1st Gen iPod Problem

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TheJakeR, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. TheJakeR macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2006
    I have a 1st gen iPod that has lasted me for a faithful 4 years! That shows you Apple's supreme build quailty. I am going to upgrade when the new rumored update for the iPod Video is set in April, but for now I need some help fixing my current iPod. After so much use, the top Firewire connector is LOOSE! It does not charge or sync consistently anymore. The actual connector is moving free inside the iPod housing and I would like some help on reconnecting and securing the firewire connector back to the housing and/or board again. I am willing to open the ipod f necessary, because it is on its last legs. I have a soldering iron if needed, so if anyone has a suggestion with some steps to repair the firewire connection ithat is loose in the iPod housing, please post!

    Thanks in advance,
    Jake R.
    My first post and hopefully not the last...
  2. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    I think I'd start off by opening it up and seeing if you can reconnect the firewire port... Opening it up is tricky though I've done it on a 1st gen more than once... Just find a thin, fairly strong metal object that you can wedge between the plastic and metal, and once you do so, work it around the iPod slowly... A word of warning: this will scratch things up a bit. Also, it requires a lot of patience. Have fun with it though! :)
  3. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I have a 1G that has the same problem. I'm thinking about opening it myself as well. It shouldn't be too hard to get the FireWire connector back in place. If you're aprehensive about doing it yourself you could always send it iPodResQ to fix. A friend of mine sent his 1G to them and had it back in 3 days.


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