When do you stop spending time and money on old tech? This iPod has slowly been re-conditioned over time, back to solid working order. Years ago, hard drive failed. Paid a service to fix it. Eventually, the audio output stops. It still played, but you couldn't hear it. So I replaced the logic board. While I had it opened up it made sense to put in a fresh battery too. This revitalized the iPod and it became the always-inside-the-vehicle iPod. Then, trouble again. Symptoms pointed to dying hard drive—again. Now I'm at a critical juncture. Do I continue putting money into this old machine?
For better or worse I decided to repair the failing drive, but went with an iFlash SD card adapter to replace the platter hard drive. About the time I received the part I moved. This project then became a very low priority, on the back-burner. Months later, fast forward to this week and I finally installed the new storage solution. It didn't go well. The iPod continued to give me the 'sick iPod' alert. Boo!! Now I was a critical turning point: do I continue to dump money into this thing, after all this? Wise or not I decided 'yes' and thought I'd start cheap, try the drive cable that connects the logic board to the storage.
Long story short, it did the trick. Next boot was successful. An hour later it was reloaded with music and playing loud and clear. Now that this device is essentially new: logic board, battery, storage, cable, I'm hoping to squeak a few more years of life out of this little guy. My vehicle has an iPod connect built into the head-end of the stereo. It uses this old 40-pin connection. The stereo controls it perfectly. So I'm stoked to keep this thing going into the future.
It was easy. The little $5 part revived my iPod which seemed like ti was doomed to the rubbish bin. Cheers!
Take your time and be patient. These parts are minute, so you have to be very careful. But with the right tools, a steady hand, and determination you too can resurrect your old, ailing iPod. I turned that 'sick iPod' face upside down. I don't know if it's smiling. But I am. :-)