Model A1136 / 30, 60, or 80 GB hard drive / black or white plastic front

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Replaced battery and harddrive but still gives sad face and reboots.

Even after replacing the harddrive and the battery it (5th gen iPod) still goes through the reboot cycle with the light grey apple then on to the sad face, the only thing left is the motherboard but am reluctant to replace since they are 70 dollars, but if needed will replace that also.

Need ideas or help.



I have done some minor cleaning with a toothbrush and while doing so didn't seem to see anything that looked burned, but will clean alittle bit better to see if this helps. If not, then I will get the logic board.

Thanx for all the help.

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I thought about HD cable as well, maybe that should be next item to replace. And to answer your question about iTunes recognizing it, no. Just to add a side note as well, when it reboots it goes to the Please Wait, Very Low Battery screen for a little while then reboots again. Seems that it may just need a charge but can't seem to get it to charge either.


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That kind of malfunction appears to be related to the logic board. Has something happend to it?

If there is corrosion, a cleaning might do the trick

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Was hoping that it wouldn't be logic board, not sure what happened to it as this iPod is my step daughters and it was lent out to someone and came back this way. So, no telling what happened to it. Well, I guess its off to get a new logic board plus I wanted to get a new back since this one is all scratched up.


hi, again. As I write in my answer, it appears to be the logic board that's somewhat out of order, but I can't say for sure. I have been able to restore minor logic board malfunction by cleaning it, but if a component has been burned, there is no way around replacing. Good luck.


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Does iTunes recognize the iPod if you connect it to your computer? It may be a bad hard drive cable.

iPod Video or Classic (Thin Case) Hard Drive Cable Image


iPod Video or Classic (Thin Case) Hard Drive Cable


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