Damaged iPod, just LCD?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Nereo, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Nereo macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2007
    I received a damaged 60gb iPod video, with a shattered LCD... spiderweb cracks over the entire surface. Hooked it up to my 'puter and the LCD illuminated but you could see nothing else. Curiously, the iPod did not dock with my iTunes.

    I'm planning on replacing the LCD on monday once I receive the part.

    So here's my question: could the failure to sync be attributed solely to the busted LCD? or put another way... if the LCD is broken (but everything else works fine) will the iPod still dock in iTunes?

    worried something else is afoot (busted logic board and/or HD). I don't mind replacing the LCD since I"m not paying for the part, so for me it's a low risk/low reward kind of thing... an excuse to take apart an iPod that otherwise would have gone in the trash.

    EDIT: there is no obvious damage to any other internal parts: no cracks in the logic board or dents in the HD casing. Yes I'm aware the HD can be damaged without denting the casing.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    I would just save the hastle and either get the iPod replaced at an Apple Store for $60 or use it as a credit toward a new iPod.

    To answer you question, yes, other things could be wrong, and I would not spend money on an LCD if it doesn't even mount in iTunes, because whatever cause the LCD to break, likely damaged the HD.

  3. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    It takes a HUGE amount of trauma to crack the screen the way you describe. Why would you assume nothing else was damaged when this happened? Just because you can't see it doesn't mean that the board or other parts are not cracked, damaged or shorted in some way.
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Sureshot the HDD is gone kaput (along with some other components)!

    But I believe you LCD is..... fine!

    It's best you try to get a detailed analysis from a local iPod repairer (make sure its good)! And then sell off the working parts on ebay!
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I agree completely with this advice and TEG's reasons for giving it. Get the iPod replaced for $60; if it is not docking, it is not working. Simply replacing the LCD when nothing else works strikes me as something of a waste of time (and money). I'd suggest putting whatever money you receive towards getting a new one.
    Cheers and good luck
  6. Nereo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2007
    well i appreciate the advice, but as i said earlier the repair doesn't cost me anything, and i'm looking at it more as an excuse to pull apart an ipod, something i hadn't done before (i've done plenty on my MPB and earlier powerbooks).

    what is this $60 replacement I keep hearing about? I called my local apple store and they said all they could do over the phone was schedule a genius appointment, and they (the genius) would decide what to do with it. The person taking my call didn't seem to know anything about a $60 flat replacement fee

    FWIW, this ipod is not mine, it was given to me because it didn't work. the guy had bought a new LCD but never did anything with it, so that was free too. it doesn't have applecare on it. I don't have a receipt. It was purchased about two years ago. (5th gen)... so i wasn't expecting an Apple store to give me anything for it, except smarmy looks on why i hadn't taken better care of the iPod.

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