Well I had a day to myself today, so I decided to get stuck in and tackle the mSata mod on the 80GB iPod Video I picked up from ebay a little while ago.
It's all gone well and the final result is pictured below.
I removed the onboard caps and re-routed the DAC output directly to the dock, fitted the iVue case, installed the 480GB Crucial mSata & adapter, restored and installed beyondwind's Rockbox with jdotfite's redux theme. Just need to load up some more music now. I also got the battery that comes with the iVue from RapidRepair. I don't know if it's considered to be any good, but I'll see how I get on with it.
When I saw the actual size of the components on the logic board, I had a bit of a wobble about the soldering as I'm not very skilled at it and my eyesight is not what it used to be. I bought a nice little 12W Antex iron from Maplin and that made it a lot easier. I'm so glad I did it as the output via my FiiO E18 amplifier sounds fantastic - much better than I had expected it would.
I just need to give massive thanks and huge respect to you guys on this forum that made it all possible. When my 160GB Classic ran out of space I thought I'd have no way of carrying all my music around on one device. To be able to do so again, with higher bitrates and at relatively low cost is just incredible. I'm going to grab a beer to celebrate - I just wish I could buy you all one too