Repairing an second generation iPod's
audio jack connector
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
The unlucky man which in the past gave me its ipod
5 gigas has no chance at all with the iPod family.
This time, on its new 20G machine, the headset works/does
not work, depending on how the audio jack is plugged into
As another headset repeats the same problem, I conclude
that the audio jack connector of the iPod was the culprit!
As usual, power off the machine and lock it (Hold
On the picture, the 20 Giga iPod under, its 5 Giga
-> we can see there is a stopper on the FW port, the
metallic cover is more complete -> less easy to dismount
One can see the break in jack plug.
Once the cover has been unhooked and the armoring put
away (yellow arrows), one can remote the battery (sorry no
picture of this step) by unhooking it from its connector
(right above on the picture).
Then remove the hard disk connector (blue arrow).
The hard disk on the right, its protective cockle on the
The arrow points to the blue protection shield.
One has to slide the connector in the slot to be allowed
to remove it.
Then next two "torx 6" screws to be removed (yellow
They are hide by the ribbon.
The last 4 ones.
On the electronic circuit extracted from the iPod, the
"cage" wrapping the two connectors has to be unwelded.
The yellow arrows show two weld spots on this face.
Another view, the yellow arrow pointing to the battery's
The battery on the extreme left. The yellow arrows show
the last two weld spots of the connectors "cage".
We are not forced to unweld the spots, but it prevents us
for damaging the metallic circuit of the board.
The audio jack plug is clearly the culprit: the plug is
only clamped by two spots, none of them being one of the
-> we have to make the weld spots again on both sides
of of the plug: 5 on each side... but only 3 of the 10 spots
are really in use.
I had to use my 15W blowtorch... my 30W one having too
Same on the other side (yellow arrow, 5 weld spots to be
set): but here the accessibility is greater!
The blue arrow shows a badly removed weld spot: it has to
be carefully cleaned.
The white arrow points to the break in the audio jack
plug -> cyanocrylic glue or similar heavy duty glue ;-).
As usual, follow the instruction above in a reverse order
to rebuild the iPod.
If you wish to thank or forsten me...