My sister sent me her iPod
telling me it's locked up: the hold button switch stopped working. It was stiff and felt like a piece of grit was in the switch. With the hold switch broken, all the other buttons stopped working as well, even while the screen indicated that the device was on.
I first tried the farmer method of fixing things, by adding a micro-drop of mineral oil
to the switch....wrong, that didn't do anything. I tinkered a little more, and found out the actual switch on the circuit board
Hit the continue for more on this.
iPod Fixing(click thumbnails to view gallery)
When the switch is disconnected, it puts the iPod into a lock setup to keep buttons from being activated in your pocket; when the connection is closed you can push the buttons again. To fix this somewhat, you have to close the connection so the other buttons work again.
To close the connection, I pried open the broken switch and shoved a tiny piece of tin foil in there. This at least lets the thing function, just without the lock feature. Follow along in the gallery for a detailed description, and to see close up pics. By the way, this is something you do if you have no warranty left, or are just cheap like me (it'll definitely void your warranty).
- Open the case.
- Remove some screws.
- Pry back the circuit board 1/4".
- Pry the switch apart .
- Use a tiny piece of tin foil to make new contacts.