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IPod 5th gen water damage

My daughter left her iPod in the car with the sunroof open in the rain several months ago. She said it was dead and would not turn on. I got it from her today and put it in a charger for an hour then did the reset sequence a few times. I got no light but the apple logo on the 3rd or 4th try then got the backlight flickering and heard some sputtering noises from the unit. Now it is back to being totally dead. Please offer some suggestions. Also, I have not found anything giving me instructions for opening the unit so I can make sure there is no water left in it.

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  • Wekanu Dec 07, 2007

    Thanks Frit, I opened the case today, pulled all the connectors, cleaned things with a dry toothbrush and popped it all back together. Now, when plugged to a charger, I can get the Apple logo screen alternating between a battery icon with no back light on either and occasionally I get the sad face icon. It only does this when room temp and it heats up fairly hot pretty fast but not too hot to touch. It does nothing when hot. From the FAQ's it looks like this means a fried board but who can be sure until it's replaced? I don't have her computer cable to hook up and try reloading the operating system software but I should be able to get it from her in a few days.There was some corrosion, as I would expect, but I think it's done with corrosion for the most part. Any more suggestions? Thanks, Matt

  • welderchick Dec 27, 2007

    My boyfriend found an ipod 5th gen on the side of the road in the rain. It was on and the screen was frozen. Her took it home and opened it up and let it dry. Now it turns on and songs can be loaded but it can not find the songs to play them. Is there any hope to fix it? We dont really know anything about ipods.

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Most likely the board is fried however if you're lucky only the hard drive is dead and that is an easier cheaper fix

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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Once it's been wet inside you are pretty much out of luck. iPods are mini computers. If any of the circuitry inside got wet then the connections will start to corrode and it will be junk. You should not try to open it unless you know what you are doing because you can damage the connectors.
Your best bet is to sell it on E-Bay as broken/for parts or repair and state that it has been wet. Someone will buy it for the parts and you can use whatever money you get to buy a new one.
Sorry to have to tell you the bad news.......

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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