Broke scroll wheel ribbon connector from iPod mini.. is this repairable?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TwitchOSX, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. TwitchOSX macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2002
    Southern Oregon
    My boss asked me to replace the battery on her daughters iPod mini. I thought nothing of it and said yes. I followed the instructions that came with the battery and thought everything was good. Problem was, the daughter comes back saying the buttons dont work on the scroll wheel anymore.

    I found out that the plug that the scroll wheel ribbon connects to (which is attached to the mother board) had come off when I tried to remove the connector from the plug. It came off so damn easily, I didnt think I had done anything wrong. Unfortunately, it looks like I have. I have SUPER GLUED it back on (not between metal to metal but around the outside of the plug onto the mobo) but that doesnt seem to be helping.

    So.. is this repairable? I assume this has happened to others since I'm pretty savvy with tech stuff and I didnt even notice it the first time around.

    Here is a pic.

    Any ideas?
  2. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    Not sure, but you can forget about it being covered under AppleCare.
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Ouch! I think you need to buy a new ribbon cable as those are very fragile as it is. The ribbon cable connecting my old Pioneer head unit's face plate to the unit itself broke just by the years of flipping the face down and the only remedy was to send it in for repair.

    [Slightly OT]
    I assume this happened to a lot of people because the newer models don't use the same type of connection instead opting for a type of socket that is much more durable (anyone with a pioneer head unit and flip down face plate knows what I mean). Basically, they got rid of the external, albeit covered, ribbon cable.[/OT]

    Anyway, good luck. It'll be expensive to get it fixed unless you can find another ribbon cable.
  4. TwitchOSX thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2002
    Southern Oregon
    Its not the actual ribbon that broke. That white piece in the picture is what detatched from the motherboard.

    I'm not concerned about Applecare as this iPod is way too old to be covered anyway. Just wanted to know if its possible to send back to Apple and have them repair. I guess.... dunno. =)

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