A couple of years ago I stepped on a pair of pants lying on the floor of my living room. The crunch sound I heard was that of the screen of an iPod Nano left in a pocket by the teenage terrorist living in my house. Back then, she was about to start her senior year in High School, so you can imagine the grief I got when she could no longer use her iPod.
Her grief did not last long as I replaced the broken iPod with a 4th generation 8GB pink iPod Nano. Her entire music collection was a tad over 5GB, so she was delighted to be able to have her entire collection handy. However, that 4th Generation iPod Nano did not last very long as she promptly dropped it in the ocean within 3 months of having it. That one is another story. The broken nano sat in a desk drawer since I stepped on the screen.
I decided to replace the broken screen of the nano, so I could use it at the gym and promptly did a search online for a service manual. I was so very happy to find http://www.ifixit.com, a local start-up that under the concept of free repair instructions also sells replacement parts of iPods, iPads and mac notebooks. The instructions were easy to follow. You can follow the screen repair here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iPod-Nano-1st-Generation-Display/432/1
I was a bit ahead of the rest as I already had a number of tools to be able to open the iPod. One bit of advice when installing the new screen… attach the screen to the board first, then place the screen on the case. You can then proceed to attach the click wheel onto the board and reassemble the iPod.
The most difficult portion of the operation, was separating the two halves of the iPod. One must use a plastic-nylon tool lest you do not care about the marring of the case. There were a fair amount of metal tabs that like tiny fingernails, kept the two halves together. After separating the two halves of the iPod case, and disconnecting the display and click wheel, it was fairly easy to remove the broken display and replace it with the new one. Rather than follow the instructions in strict reverse order, it was a lot easier to first attach the screen to the iPod’s logic board, then flip it over, place the screen on the front case and then attach the click wheel cable to the board.
I was thankful for iFixit.com they have a fabulous concept.