Introduction

Replace a cracked or faulty display.

Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.  The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.
  • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod. You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther. Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).
  • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

    • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

  • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

  • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

  • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should open easily.

The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.
  • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

  • Open the case like a book with the dock connector at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

Remember to fold the backplate up the correct direction, otherwise you might break this cable.

iTronics Repair - Reply

Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull  straight up on the connector, not the cable itself. The headphone jack connector is unusually tall. When prying, be careful to not separate the lower, plastic part of the connector from the ribbon cable. Pry between the connector and the socket, not between the two halves of the connector.
  • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

  • The headphone jack connector is unusually tall. When prying, be careful to not separate the lower, plastic part of the connector from the ribbon cable. Pry between the connector and the socket, not between the two halves of the connector.

Be more than careful with the headphone jack, because I thought I was until I broke mine (I still don't figure how I did this). Those are hard to find after and if you do, it may cost you something around 20-30$

Tristan Gauvreau - Reply

Yeah, I just did the same. Oops.

Alex Robinson -

Yikes - yes, be SUPER careful - just damaged mine too (snapped some of the soldered connections between ribbon and plug). I only use my iPod with a dock in my car, so hoping I will get away with this.

Russell Coleridge - Reply

Arrgh...I should have paid closer attention the red warnings above. I ended up pushing up on the ribbon part rather than the actual socket. Thereby completing separating the connector from the ribbon cable. I got way too excited when I finally got the case loose after an hour of trying that I rushed through this part. Now I have to see if I can replace this part.

Eric Schenkel - Reply

Blech - despite these thoughtful warnings I snapped that plug right off the ribbon! So please, be careful. I found a replacement headphone jack (used) on eBay for 20 bucks. What a not-fun way to spend 20 bucks!

Matt Michael - Reply

Yep - did the same. Bugger. Is it possible to carefully fix? Solder or glue or are there replacement parts? I do actually have another iPod but I was hoping to end up with two working versions rather than one just for parts.

Greg J Mason - Reply

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Lift up the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board.
  • Lift up the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board.

  • Lift the hard drive out of the iPod.

Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.
  • Carefully disconnect the white battery connector from the logic board. Be sure to pull only on the connector itself and not on the cables.

When putting the iPod back together, be careful the battery wires are inside of the tab. If they are outside of the tab the would get pinched between the case and the tab and likely damaged.

Yishai Sered - Reply

Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange touch wheel cable from the logic board.
  • Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange touch wheel cable from the logic board.

Remove the 6 black T6 Torx screws securing the logic board to the front panel.
  • Remove the 6 black T6 Torx screws securing the logic board to the front panel.

Lift the logic board out of the iPod.
  • Lift the logic board out of the iPod.

  • When reassembling your iPod, be sure that the plastic hold switch mechanism is synced with the hold switch on the logic board. The switch on the board is a small black nub that sits in a slot on the hold switch mechanism.

Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange display ribbon from the front panel.
  • Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange display ribbon from the front panel.

Be very careful with this step. Granted they are old and fragile, but I still managed to break-off the soldering points on the first screen I tried to dislodge.

VirtualNsanity3 - Reply

Lift the display panel out of the iPod.
  • Lift the display panel out of the iPod.

Conclusion

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

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