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#1 hutchpe

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

I've often spent a lot of time looking at smashed iPods and thinking to myself "If only I could fix them". Well the other day I got of my arse and actually looked into it and I was excited by what I found. I found that I can buy parts VERY cheap from the US and Hong Kong. This was a start but I was still unsure on how to go about actually replacing the broken bits. Then I came across iFixit.com. After looking through their guides I decided I would have a crack at it.

After looking around for a bit I managed to find some friends with iPods for repair. Three cracked screens and a dead battery.

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I decided to attempt the 2nd gens first because they are easier to fix than the 4th gen. Here is the before shot of the iPod before my first ever fix.

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The first thing I had to do was lever off the old cracked digitizer which turned out to be very difficult (and very sharp) but I finally managed to get it off ready for the new digitizer.

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Installing the new digitizer was as easy as connecting the new connector and pushing the digitizer into place. The end result was an iPod that looked brand new.

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Feeling very happy with myself with fixing all the 2nd gens successfully I decided to move onto the 4th gen. This turned out to be very difficult due to the screen being so badly smashed and the metal casing being slightly warped out of shape.

The before shot of the 4th gen.

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The first thing to do was lever of the old screen. The difference between 4th gens and the previous generations is that the lcd screen is attached to the digitizer meaning that the two have to be bought together. Also the 4th gens use adhesive to secure the screen assembly to the rest of the iPod. Because of how badly the screen was smashed it came off in peices.

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The remains of the old screen.

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After the screen assembly was free of the iPod I then had to remove the mid plate. Once this was free I have access the the mainboard. One of the most difficult aspects of this fix was attaching the new digitizer cable to the underside of the mainboard. This is done my flexing the mainboard up just enough to get the connector under there.

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After half an hour of frustration it was finally connected. Next I had to screw the mainboard and mid plate back into place. Then came the next difficult aspect of the fix. Because the iPod had been smashed so badly it has warped the metal casing. This resulted in the screen not quite sitting flush with the case. After another half hour of frustration I managed to get the screen assembly stuck well into the case.

Apart from the screen not being quite flush it was a successful fix. Here is the end result. (Because of the photo limit I couldn't post the photo so here is the link)

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For all those of you out there with broken iPods or iPhones I would encourage you to have a go at fixing them yourself. You can bring back life to your phone with very little money and you don't need to be a professional to do it!
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:09 PM

Great job fixing those. I would have thought a busted ipod would be next to impossible to fix judging by their compact nature. Breaking one thing would mean everything else is broken too. I guess not. I had a gen3 touch that I beat the hell out of, but never broke. It was in my pocket in my hectic job every single day. Never even scratched the screen. I had to retire it due to wearing out the headphone jack. I don't know if that's something that could be easily fixed, I'm guessing it would require soldering which I'm terrible at. My brother recently broke the screen on his gen4, but I doubt he could be bothered fixing it, and that repair process looked pretty finicky. Do you think you could make some money out of repairing ipods/phones and selling them as refurbished or whatever?

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:07 PM

I had a gen3 touch that I beat the hell out of, but never broke. It was in my pocket in my hectic job every single day. Never even scratched the screen. I had to retire it due to wearing out the headphone jack. I don't know if that's something that could be easily fixed, I'm guessing it would require soldering which I'm terrible at.


Unfortuanetly yes replacing the headphone jack does require soldering.

Do you think you could make some money out of repairing ipods/phones and selling them as refurbished or whatever?


Yes considering that Apple and other repair places charge over $100. I was thinking of charging say $65 a fix. That would leave me with a profit around 40$. The only problem is that buying broken ones of Ebay is risky because you don't know whether you are buying one with a simple problem or whether there are more problems that haven't been picked up or it's a failed repair attempt.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

I think that iPod Nano that Dad found in the ocean someone dropped is beyond any redemption.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:08 PM

Nice work man. I've replaced around 10 or 15 iphone screens (whenever some retard drops theirs) - screens were cheap off ebay, and charged $50 to do the repair.
You can make plenty of easy cash doing this.


Do you think you could make some money out of repairing ipods/phones and selling them as refurbished or whatever?


Yes considering that Apple and other repair places charge over $100. I was thinking of charging say $65 a fix. That would leave me with a profit around 40$. The only problem is that buying broken ones of Ebay is risky because you don't know whether you are buying one with a simple problem or whether there are more problems that haven't been picked up or it's a failed repair attempt.


As you pointed out, its pretty risky and probably not worth doing. If it was just a simple screen swap it probably wouldn't be for sale on ebay. If you can find them cheap enough though, might be useful for other parts :)

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

Going to be fixing another iPod 4th gen and an iPhone 3gs in a couple of weeks. Will post pictures.

Edited by hutchpe, 30 March 2012 - 09:43 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:23 PM

Nice work! One suggestion from sad experience - attach a cheap screen protector before removing the digitiser. Helps keep the bits together and avoid blood. Damn! Just realised you could use GAF tape for the job - you're not going to re-use the broken screen.

Edited by mykl_c, 02 May 2012 - 09:24 PM.

ISAIAH 58:8 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him,and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:26 PM

Untill I finally get the right (3G) digitiser and lcd assembly. Removed screws, removed and disconnected damaged assembly. Carefully attached 3 new connections and seated new screens (bit tight). Pushed power button . . . nuffinx. Checked seating, re-inserted screws, pushed power button . . . nuffinx again. Oh well, put the old one back I guess. Removed screws, attached sucker to digitiser and gently attempted to remove the screen assembly. Bit tight. Re-seated sucker and tried again. Digitiser separates from underlying assembly! Carefully remove rest of screens, clear internal connections and re-install old screen assembly. Pushed power button for 6 seconds . . . NUFFINX! ARGHghghghghgurgle. Worst thing - synced no problems, called from landline, receives call and rings. Re-tried several times with both assemblies, except without seating them to avoid tight fit issues. It's forked.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:38 PM

No, it's not. A cold restart and there's my shiny apple logo.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

No, it's not. A cold restart and there's my shiny apple logo.
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Ah yes I remember reading that they sometimes need a hard reset once the screen assembly/digitizer has been replaced.

Damn! Just realised you could use GAF tape for the job - you're not going to re-use the broken screen.

I acutally did use tape on the one that was really badly smashed.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:24 PM

I've been watching some repair videos and I'm thinking I give it a shot too.

My girlfriend dropped her iPhone4 in the toilet. We turned it off and placed it in a bag with some rice for a week, and it seems dry enough now. The screen is dim and has dark patches. I'm not sure what needs to be replaced here. I'm guessing it's the actual LCD screen? I'm looking at this. It's responsive to touch input, so I don't think I should bother with the digitiser combos like this.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 02:14 PM

Sorry for the late reply but NEVER purchase the LCD or digitizer separate with iPhone 4 and 4s and iPod 4th gen. You need to buy them as one package like in the second link otherwise you will have one hell of a time trying to glue the two together. Hope this isn't too late.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 01:09 PM

Sorry for the late reply but NEVER purchase the LCD or digitizer separate with iPhone 4 and 4s and iPod 4th gen. You need to buy them as one package like in the second link otherwise you will have one hell of a time trying to glue the two together.

Hope this isn't too late.


Cool thank you. She decided she'd just save whatever it'd have cost and put that towards the next one. It's been over a month now and the screen it's pretty much back to normal. (I was kinda looking forward to opening it up!)

Cheers!
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:57 AM

Sorry for the late reply but NEVER purchase the LCD or digitizer separate with iPhone 4 and 4s and iPod 4th gen. You need to buy them as one package like in the second link otherwise you will have one hell of a time trying to glue the two together.

Hope this isn't too late.


Cool thank you. She decided she'd just save whatever it'd have cost and put that towards the next one. It's been over a month now and the screen it's pretty much back to normal. (I was kinda looking forward to opening it up!)

Cheers!

That reminds me of when I dropped my 3ds in the toiket twice and it still works, he he those things are made well. I had to dry it out 4 like 3 days the first time then I dropped it in the bowl again. This time I only waited a day and yiipee still works a year on.
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