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MattL2

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Hello! First post here. I wanted to upgrade my 7th gen (or maybe it's a 6th gen?) ipod with an iFlash MicdoSD card adapter and a new battery.

After watching hours of YouTube videos and buying some spludgers and pry-tools, I did my best but the photos below will show what happened. First off, an orange cable seems to have torn. The missing segment was stuck to the battery I removed. What is this piece called so I can try to get a replacement?


Second, what the hell is this little thing I found loose inside? Is it important/necessary? Is it something I can replace relatively easily? Thanks all.


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AJB1971

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The following ifixit guide might be useful for you and there's a list of parts. The photos will open in a new window and you can zoom in on them-

The reference number 821-0690 shows that it's the headphone jack and hold switch cable. You can find it here-

Here's how to replace it-
 
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laptech

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That lose part looks like this (ringed on the pic). It looks like it's a connector that the small flex cable plugs into but you've pulled the connector off the pcb. Have a look on your pcb to see if it's missing.

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AJB1971

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The connector is shown here and you will need some soldering skills to replace it, or it's probably best to have it fixed, if it's worth it-
 

philden

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That loos part looks like the battery connector. A tricky soldering job to replace. I had one repaired by an Ebay seller called 'portlander'. I sent the logic board and it was returned within a week.
 

MattL2

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Hi all, thanks for replies. The loose connector is in fact the battery connector. I would need to replace the logic board as I don't have faith in my ability to soldier something so tiny. And as far as the headphone/hold switch cable, that can also be replaced.

However... My dad was kind enough to give me his old ipod (same model) for a second try and I was much more careful with that one. I used the Xacto knife method demonstrated in some YouTube videos. I got it open and removed the battery without damaging anything!
 
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mrat93

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Hi all, thanks for replies. The loose connector is in fact the battery connector. I would need to replace the logic board as I don't have faith in my ability to soldier something so tiny. And as far as the headphone/hold switch cable, that can also be replaced.

However... My dad was kind enough to give me his old ipod (same model) for a second try and I was much more careful with that one. I used the Xacto knife method demonstrated in some YouTube videos. I got it open and removed the battery without damaging anything!
Good job! I recently did a couple of iPod Classic mods. I used to do iPod repair back when it was relevant, and I even ripped the same cable you did on my most recent mod. Things happen — and it’s a much lesser deal when it’s an old device with cheap replacement parts.
 
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