactly when they did..

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I know when i opened it up and tried to fix the hold switch, it was connected to the flat green piece inside. Is that the hard drive?

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the metal part with the blue rubber lining in his left hand is the hard drive:iPod 3rd Generation Front Panel Replacement and the flat green thing you're probably talking about is the logic board.

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Can you replace the hard drive with a 20 gig. if the ipod was originally a 15 gig?

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