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iPod Repair
Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 12:57 PM on 07.04.08
->> Busted the screen on my 30GB iPod Video while shooting an assignment today. From now on I will not put my iPod into my cargo pants pocket when I'm working.

Does anybody have an iPod repair service they recommend? A Google search netted several repair centers. If you've had any first-hand experience repairing a busted screen I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks,

marc
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 3:45 PM on 07.04.08
->> You can buy a new screen and install it yourself.

http://www.ifixit.com/
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Wally Nell, Photographer
CAIRO | EG | EGYPT | Posted: 4:00 PM on 07.04.08
->> Mine got busted on a flight over to Egypt. Just the screen nothing else. Everything else worked, except I could not see the screen that well. I had it shipped back to Apple in the US and was told that they will replace it for $250. I did not want a replacement, just a fix. All my music was on there, and the CD's are stored in the US while I work and live in the Middle East. I requested the drive be saved and put into the new Ipod they would send me, but it was like talking to a brick wall. I was not happy at all about Apple service. I had to pay the $250 and get a new Ipod. They might make 'cool' stuff, but I am less than happy with their service. Who cares about the 'cool-factor' if their service leaves something to be desired...
OK, rant over...
The positive thing is, I got the new Ipod back and have music again. Whoo whoo.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 5:31 PM on 07.04.08
->> Walter,

Thanks for the link.

Now another question. Has anyone replaced the screen in their iPod themselves before? Only $39.95 for a new screen. The step-by-step instructions looks simple. Anyone?

marc
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 5:35 PM on 07.04.08
->> Yeah, Apple can be that way until you get to the right person.

Got a lemon of a MacPro 8-core. Went round and round with Apple.

Then I found the correct level of Apple personnel to address my concerns. Up the food chain is the secret.

Bottom line. Got a replacemnt MacPro and a 16-gig iPod Touch for free (just to cover my troubles, wink wink, know what I mean).

So Apple can do you fine when you find the correct employee.

Me, I'd buy a new screen for 40 bucks and put it in myself.
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 5:37 PM on 07.04.08
->> Marc

I've replaced the batteries of my older iPod twice. The insides are not that scary.

I say go for it. If you run into trouble, call iFixit to have someone help.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 07.04.08
->> Walter,

Thanks again. My big fear is getting all the guts back in and not being able to get the thing to snap shut. I'm certainly going to try it though. That's a big savings over sending it off to a repair service.

marc
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 7:45 PM on 07.04.08
->> Get a cheap flash based MP3 player that you can abuse under working conditions. No reason to throw $300 down the drain, as expensive as photo equipment is already. I use a $50 player that sounds as good or better than an iPod. I just replaced my old one, which endured 5 years of absolute abuse without a hitch before it finall croaked. That's $10 a year.

Keep the extra tunes in the computer and switch them out when needed. It takes about five minutes. I've never been able to listen to 30GB of music in one day. Keep the iPod in the car or the room.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 8:23 PM on 07.04.08
->> The problem with today's mishap was I wasn't listening to it while I was working, which I don't normally do anyway except for the occasional high school game. I had stuck my iPod into my cargo pants leg pocket while in a hurry leaving the house this morning and completely forgot it was there when I arrived at my first assignment. Normally I would've left it in my Jeep.

I'm chalking this one up to jet lag after arriving home four days ago after a month in the Philippines. An expensive mistake won't repeat again. I just need more sleep.

marc
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 9:26 PM on 07.04.08
->> yeah since you started the ipod thingy here I'd like to vent also. I got a new ipod touch and think it is beyond bulls#@t that you cannot simply plug in your old ipod and tranfer all your stuff to the new ipod. I tried the senuti route but it still wouldn't tranfer over 700 songs...really irritating....grrrrrrrrr.....
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 10:36 PM on 07.04.08
->> Chuck

Ain't technology a bitch!

I got all these vinyl LPs and my iPod Touch can't play them.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

Need to get one of those new turntables with the iPod connector so I can transfer the scratches. Grin.

Keep the faith.
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Justin Edmonds, Student/Intern, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 07.04.08
->> Chuck,

I had great success with Senuti transferring over 3,000 songs. I lost all my music when my PC crashed about a year and a half ago. However I never reformatted my iPod and when I got my new Mac I used Senuti to transfer all my stuff back onto the new computer. I was then able to connect my brand new iPod touch and it all updated with the exception of my playlists (which I have word docs of and need to manually create them again). Email me and let me know what you did and maybe I'll be able to help.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 10:58 PM on 07.14.08
->> UPDATE

i did it. thanks to www.ifixit.com and Mr. Walter Calahan's recommendation i replaced the screen in my iPod myself tonight. all for only $45.85 plus shipping. i saved myself over $40.00 by doing this myself instead of sending it off to a repair center. what a great feeling.

i'd also like to thank my lovely wife who had to do some of the work for me since she has smaller hands than i do.

finally, life has a soundtrack again.

marc
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Steve Daggs, Photographer
Washington | IL | USA | Posted: 11:51 PM on 07.14.08
->> Here's another source for repair of iPods and other gadgets: http://www.irepairsquad.com/

They also have refurbs and accessories.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 11:53 PM on 07.14.08
->> That's good to hear.

I just found out this morning that my daughter needs a new harddrive for her Macbook. Because of this thread I ordered one tonight from ifixit.com and will follow the step-by-step instructions on their website when it arrives. Cool site!
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Nicholas Von Staden, Photographer
Pompano Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 12:30 AM on 07.15.08
->> here's another I have used for hard drive replacment and bought a ibook from.....http://www.techrestore.com
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 12:35 AM on 07.15.08
->> my kid (who is WAY smarter than I will ever be) took my ipod touch and my old ipod used senuti and viola!! all 2641 songs transferred! take THAT steve jobs! as I said earlier I think it is reprehensible that you cannot just move your music from one ipod to the other without jumping through a bunch of hoops....you may now return to your regular programming.8)
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 10:20 AM on 07.15.08
->> bob,

it really is as easy as the instructions look on ifixit.com. the hard drive should be a snap. not as much work as switching the LCD screen. one word of advice, i bought the iPod tool kit and the spudger tool. they're pretty cheap and are the same tools the pro repair people use.

when you get to unhooking the small ribbons from their connections be gentle. i was worried about how the hell i was going to get the tiny and very flexible ribbons back into their slots during re-assembly. well, it wasn't a problem and the ribbons pretty much slide right back into place. there is even a white line on each ribbon to show you the depth at which each one needs to be seated before locking them into place. the only problem is if you have man hands it might be a bit more challenging. if you have someone around with smaller hands you might let them do these steps for you. it will save you the headaches.

marc
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