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A+ proven repair for an iPod touch! Just one jumper wire?

Updated on September 3, 2011

Touch Screen Repair on 3rd generation touch.


Alright, this one repair guide took me time getting a photo, even though it's such an easy repair believe it or not. If you already followed my previous steps here and your 3rd gen touch is still not recognizing the touch screen, get out you soldering station and preferably some thin coated wire. Remove the coating on a section of wire and put some solder on it. Remove some of the coating on the flex cable and put some solder as well. View the picture to see where the wire will connect the main board to the flex cable. This should give your flex cable power from the main board if it didn't have any.

Wow that was short and simple, if you have any questions you can ask me for assistance.

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      Techi-Mom-926 

      2 years ago

      Again, thank you, thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. :) I'm anxious to give this a try. Musicmp3, How 'bout making a video for YouTube? So many people are asking for help on this. The only help available over there is "repeated" instructions for giving the iPOD Touch a hardboot and restore. Very, very frustrating. I personally thank you. I am so relieved to have found your instructions. Again, with appreciation, I thank you.

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      Musicmp3 

      2 years ago from United States

      you can email me @ my name hotmail.com

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      Techi-Mom-926 

      2 years ago

      Musicmp3 It seems a few people have the same question. "Where" is the FLEX CABLE? I'm guessing it's under the orange-plastic cover, but where? How to get to it? Drill a hole through the plastic? Sorry, really sorry for sounding dumb, but I am a visual learner and having difficulty guessing where this infamous LOL "flex cable" is hiding. Thanks so much for your help. I sincerely appreciate it. OMG... you've just answered. Thank you. Thank you for your patience.

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      Musicmp3 

      2 years ago from United States

      No problem. The orange plastic piece is the flex cable. If you look at the cable, it has thin metal running through it. If you take an Exacto knife you should be able to uncover some metal so you get a good solder point.

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      Techi-Mom-926 

      2 years ago

      Musicmp3 Thank you so very much for answering. I apologize for being a pest, but I am a "new" to this and desperately need to know WHERE the FLEX cable is located. Is it directly UNDER the "orange-colored plastic cover"? I don't see anything that looks like a "cable". Thank you again, I sincerely appreciate your help.

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      Musicmp3 

      2 years ago from United States

      If you scrape a bit off the flex cable, you would just solder to the flex cable conductor. Scrape just enough so you can solder to the thin metal.

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      Techi-Mom-926 

      2 years ago

      Musicmp3 It appears that you have placed a drop of solder directly on top of the orange-colored plastic cover. Is that right? There is no pin underneath that area. How does this work. Thank you.

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      Musicmp3 

      3 years ago from United States

      Glad I could help, unfortunately I moved on to a different technical career. The only advice I can give is, reverse engineering without prints takes a lot of trial and error. I made a good profit off buying junk/broken electronics and reselling. There are many wholesalers on electronic parts for just about anything. Just remember to fully test and check the quality and dependability of your repair. Good luck!

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      retro 

      3 years ago

      give tht men a six pack works at first try!!!

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      NAREK 

      4 years ago

      I've tried this on mine 3rd gen iPod Touch. I can confirm that this method works and my iPod's touchscreen is responsive again. Thank you for your solution. I've got about five 2nd gen iPod touch'es and they are also suffering from unresponsive touchscreen even after replacing screen with new, working ones. Does this solution work with 2nd gen iPod Touch? Which pins should I short with a flex cable? And where should I solder the wire?

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      TJ 

      4 years ago

      hey musicmp3 dose this jumper work? I really cant see where it is soldered to the ribbon cable any help would be grateful thanks

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      george 

      5 years ago

      OK the pad had disappeared (it's a 32G touch 3) but I found a small hole in the circuit board. I guess someone had been there before me or some damage occurred and the pad got removed. Any problems you can think of soldering direct to the battery?

      Just out of interest, why does the 32G touch 3 lose power to the "top end" anyway? Is there a switching FET under the logic board that blows?

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      Musicmp3 

      5 years ago from United States

      Although if yours is a 3rd generation 8GB ipod touch it has the same mainboard as the 2nd generation and would have a different setup.

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      Musicmp3 

      5 years ago from United States

      It will be the bigger pad on the grouping.

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      george 

      5 years ago

      It is not clear, where on the board to solder to. I can see the group of 5 small pads, but you appear to have soldered to a 6th pad, toward the ribbon cable, which my touch 3, does not appear to have. What did I miss?

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      Stuart 

      6 years ago

      This is a most valuable piece of information. After replacing my digitizer and my ipod still not working, I was going to sell it as useless. After doing this simple fix, it now has a new lease of life. Thanks.

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