This iPod is old. 5th generation 80 gig. Wouldn't turn on, and when I opened it up—multiple wires were broken, and the hard drive was disconnected and just loose in the casing.
Since I had never done anything like this before, to say I was overwhelmed is quite the understatement.
This website was very straightforward and made the process seem very simple. However, once I opened up the iPod, I realized I had quite the situation on my hands. Replacing the battery was fine... then I realized I had to buy another part, which unfortunately, this site did not have in stock, so I had to go to another site (a simple Google search will give you many different fix it yourself sites). So while waiting the week for the extra part to arrive, I just left it on my table and stared at the innards, trying to figure out how anything electronic works at all. How anyone figured this $@$* out from scratch is completely beyond me.
Headphone jack part arrived and I got to changing it. Easy peasy... again, this site is so wonderfully put together. Figuring out how to reattach the hard drive is another story. I was feeling impatient, and just by looking at the pictures from the original instructions on the site for replacing the battery, and having stared at the insides for a week, I figured it out and got everything reattached. I snapped it all back together... unlocked it... and pressed the center button... the hard drive whirred to life and the screen lit up. All my old playlists and music from high school are just beaming back at me...
Having never done anything like this before, I am so ecstatic and now have a wonderful curiosity about how to fix electronic devices.
Just stick with it. Patience and a steady hand are key. Even if it doesn't end up working, there is so much to learn from taking something apart and putting it back together. Lively up your curiosity and go exploring! This was such a wonderful journey and experience.