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Can I Build iPod from Parts?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hey,

I have an idea to buy all the parts for the iPod 5.5G and build it by my own [screen,160GB 1.8" HD,main board,full housing with the click wheel, battery, headphones jack, hold button and middle frame].

Is there any chance it will work?

here are the links for all the parts [I just need to find some flex circuits for the HD]:

Find iPod Video 60GB Front+Back panel housing+click wheel BL on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Find 160GB ZIF SAMSUNG SPINPOINT 4200RPM 1.8 IN. HS161JQ on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Apple iPod Video 60GB 80GB Replacement Battery 00678 - eBay (item 390050318538 end time May-18-09 01:30:16 PDT)
Find REPLACEMENT LCD SCREEN FOR IPOD VIDEO 30GB 60GB 80GB on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Find iPod Video 5th Gen Mainboard Motherboard Logic Board on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Find Headphone Jack Hold Switch BUTTON iPod Video 30GB 5th on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Find Apple iPod Video Middle Frame Replacement on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
Find iPod Video 60GB | 80GB Headphone Audio Jack HOLD Button on eBay Global Buying, with worldwide deals on items in all your top categories
post #2 of 31
You could. But it'd be more expensive than just buying a whole one. You could build an iPod Photo out of replacement parts if you wanted, but it'd cost more than a touch, so whats the point.
post #3 of 31
Ipod is made by modules...

Such as:
- Logic Board
- LCD
- HDD
- Battery
- female jack+hold switch (1 module)
- docking module
- clickwheel

But it seems that you cannot buy the housing...
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
I do can buy the housing, look on the links above.
Buying the WHOLE parts will cost 190$, while it will have 160GB HD.

the parts are:
-Screen
-Mainboard / Logic Board
-Housing + Clicking Wheel
-160GB 1.8" HD
-Audio/Headphones Jack
-Hold Button
-Middle Frame
-850mah Battery
post #5 of 31
Hmm, that is interesting

Is such a logicboard as good as the original one? Is there the same wolfson DAC on it or is it just a cheap replacement?
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
It's the original logicboard.
post #7 of 31
The hard drive you are looking at will not work in the 5th gen Ipod, different type of connector.
post #8 of 31
screen, housing (front and back), click wheel, metal frame, headphone jack and hold switch assembly and the battery will cost something in the region of:

£50

its the storage and logic board which are the pricey items, maybe try and get a couple of knackered of ipods off ebay for spares/repair and salvage what u can, it should be possible to buy one for less than the cost of a logic board and "hopefully" the logic board will be useable as will the headphone jack and hold assembly and the hold switch button and click wheel assembly.

Obviously this is not always the case, but very often the problem with these knackered ipods is the hdd only. Do a bit of research of ipod malfunctions, search on ebay, ask sellers questions and try that route if ya want, "might" save a little cash

Otherwise stick to ya plan if thats what you really want to do. But as has been answered, yes it is possible, but perhaps not the most financially practical way of doing things.
post #9 of 31
What is the main purpose of building your own iPod?
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
dazzer - Thank you very much for the great ideas.

The purpose is saving money, which isn't what that is gonna be unfortuanly...
I guess I will buy some scratched iPod for 50$ and new housing and new HD.

Can you recommend me about drivers which will match the 5.5g iPod? or just tell me what kind of connector I need.

I need 160GB HD.
post #11 of 31
If you do ,it will then become a myPod(sorry, I can't pass up cheap puns when the opportunity presents itself, my bad!)
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
I liked it! myPod!!!!
post #13 of 31
"Anything" is possible.
As long as you have the needed skills, and source of all the needed parts.
post #14 of 31
It's an interesting idea, especially if you already have a new HDD, battery or flash card mod. Might save you a bit of cash.
post #15 of 31
On a serious note, was the 160gb logic board actually 5.5 gen. or later ? I'm pretty sure that that the 80gb was 5.5gen.(it was also called the iPod Video) but I'm not so sure about the 160gb. If it were me & I had the time,access to the parts & most iportantly saavy to pull off the build , I don't think I would opt for the 160 if I was'nt sure that it was still using the Wolfson. You still have plenty of capacity w/ the 80 & most importantly(if it were me,once again) the Wolfson. Regardless of what you use I would look up whatever info I could find on the DIYMOD from the start rather than just follow how the iPod is put together stock. If you are going to take the trouble to build your own player it does'nt hurt to get some insight from others who have taken the time to work on the player. Good Luck! Let us know how things go !
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