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01 April 2006 @ 11:24 am
Power Corrupts . . .  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

. . . But hopefully not in this case.

It would appear that I've managed to replace my dead iPod battery (it wouldn't hold a charge, but worked fine when plugged in, and I mostly used it in the car) without a major incident.

I managed to get the case apart on my second try, without denting, bending or scratching the back. I replaced the battery, reattached the HD snap/surface connector (I can never remember what those are actually called) and started to charge it.

After a bit I turned off the lock (thus confirming I hadn't screwed up that mechanical linkage) and it turned on, spun up the HD and all of my data was there. It even synched tracks that had been played. So far everything looks good, but I haven't tried to use it on battery power, since you're supposed to charge it for at least 3 hours before using it, and that ends in . . . Oh, 10 minutes ago. Well, I'm tempted to charge it completely before trying to use it.

Oh, and for those who are interested (3G owners, your batteries will be dying eventually) WeLoveMacs.com has replacement batteries for $25. Yes, they're in Santa Clara, but trust me it's worth your time to spend the few bucks on shipping to avoid dealing with their "retail" store. *shudder*

UPDATE: After it was fully charged, I tried playing a few songs on the new battery. As HAL once said, "I'm completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly." Yay! iPod back!

 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: "An Audience with You" — John Wesley Harding (not on my iPod, yet)
 
 
 
michael pendletonschwap23 on April 3rd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
First off, there is a wicked glare falling across the screen right not, so I can barely see what I am typing!

Thanks for the tips! I found that site through the Cool Tools site I frequent ( http://www.kk.org/cooltools/index.php ), and that's a pretty good reference, but it's always better when you actually *know* the person who is talking! Supposedly that (battery) site has directions for doing a replacement, and even will do it for you if you inclined to pay the extra fee, but still...

Now, when will I get around to doing this? This very much remains to be seen...
Erik Ogan: for hireeriktheplaid on April 4th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Cool Tools ROCKS! In general, I've found that they only review stuff they've actually used, and found useful. But yes, having someone to query is helpful. :) One thing to keep in mind: Apple has a battery replacement (actually, you get a different refurbished unit) program for . . . $60, I think. So if your costs are getting anywhere close to that, you might just want to jump up to that.

OOC, which generation of iPod are you trying to fix?
michael pendletonschwap23 on April 4th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
If the price at Apple is indeed $60, then I may have to amend my plans! Last time I checked it was $99, and that was gulp-inducing...

The iPod I have is Y's old one. A couple of months ago, she had a fit of consumerism at the Apple store and bought a new black, video-tastic iPod! So the one in front of me is what? 3rd Gen? Clicky wheel controller only. I could look it up, but that would take effort, and I'm fresh out right now. Maybe if we had that Nobilis of Effort guy around... ("I Effort at it some more!")