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Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement

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  1. Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement, iPod Dock Connector Cable: step 1, image 1 of 3 Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement, iPod Dock Connector Cable: step 1, image 2 of 3 Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement, iPod Dock Connector Cable: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Unscrew the four Phillips screws on the backside of the docking system.

    • The screws are located quite deep. Make sure you have a long screwdriver to be able to reach the screws.

    • Be aware of the plastic threads. Using too much force can tear this up.

  2. Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Separate the housing in two parts.

    • The dock connector is slid in two parts on the top of the system, make sure you slide the two housing parts in this line of direction.

    • The two parts are glued on the sides of the speakers. Use some force to separate the two housing parts.

    • The internal parts are still connected to each other. Don't pull the housing parts too far from each other.

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    • Slide the dock connector out of the housing part.

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    • Unscrew the three screws using a Phillips #2 screwdriver to remove the T-shaped circuit board holder.

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    • Remove the T-shaped circuit board holder.

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    • Remove the circuit board from the housing part.

    • The circuit board is still connected to another circuit board with a cable.

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    • Disconnect the 5-pin connector between the two circuit boards.

    • The connectors are tightly connected. Hold the other circuit board to prevent it from breaking while disconnecting the 5-pin connector.

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    • Look how the cables are oriented.

    • Take a picture with your phone. It's easier to look it up than recalling your memory.

  9. Apple iPod Dock Connector Cable Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Trigger the desoldering pump before heating the solder.

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    • Heat up the solder.

    • If you don't want to damage your workspace, it's probably handy to place something underneath.

    • The circuit board will be getting hot. To make it more stable you can clamp it in a vise or alligator clips.

    • The heated solder tends to fume—do not inhale this! Do this in a well ventilated room.

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    • If the solder becomes fluid, keep the desoldering pump near the solder.

    • Push the button on the desoldering pump to suck the solder.

    • Solder will solidify fast, so you need to act quickly.

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    • Strip the cables with a wire stripper.

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    • Check if the cable is in the right position.

    • Heat up the contact point on the circuitboard.

    • If the contact point is hot enough, you can add a little bit of solder.

    • Don't inhale the fumes.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instruction in reverse order from step 7

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