Oh no! You've dropped your digital stuff. And it's out of warranty. And repair costs more than the digital stuff is worth. What to do short of tossing the digital stuff (or selling on ebay)? Well, believe it or not the average person has a good chance of diy fixing that digital stuff themselves. All they'll need for most cases is some patience, and a little background knowledge. The intent of the posts on this blog are to help provide that knowledge.

Disclaimer Warning: The following instructions are given without any warranty. They don't have to be complete or correct. Don't do any of the following steps if you're not sure of what you're doing. You could damage your digital stuffs and you WILL lose your warranty. Everything you do will be at your own risk.

Disclaimer Notice : imprtant things to know before you start taking Part your digital stuffs

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Installing iPod 5th Generation (Video) Rear Panel

Installing iPod 5th Generation (Video) Rear Panel

Instructions on how to remove the rear panel from the iPod Video.

Tools used in this guide : Phillips #00 Screwdriver , iPod Opening Tools
Parts relevant to this guide : iPod Video 30 GB Rear Panel , iPod Video 60 GB Rear Panel , iPod Video 80 GB Rear Panel

Step 1 — Case
Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The slider should be all the way to the right if your iPod is facing you.

Step 2
Opening the iPod can be challenging. Do not get discouraged if it takes you a few tries before the iPod is opened.

Free the first retainer clip on the bottom of the iPod using the large iPod opening tool. The tool's edge should point towards the metal back case to prevent scratching the plastic front.

Step 3
There are five retaining clips on each side of the iPod. The large iPod opening tool will be used to separate the plastic front from the metal back of the iPod.

Insert the large iPod opening tool into the left side of the iPod, with the edge of the tool pointing towards the metal back.

Gently enlarge the existing crevice by wiggling the large iPod opening tool and moving it to the left.

Continue doing so until the entire side of the iPod is loose.

You can then insert the small iPod opening tool near the Hold button. Be very careful while inserting the tool, as the display is very fragile.

Step 4
Gently glide the small iPod opening tool on the top of the display, making sure to free the retaining clips.

The other sides of the iPod should now easily come loose. If they do not, use iPod opening tools on the right side of the iPod in the same way as on the left side of the iPod.

Separate the front of the iPod from the back about an inch (or a couple of centimeters).

The iPod casing is now open, but don't completely separate the two halves just yet. Two ribbon cables are still connecting the back panel to the rest of the iPod.

Step 5
Use a small iPod opening tool to slide up the brown connector holding the orange battery ribbon cable in place. You only need to lift the brown connector up about 1-2mm to free the cable.

Make sure to slide the brown connector directly upwards. The connector is frail and will break if it is accidentally shifted to the side.

Remove the cable from the connector.

Step 6
You should now have one orange ribbon cable still attaching the front case to the back.

At this point you are able to remove and replace the blue rubber bumpers, or continue with separating the case.

Step 7
Lift up the hard drive to expose the headphone jack ribbon connector (indicated by the yellow box).

If the hard drive bumpers come loose, make sure to put them back with the notch as shown in the picture.

Step 8
With the small iPod opening tool, gently lift the brown tab of the headphone ribbon cable connector. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

Using your fingers, pull out the headphone jack ribbon cable.

Step 9
The front and back of the iPod should now be completely separated.

Step 10 — Battery
Be careful not to damage any of the headphone or battery ribbon cables while performing this step.

Insert the small iPod opening tool in between the metal case and battery at the location illustrated by the picture.

Gently wiggle the tool while pushing it further in between the battery and back case. The adhesive holding the battery should give, allowing the battery to be removed from the rear panel.

Step 11 — Headphone Jack and Hold Switch
Be very careful when performing this step, since the orange ribbon cables can easily be broken.

Peel off the tape holding the ribbon cables in place.

Step 12
Remove the two black Phillips screws that are securing the headphone jack to the lower casing.

Step 13
Remove the following two screws:

One black Phillips screw securing the hold switch near the corner of the iPod.

One silver Phillips screw securing the other side of the hold switch.

Step 14
Lift the Hold switch free of its housing on the rear panel.

Slide the headphone jack out of its housing on the rear panel.

Lift the headphone jack and hold switch assembly out of the iPod.

Step 15
If your replacement headphone jack includes the white plastic hold switch, simply reinstall the headphone jack. If your replacement part does not include the plastic hold switch, follow the next steps to transfer the plastic hold switch to your new headphone jack.

If you're just trying to remove the rear panel, you can skip Steps 15 and 16.

Remove the single Phillips screw nearest to the hold switch.

Lift the plastic portion of the Hold switch away from the orange ribbon cable.

Ensure that the black notch lines up with the gray slider during reassembly of the switch (see picture 2).

Step 16
Use the small iPod opening tool to carefully peel the orange ribbon cable and attached black Hold switch up from the metal backing.

When re-attaching the replacement Hold switch, make sure the two small posts on the back of the switch are aligned with the two holes in the metal backing.

Step 17 — Rear Panel
You are now able to replace the rear panel of the iPod.

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