iPod mini resurrection

Discussion in 'iPod' started by grockk, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. grockk macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2006
    I thought I'd share my good fortune resurrecting a long forgotten iPod mini.

    For the better part of 5 years we've used this iPod mini as a pretend phone for my daughter or a potential trade-in or something. It's never powered on or been used in that time. It's been dented and dinged and chewed on.

    I took it all apart and pulled out the hard drive from the logic board and reseated the battery and hard drive and it started to charge??? Then gave the folder icon and click of death. So I went about doing a CF card swap.

    Old failed 4GB microdrive

    iPod mini hooked up to verify I didn't break anything

    New 32GB CF card and ribbon cable

    Assembled Logic Board

    32GB iPod mini in iTunes.

    It's Alive!!! Battery still holds about an hour of play time. But we will use it in a dock in the kids room to play music. Woo hoo!
  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Pro-tip: Shift-Cmd-4 if you want to take a selection screenshot of something like iTunes. 3 for the whole screen. It avoids the dreaded moiré effect. ;)

    Other than that, nice work.
  3. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    That's very cool. Massive respect for your effort. I have to ask, why not just replace the battery?

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