What people don't know is that APPLE products aren't PERFECT as they try to market them to be. I love my HTC Android because it works and I can take it apart with a screwdriver.
APPLE products are designed to be extremely difficult to open and repair by the consumer or repair shops. Almost all their portable products will have to get bent and/or scratched to get them open.
What people don't know is that the ONLINE GUIDES with all the rave reviews... are. One **** tells you to use a putty knife to separate the battery.. from the case or board.. etc..
Nowhere do you see where the *** tells you to disconnect the battery first.
Nowhere does he tell you that in the process of opening up your device, by prying it with some tool... that it will probably damage it even more, if not burn-out/Break the Circuit board or its components. Other than scratching it up everywhere..
When your iPod doesn't play out of one side.. but does on the other; or some times plays the song, but you hear nothing.. (while you know for a fact your headphones work..) it can be several things:
1. The CASE is shorting out the board or a component.
2. A component lost its connection:
a.) A cold solder Joint
b.) A component blew out
c.) A component fell off its place especially after impact.
d.) the Head phone jack has lint in it.
e.) the headphone jack has a broken contact.
f.) the Solder tabs on the Head Phone Jack needs re-soldering.
g.) the cold solder joint on BGA CPU. (Time to buy a new iPod or better, an Android)
3. The Audio Amp circuit (or section of the CPU) is burnt out.
4. Water damage or dried gunk, shorting out solder joints/Contacts...
5. A99LE sucks (sorry Steve); or at least its Designers/MFGs do.
If you know for a fact, that you know what you are doing and have experience... You might be surprised to find that removing the case and keeping it removed, fixes the problem. Naturally, you're not going to walk around with an open iPod. But at least you know the Case is the culprit. That's one of the reasons I say it sucks.
Rule #1: Don't short out the board with your fancy design.
What would it cost Apple to cover the test points and Tape/Epoxy the exposed areas?
Back up your stuff often!
Don't want to mess with it? I don't blame you.
Bring it to [URL|http://www.EpicDataRecovery.com].
DO NOT WATCH THOSE **** KIDS ON YOUTUBE or any other site telling you to open your APPLE (or any other portable) device..!
YOU WILL BRICK IT!