Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to RobertGRussell)
Besides the scrolling feature built into the click-wheel, there is a microswitch button for each function. In other words, Menu, Forwards, Backwards, Play/Pause and Center Button each have their own switch that’s activated when you press that part of the wheel.
It’s possible that the switch for the Forward function has failed. Does that button work in ANY menu area. Do the other buttons work? If you’re in the middle of an album, can you go backwards in the list of songs?
I was just working on the click-wheel on one of my Mini a couple of days ago. I bought a used one and the prev other had some kind of decal over the scroll and the adhesive virtually glued the center button to the rest of the wheel.
Hopefully, it’s just the Mini’s click-wheels are they’re available on eBay for about $10 and can be user-replaced, if you’re VERY careful.
I also have an old 1st gen Mini that could be a parts donor and could do this for you. I could also replace the harddrive with a 32gb Compact Flash card and new battery while the Mini is opened, if your interested. I’ve done a BUNCH of those and they work great. I'm even selling one of them on eBay now.
Sorry that it's taken me so long to get back to you, However, now the iPod mini in question is stuck in recovery mode--the folder with exclamation mark. I've gtried to restore on my XP but get tje message thAt the ipod updater cannot be contcted.I've uninstalled/reinstalled Itunes several tiems to no avail. Any suggestions for this? How much do you charge to fix the click wheel?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to RobertGRussell)
I'm sorry to hear about the latest problem. I've got quite a bit of experience with Minis and this sounds like a harddrive issue (the Mini has a spinning hard drive similar to the one is most computers), but it's tough to say for certain.
I would swap your clickwheel from my donor Mini for $15 plus shipping. I have a donor OEM harddrive that I can install for another $10.
But with a little shopping around on eBay, you can find a good working Mini for that much or less. If all you want is a 4gb Mini, having me work on yours wouldn't be worth it.
If you love your Mini, you should really consider upgrading to flash storage. I could replace the clickwheel and (unless the new trouble goes beyond the hard drive) I can upgrade yours to 32gb or 16gb of flash storage and replace the battery. $55 for 32gb+battery. $40 for 16gb+battery. If you want the flash upgrade, I'll swap the click wheel for another $10.
I don't think you can find that much flash storage in an iPod anywhere else for that amount of money.