2nd Gen iPod "classic" logic board?

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  1. hrutkaymods, Aug 22, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2016

    hrutkaymods macrumors member

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    Hello guys, I've been on avid iPod collector for years and have always loved using all iPods that I have.
    I bought a second-generation 20 GB (circa 2002) back in 2007 that was in very good shape. It worked great, then I let it sit when I went to college from 2011- to around 2014 when I finally got it back out and tried to use it. It works totally fine, it charges everything works except for when I plug it into a computer.

    Apparently this was a very common problem with the first and second generation iPod, a pin on The FireWire port has apparently came loose from the board, it will detect that is connected to a computer, kick into disk mode, say it's OK to disconnect, and then restart and boot back into the OS. Then it starts going into a loop booting into disk mode and then rebooting into the OS Until unplugged. I had upgraded it to a 40 GB hard drive and a new battery back around the time that I bought it. I didn't feel like trying to fix it then but now I want to.

    Today I opened it up, the inside is still new and pristine like it was the day I got it. And I don't see any damage, I figure it was just from sitting, something went haywire on the board or something?

    So I've come to the conclusion that I need to get a new logic board, and back in 2007 you could get parts readily for them still. Now apparently not, and I'm too afraid to buy parts iPod considering that it was a common problem to have the port go bad and rapidrepair's prices are still as painful as they were back in the day.
    Does anyone know where I might be able to purchase a logic board? Thanks... oh and also does anyone know where I can buy a car firewire charger? I'd like to use my third generation in the car again and I have lost my charger
     
  2. rgarjr, Aug 22, 2016
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    There is no place to buy a logic board. There's a seller on eBay that sells them used but he wants a lot for just the board and you are better off buying a whole iPod and using the logic board.

    There is always the possibility of the used board developing the same problem but you don't have a choice since you can't get them new.

    If it's just a pin, you can heat it back up with an iron but sometimes even that won't fix it and maybe some other problem.
     
  3. hrutkaymods thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah buying used is what's scaring me. But I could get one with a bad HDD for like $30, it might be worth it. The port is covered in shielding and I'm trying to decide if I should try to peel it off and take the chance on fixing it.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah there is a metal cover but the pins are exposed, meaning you can see them and reheat the with a soldering iron.
     
  5. hrutkaymods thread starter macrumors member

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    You're right, I didn't count all the pins there are six there, I heated them up twice both times and it ended up with the same result, either there something actually broken in the connector (which I don't feel like taking apart) or one of the controllers is burnt out on the board (which I don't see any damage). Anyway thanks for your help, I'll have to buy a parts iPod and hope that the board still works
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah like I said, sometimes the pins disconnect off the board because of the hard pulling when you remove the cable. Heating them sometimes works, other times it don't make any better.
     

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