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

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Battery and Front Panel Replacement disaster

After successfully opening the iPod (5th Gen Video) case, separating the battery cable from the logic board and then replacing the front panel and the battery I attempted to reassemble in reverse order.

This is seriously not as easy as taking it apart. There should be a whole video showing EXACTLY how to reassemble the small ribbon cables into the surface mount connectors. The hard drive connector is especially difficult and is easy to pull away from the motherboard connector where it is just held in place with a tacky glue on the underside of the ribbon connector.

In any case the battery cable connector on the bottom right side of the front panel section near the dock port has pulled away from the motherboard. The soldered legs have become separated. I will now have to attempt repair by soldering of this mess before reassembling. Any suggestions? Is this little battery cable connector even repairable or will I need a need logic board?

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jbrown2, that is one of the most common problems with this repair. The clip breaks off habitually. I have gone to using a paper clip bend into and L-shape and the just pull the clasp gently straight up. It is an SMD connector and possibly can be resoldered. If you have all the parts to it, take it to a place that does SMD repair (most TV repair placed do it now), unless you have the tools and the experience to do it yourself. If you lost the connector it is available at places like this. Also read this question The Brown connector broken.. Otherwise, you will need a new logic board. If you do a search in the 592 solutions, you will see, that you are not the only one that this has happened to. Hope this helps, good luck.

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