Replaced iPod screen, right side not responsive

So, I replaced my iPod screen and I have three problems now.

1. I slightly ripped the volume ribbon because the black tape that holds the volume button down was on the metal shield and when I lifted the shield the ribbon slightly ripped. Is this poor manufacturing and if I call apple will they fix it?

2. The bottom right side of the lcd is somewhat unresponsive. When i slide to unlock it doesn't fully reach the end, it takes some time before it does and also there are certain letters on the keyboard I can't click like U, H, J, B, and N. Why is this?

3. The volume button is constantly decreasing so I can never turn the volume up. Is there any place that will fix all of these problems, and if not what should I do with it, it's 64 gb!!?!?!

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Hi Haseeb,

Here are my suggestions for your problems:

1. The volume ribbon can easily be ripped because of the black tape between the metal plate and the PCB. The black tape protects the screen/digitizer unit to get in contact (and to possibly create a short cut) with the SMD capacitors on the PCB that are located in these three "windows". Unfortunately, this is the way the iPod is manufactured.

Sometimes, the black tape does not stick as strong to the PCB as in your case. However, in trying to repair an iPod touch 4G, tearing this flex cable is very common.

2. The bottom right side of the LCD that is somewhat unresponsive might be the effect of an imperfect connection between the digitizer and the motherboard. Check the connector of the digitizer which is located under the PCB (the black ribbon cable is the cable of the digitizer). It might need to be rightly pushed on.

3. Your volume issues: It seems to me that the volume flex cable that is damaged is responsible for your issues. Therefore, I suggest to completely replace this flex cable. This cable implies the power and the volume of your iPod and can be replaced by your yourself. However, it takes some experience in soldering to do that.

Apple might replace the cable and might also solve your digitizer issue. However, if your iPod is not under warranty anymore, it might cost a lot of money.

I hope this helps.


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