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I bought a new wi-fi cable and i am trying to connect it to the mainboard of my ipod touch 2nd gen 8gig i am not sure how to please help ?

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  • jasongero173 Apr 08, 2011

    i am trying to ask for help with the flex cable that connects the touch screen to the main board inside the ipod, I took the old one off and i am not sure how to reconnect the new one please help.

  • jasongero173 Apr 08, 2011

    it is the flat wire that is made of 10 or so littler wires that is behind the battery when you open the ipod it is black on most of it but it is also the biggest flat cable / wire that conectes the top to the bottom of the main logic board .

  • jasongero173 Apr 08, 2011

    ok may be this will help, i need to replace the wi-fi flex cable it is called you can get a picture on you tube plase help me replace it.

  • jasongero173 Apr 08, 2011

    it is pretty simple it's the only wi-fi cable in the ipod it is the wi-fi anntena .

  • jasongero173 Apr 08, 2011

    the wi-fi cable it is the antenna


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Hi,some repairs are simply to hard/extreme/risky/whatever - you need special tools, the right skills, you simply need experience for some repairs - and this one is - not even a hard one, but without the proper tools and/or a good portion of creativity, you simply can't do it!

the next thing is - nobody should give a "conductive adhesive" about what apple uses in their iPod touches - it does not matter, use something that has the same function and it will be fine.

i repaired phones and other tiny stuff for years - but something never changes - some people have a total wrong perspective about this job. everybody want's a professional repair for an affordable price, of course the price had to be very,very affordable. in this special case - what is affordable ? - think about it, you want a pro to do it, you want that the device works after the job is done and it should cost nothing (ok, mybe 5 bucks since the part costs 9$ in china). please don't forget that all iPhones are disposable devices. they aren't build for getting repaired, soldering on the logic board is potentially dangerous (for the board) - even with the needed knowledge/tools/creativity.

the best way to desolder/resolder the ribbon cable is with a special soldering tip - but since almost nobody has those things, you need a soldering iron (i use a switchable iron with 30/130w) with a fine smd soldering tip, some soldering grease and solder tin. desolder the ribbon cable carefully, use a little bit of the soldering grease for that, it helps to melt the tin - the contacts on the logic board can easily ripped of (and that could kill the iPod). desolder the cable contact by contact, when you're done - clean the contacts with the soldering iron (all solder points should be almost tin free) - add some solder tin on every contact on the ribbon cable (it's easier that way).

soldering the new part on the logic board isn't too hard - first solder the left and the right contacts first to the logic board (that way you don't need to hold the ribbon cable all the time). after that, solder the other contacts, one by one to the board. don't fry the board to death, when you see/feel that the tin is melted, go to the next contact, and finally - use some conductive adhesive (google it)

the other point is - the missing conductive adhesive was the problem in the first place - so maybe it's enough to buy this stuff for less than 4$ and try that first

About the oblong areas on the back of the wifi ribbon, a continuity meter shows that they are for grounding indeed. These spots can be glued down with "wire glue" (search on ebay) for $5.

About the end of the wifi ribbon, it definitely requires a different kind of adhesive. After much searching, I finally found someone (tomfgilks from Canada) selling the RIGHT kind of tape in small segments on EBay. The tape is 3M 9703 (you can search ebay, be sure to include "title & description" in search). I just ordered this and haven't received it yet. So I can't testify to it for sure. On the EBay page, this guy includes a link to 3M describing this tape, it's definitely the right kind. For anyone wanting to purchase an entire roll, you can get it @


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Can you describe further the wi-fi cable you are referring to. The wi-fi cables that I may be thinking are the ones used to connect devices to an antenna which is not possible for an ipod as it does not process radio signals. Thanks

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  • Nicolo Carlo Parazo Apr 08, 2011

    What I know is that the ribbon pops back into place. Below is a link of the screen's removal. The exact reverse order is how to get it back on the unit. I hope this helps.


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The easiest way to carry out your problem is to buy a usb adapter cord with a usb wireless connection. the price is approximatly 20 usd and you would have to worry about connecting the cable to the motherboard .. a good one to get i/0gear

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