Introduction

Replace the broken logic board in your iPod Nano.

Image 1/3: Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device.
  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and top bezel near the screen.

  • Lifting up on the iPod opening tool, gently pry the top panel off of the device.

  • The bezel is attached with adhesive, and may require some force to remove.

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  • Use an iPod opening tool to pry the hold switch button off of the hold switch plate.

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Image 1/1: These screws are angled toward the outer case and are also very small. Use a sharp screwdriver and be careful not to strip the screws.
  • Remove the two 3.2 mm screws.

  • These screws are angled toward the outer case and are also very small. Use a sharp screwdriver and be careful not to strip the screws.

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Image 1/1: While slightly lifting up on the iPod opening tool, pull the hold switch plate out of the iPod.
  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the outer case and the metal hold switch plate near the top of the screen .

  • While slightly lifting up on the iPod opening tool, pull the hold switch plate out of the iPod.

  • The hold switch plate is still attached to iPod by a very thin, very fragile ribbon cable. Be careful not to break it.

My ribbon broke.

I see that on the pictures further down, you removed the covering plate, which I would suggest to do, as it'll put less weight on the ribbon.

Luckily, we can find spare ones. In fact it doesn't sell alone, it's with the earphones jack.

Michel Raj - Reply

Image 1/2: Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.
  • The glass panel is held in place by adhesive on all four sides. In the following steps, work carefully to avoid cracking the glass.

  • Insert an iPod opening tool between the display and the glass panel at the top of the device.

  • Rotate the iPod opening tool towards the rear of the device, slightly lifting the top of the glass out of the outer case.

  • The glass panel does not raise very far. Do not attempt to completely remove the panel yet, or you are likely to break the display screen.

I would recommend using a heat gun.

raul mald - Reply

At this point, I find it helps to separate the lock switch from the top metal casting. You then have just the switch dangling on the fragile ribbon cable. Much less likely to snag or break the ribbon. Just loosen (Don't remove completely) the two Phillips screws. The heavy clunky casting bit can be removed.

Pete Green - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the first iPod opening tool from between the glass and LCD in the top of the device.
  • While lifting the screen up with one iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the outer case and the top left edge of the glass panel.

  • Remove the first iPod opening tool from between the glass and LCD in the top of the device.

The iPod I repared had a cracked screen. Caution here because it doesn't pop out that easily. I had to apply some force on the plastic opening tool while using another tool to take out the shards (who are glued to the side).

matthiasvercaemst - Reply

Image 1/2: Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.
  • Prying up slightly on the iPod opening tool, insert a second iPod opening tool in between the front glass and the outer case, on the right side of the screen.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool along the right edge of the panel to remove the adhesive.

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Image 1/2: Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.
  • With one iPod opening tool still between the glass and outer case, insert a second iPod opening tool inbetween the front glass and outer case, on the right side.

  • Slide the second iPod opening tool toward the bottom of the device to remove the adhesive.

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  • Lifting the glass from the side nearest the top of the iPod, remove the glass panel from the Nano.

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Image 1/2: Use a low heat setting and do not hold the heat gun in place for too long to avoid melting the plastic bezel.
  • Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive underneath the plastic bezel at the bottom of the iPod.

  • Use a low heat setting and do not hold the heat gun in place for too long to avoid melting the plastic bezel.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the bezel from the case of the iPod and remove it.

On the Nano I worked on I had to do steps 12-14 before step 10 because the metal plate on the bottom is one of the two things holding the click wheel in place.

ethan - Reply

You MUST remove the bottom plate BEFORE forcing of the wheel or you WILL tare it apart as there is a lug on the bottom plate that holds the wheel in place ( wish I had known this before I damaged mine)

also do not lose the very small spring that is under the wheel (I DID )

Keith - Reply

+1. There is a tiny piece of plastic containing a little spring just under the wheel. Remove thoses parts before extracting the main board or you will probably loose them.

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Image 1/3: Two 4.4 mm angled Phillips screws
  • Unscrew three screws from the bottom of the iPod:

    • Two 4.4 mm angled Phillips screws

    • One 5.4 mm Phillips screw.

  • These screws may not come out on their own, so be sure not to lose them when removing the retainer.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the metal retainer out from the bottom of the iPod and remove it.

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Image 1/2: Use the metal spudger to pry up the bottom edge of the click wheel.
  • Insert a metal spudger into the slot at the bottom of the iPod just above the dock connector.

  • Use the metal spudger to pry up the bottom edge of the click wheel.

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Image 1/2: Pry up the edges of the click wheel with the guitar pick until the click wheel comes free from the case.
  • Place a guitar pick between the click wheel and the case of the Nano and remove the metal spudger.

  • Pry up the edges of the click wheel with the guitar pick until the click wheel comes free from the case.

  • Do not try to completely remove the click wheel yet, as it is still held in place by a ribbon cable.

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Image 1/2: Remove the click wheel.
  • Lift the click wheel out of the way with one hand and use a plastic opening tool to pry the click wheel ribbon cable connector off its socket on the logic board.

  • Remove the click wheel.

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Image 1/3: Pry the camera/microphone cover off the case with a metal spudger and remove it.
  • Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive underneath the camera/microphone cover.

  • Pry the camera/microphone cover off the case with a metal spudger and remove it.

  • It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid damaging the iPod case near the camera. While this will not affect the iPod's functionality, it will hurt its cosmetic appearance.

Use a heatgun/hairdryer for a very long time and use a cutter knife and pry continuously only from the right bottom corner (near the camera lens). If you don't get it open use the heatgun once more.

Peter Johansson - Reply

Image 1/1: Be extremely careful not to poke or puncture the battery itself, as this may cause the battery to combust.
  • From the top of the iPod, insert a metal spudger between the outer case and the battery to remove the adhesive that holds the battery in place.

  • Be extremely careful not to poke or puncture the battery itself, as this may cause the battery to combust.

In case anyone else didn't realize this, you need to push your spudger fairly deep into the iPod to completely seperate the glue from the battery. I just stuck mine in maybe half an inch, then spent 30 minutes struggling to move the logic board. After removing all of the glue, it slid out with relative ease.

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Image 1/3: Insert a push pin into the hole at the corner of the retainer and lift it out of the case.
  • There is a small white retainer between the camera and microphone that keeps the inner components from sliding around.

  • Insert a push pin into the hole at the corner of the retainer and lift it out of the case.

I tried this but with the Nano I worked on the retainer cannot be pushed down, instead there is a small diagonal hole in the retainer that you can fit a pin or needle into and lift out the retainer.

ethan - Reply

Yeah step 18 is BS, You need to pull the retainer up with a pin, not depress it. I destroyed my first nano as i pushed so hard trying to depress it that it deformed and I had to give up. Bad bad tip that needs correcting at step 18.

Dave - Reply

It can be pulled out with tweezers.

raul mald - Reply

Image 1/1: Using gentle but steady force, push on the top of the LCD to slide the logic board assembly out of the bottom of the iPod.
  • Once the retainer has been pushed past its hole in the outer case, the spudger used to depress it is no longer necessary.

  • Using gentle but steady force, push on the top of the LCD to slide the logic board assembly out of the bottom of the iPod.

  • Do not push on the battery, as this may puncture it and cause it to combust.

  • Constantly mind the hold switch plate, making sure it doesn't snag on an edge and tear the ribbon cable.

I submitted an edit for this step. The first bullet (about the spudger not being needed once the retainer is past the hole in the case) is now irrelevant because step 17 now has us removing the retainer completely.

Gordon - Reply

Image 1/2: Tolerances inside the Nano are extremely tight. Be very patient and go slowly when removing the logic board assembly, and make sure no components or ribbon cables get caught on the case.
  • Continue to push the logic board assembly through the outer case of the iPod with a spudger.

  • Tolerances inside the Nano are extremely tight. Be very patient and go slowly when removing the logic board assembly, and make sure no components or ribbon cables get caught on the case.

  • To make sure that the hold switch plate does not catch on the housing of the iPod and tear the cable, feed the switch straight down the center of the device, where the opening is the widest.

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Image 1/1: Again, be sure to mind the hold switch plate, that it doesn't catch on the bottom of the click wheel hole.
  • Once the top of the LCD has cleared the bottom edge of the outer case, remove the logic board assembly from the body of the iPod.

  • Again, be sure to mind the hold switch plate, that it doesn't catch on the bottom of the click wheel hole.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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at step 14 when lifting the click wheel have a look at the small black bar, placed to the upper edge of the chip. in its center it holds a very small tiny coil spring thats hardly to see and that easily jumps out. better you lift the click wheel in parallel to the ground. if spring jumps off one time, you will never find it again. i guess it has some grounding purpose a it docks on the metal below the logic on the click wheel. also a point to have an eye on at reassembly

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