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I can see the screen but there is no backlight

My third generation iPod was accidentally submerged in water.

Since the backlight no longer works.

The screen is very difficult to read.

Everything else works.

Is it repairable?

Thank you.


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I followed the procedure described. The screen is more readable and the unit is operating normally. Unfortunately the backlight of the screen does not work.

The backlight is it included in the screen?

Does replacing the screen would solve the problem?

Thank you in advance for your help.



paturel, I am most certainly not the expert on the Nano's but on all the ipod's I have (to many :)) the backlight is part of the logic board. I know there are coil issues on later models of the Nano that get shortened out and thus prevent the backlight from working. I would think that you have to replace the main logic board to get your backlight back. Sorry, good luck to you.


Too bad, I could try a screen change. Thank you céry much for your reply.


Does this make your ipod wiped clean of the music stored on it?


Backlights are always on the LCD. Whatever you have they are attached by two separate connections on the ribbon cable. Try touching up a dry joint first, it might do the trick. I don't think you can disassemble the nano screen to change the backlight.


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try starting the iPod Diagnostic Mode and see under the backlight check to see if it comes on. If it does not I am certain that you are having at least LCD problems that you can only fix by replacing theLCD or main board problem by having shortened out the coils. Try to replace the LCD first since it is the cheapest way. iPod Nano 3rd Generation Display Replacement Good luck. I attached the diagnostic menu for your test, just in case.

In order to access the inbuilt Diagnostic menu on the Nano, you need to press a combination of keys immediately after restarting it.

1. Toggle the Hold switch to Hold, the off again.

2. Press and hold Menu and Select (the centre button) for at least 6 secs, or until the Apple logo appears! – for iPod 1G to 3G press Menu and Play – hereafter referred to as the ‘Reset Method’

3. As soon as the Apple Logo appears, press and hold |<< and Select – For iPod 1G to 3G press |<<, >>| and Select

Navigating the Diagnostic Menu

Once you are in Diagnostic Mode, use the >>| and |<< buttons to navigate the menus. In most cases Menu will go back one menu, and Select will select the menu option. You can exit the menu at any time by selecting Power, Reset or by pressing Menu and Select (Menu and Play for 1G to 3G) to reset it.

Note: The menu’s shown below are from my iPod Nano 3G, and may vary to the menus you see.

iPod Diagnostics BuildID: d002

SVC Sep 10 2007 v.0072












Within here you have;

1. ACC_Identify – Shows ACC = 2.497V

2. BatteryA2D – Shows 4.062V Ref=255

3. HighPower – Puts the screen on full brightness and shows a start time, Voltage (3.982V) and current (100mA)

4. ChargeCurrent – Shows Cur=100mA Battery = 4.046V

5. Reset – Resets the iPod


Sends the iPod to “DeepSleep” – you’ll need to do the Reset method above to restart it.


Allows you to test the Headphone detection and play test tone. Interestingly there is an option to record from ‘Line In’ – Watch out for the Test Tone, its *VERY* loud!!


Has one option “TVPattern” that didn’t seem to do much, and needed me to do the reset method above to get out of it.


Within here you have;

1. ColorPattern: Shows a series of patterns on the LCD. |<< turns off the backlight, >>| sets it to dim, Select goes to next pattern. You have to look at all 25 before you can exit.

2. Backlight: This allows you to check the back light, using the |<<, >>|, Play and Action buttons. Menu exits this screen.

3. ReadLCMID: Reads vendor info about the LCD. Mine Shows Vendor ID: 38 PanelID: 55 BuildID: 71 Read ID: OK

IO: (Input Output)

1. ACC_Switchtest: Not sure what this is… Accessories detector?



1. SdramQScan: Does a very quick SDRAM Test

2. NANDSPEC: Mine Shows; NandLBA=991232 NAND SIZE:3.819200

Touch Wheel:

1. TouchWheelID: Mine Shows; 0:9045003a, 1:c609013a, 2:8000023a, 3:8000033a, 4:8066043a, 5:8001053a

2. WheelAndKey: Lets you test the touch wheel and all the keys (interesting that this is the only place the wheel works!)


This shows various information and the iPod’s serial number, as show below

About Information

SrNum: 6U73xxxxxx (Obscured on purpose here!)

Mod#: MA978

Regn: 1 0 2 0 37 0 1






HwVr: 00140010

vrsn: 1.32.f.2

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Thank you very much for the very detailed explanations. I'll try. Sincerely.


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