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Monday, March 12, 2007

iPod Nano - How to tear down and repair - Step-by-Step

Here's a quick guide on how to take apart your 1st generation (gen) Apple iPod Nano. This guide is useful for a number of things including replacing the logic board, LCD Screen, or the battery. In order to get your started, you are going to need the following:

  • Small precision (eyeglass) screwdriver
  • A non-marring pry tool (also called a case opener)

Here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Using the non-marring pry tool, create a little separation between the front and back bezels on the Apple iPod Nano. Insert the pry tool in the gap and slide back and forth to release the plastic tab on one side.

2. Once the plastic tabs are released, you can separate the front and the back. Unlike other iPods, there are no connectors between the front and back on the Nano, so it is ok to separate the two.

3. There are four small screws that hold the logic board to the case. You will need to remove those using your precision Phillips screwdriver. The ones at the bottom of the screwdriver are a different size from the one in the center, make sure to keep track!

4. Loosen the plastic tabs that hold the logic board with your pry tool. The logic board will be freed other than the two ribbon cables that need to be freed.

4. You now need to release the connector cable that is located by charging connector that connects the LCD screen to the logic board. In order to do this, you need to lift the black latch to free the cable. Use your pry tool to gently release it. Once it is released, remove the ribbon from the connector.

5. There is an additional connector cable to be removed from the logic board for the click wheel. It is located in the center of the logic board. Again, lift up the black tab and slide the ribbon cable out.

6. Now the logic board should be able to be completely separated from the case.

7. You can also remove the LCD Screen from the case by gently lifting. It is held into place with some adhesive so it may require some pressure and patience. However, be careful with the pressure as you do not want to damage or crack your LCD screen.

Congratulations, you have successfully torn down your Apple iPod Nano 1st generation!

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