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Thread: Broken Ipod, Help??

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    Broken Ipod, Help??

    Alright, so at a random garage sale today in my town I found a bag of random electronics parts for 5 bucks.

    After sorting through the dozens of random pieces of junk and such I have found that there is a 4 gig Ipod mini in here. It was in multiple pieces, but I've been able to get it all back together and it turns on (apple logo, backlight comes on- then it moves to the hard drive error screen)

    Well- my problem is this... The hard drive connects to the mainboard via a small ribbon cable and then a little connector. It looks like the previous owner broke the connector for the hard drive off of the board.

    Has anyone ever soldered one of these connectors back onto a board? Is it possible? Or is the board just shot? Hell- if there's anyone around that has any experience with this whole gig, I'd be interested in maybe shipping it over and paying to have it done? I dunno...

    I'll take a picture of the connector\board when I actually get motivated to do such....

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    I've never taken apart an ipod, but I think I know the type of ribbon cable that you're dealing with. I tried soldering a very thin ribbon cable with integrated conductors before, and it melted before I even touched my iron (very small 15W) to it. I wasn't too bummed though, because the part that I was trying to repair had cost me nothing and the replacement cost me $5.

    The point of my post was that those tiny ribbon cables can be very tricky to solder, so learn from my experience and find advice from someone who has a clue before you go trying it out yourself. Some of the people here have much more experience soldering than me, so hopefully someone will jump in
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    This is the board where the connector broke off- the connector is sitting on the board.


    This is the ribbon cable\hard drive. Again- connector is sitting on it

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    Anyone?

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    PM DJIK...

    He's f'ed around w/ iPod internals before... he lives in L.A.

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    You're gonna have to solder the connector back onto the board.
    Chances are that when it has fallen off, some of the pins broke -- so you might need to find a replacement first.

    Then practice surface-mount soldering as it's gonna be necessary to fix this iPod.

    Good luck!
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