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) Framework

Installing iPod 5th Generation (Video) Framework

This guide shows how to replace the iPod Video's framework.

Tools used in this guide : Phillips #00 Screwdriver , iPod Opening Tools
Parts relevant to this guide : iPod Video Metal Framework

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 — Hard Drive
Use a small iPod opening tool to release the black hinge holding the hard drive ribbon cable. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees towards the logic board, releasing the ribbon cable.

Use your forefinger to hold the ribbon cable in place; disconnect the drive from the ribbon cable.

Make sure the hard drive rubber side bumpers are attached to the drive being installed. Use the hard drive rubber side bumper installation guide to accomplish this task.

If necessary, the blue foam padding on the hard drive might also need to be transferred to the replacement drive.

Step 11 — Front Panel
Remove the three black Phillips screws securing the front panel to the metal framework.

Rotate the iPod laterally 180 degrees and remove the three black Phillips screws securing the front panel to the metal framework on the other side.

Step 12
You may meet some resistance near the center of the iPod as there is a mild adhesive used to help hold the two pieces together.

Carefully work around the edge of the iPod to separate the front panel from the gray metal framework.

Lift the framework (including the attached display, logic board, and click wheel) away from the front panel.

Make sure that the click wheel button is in place before reinstalling the framework in the front panel.

Step 13
The front panel should now be free from the rest of the iPod.

Step 14 — Display
Rotate the iPod so the black plastic tab is more accessible to you.

Use a small iPod opening tool (or your fingernail) to flip up the black plastic tab holding the display ribbon in place. The tab will rotate up 90 degrees towards the display, releasing the ribbon cable.

Use your finger to prevent the cable from lifting upwards. Wiggle the display loose from the frame, and then pull it gently outwards to release the display's ribbon cable.

Step 15
The display should now be free from the rest of the iPod.

Step 16 — Framework
Peel up the black tape securing the silver ground strap to the metal framework.

The ground strap is very fragile. Be sure not to break it.

Step 17
Turn the iPod over and peel the orange click wheel ground tab up from the metal framework.

Be sure to detach only the thin ground tab, not the wider click wheel ribbon.

Carefully push the logic board away from the metal framework. Use the squares as indicators of where to push. The logic board is secured to the framework with mild adhesive; be careful not to bend the logic board by pushing too much in any one spot.

The framework should now be free from the rest of the iPod.

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