Has anyone 'Built' there own iPod?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by iCantwait, May 25, 2008.

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    iCantwait

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    i have been looking for spare iPod parts on ebay and have been surprised to see how many OEM iPod parts avaliable.
    I have seen:
    Backplate
    Faceplate (all gens)
    click wheel
    Logic-board
    Battery
    LCD screen
    Headphone/holdswitch
    HDD (yet i would put in a 16gb CF card in if backplate says 20gb or under)

    i have seen everything but that little white rectangle on the dock connector.

    I want to have a go at it, anyone else tried? successful?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I'm guessing it'll cost you more than getting an already-built iPod. It's like a car: buying the whole car costs less than buying the parts individually.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    buy a working one from ebay and replace whats needed, but still may be pricey overall.
     
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    fabian9

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    I have fixed a broken ipod mini about a year ago... by the time I was done with it it was pretty much like buying parts to build my own one.

    I had to replace the hard drive, the small connectors, the click wheel, the logic board and the battery. so after i was done the only parts left from my originial ipod were the display and the case. Why go through all this trouble? I really liked the ipod mini and i didn't want to replace it. but then the classic came out and i fell in love... lol.

    when you buy ipod parts on ebay you have to be very careful. i had a couple of parts which were supposed to be working but they weren't.

    in conclusion: I'd buy a new one rather than try to fix an old one or try to build one from ebay parts. :)
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    I know this doesn't answer your question but if you did manage to build the ipod would you be able to get the software to run it? I dare say apple don't have downloadable ipod OS on their website :confused:
     
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    Dustman

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    If it's all Apple parts, then in theory it should be recognized as an iPod by iTunes, which would let you "restore" the firmware.
     
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    alphaod

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    Part of buying an iPod is the whole experience that goes along with it, as well as the warranty. If your DIY iPod dies, it will costly to repair it.
     

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