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Replace Headphone Ribbon Connector Latch on iPod Video 5th Generation main board?

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I have a working main board for an iPod video 5th generation. The only exception is that when I was detaching the headphone ribbon cable from the flip-up latch on the main board, I broke accidentally broke off the tiny brown, movable clip that holds the cable in the connector. 

 

The connector is still secured on the main board, but the clip does not go back in the connector. 

 

An eBay seller is offering an entire replacement connector, and I'd consider buying it, but I don't know the level of difficulty to replace the entire connector on the main board. 

 

Is this something that requires soldering, or will is snap on and off? 

 

Here is the listing:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171211604572

 

… and a picture of the portion of main board affected (although this is not a photo of my main board): 

 

http://www.ipodjuice.com/images/fifth-generation-ipod-video-audio-headphone-jack-cable-connection-2.jpg

 

Thanks in advance! 

post #2 of 2

Replacing that connector is a soldering job and you would have to be an expert do it by hand as the pins are so close together.

 

Can you see if the brown bit that wont go back on has a bit snapped off?  If so you could buy the replacement and carefully remove the brown bit to attach to your connector.

 

Other than that you could try something like a small ball of blu-tack just big enough to clamp the ribbon in position against the hard drive - might take a couple of tries but once it's back together it shouldn't be a problem as nothing in there moves.

 

Good luck!

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