The screen was really dim so i figure I would try to solve it by installing a new battery since it was 3 years old.
It was difficult to open the case. Don't follow all the steps provided in the manual, it makes it more complex than it needs to be. Just cut the battery out, sodder in the new one, and don't mess with taking out all the parts of the ipod. The battery didn't solve the problem because there must be something else wrong with it...ugh!
Look at the problem above.