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    Question iPhone 3G Glass Smashed - I have a bunch of questions

    Well I dropped my iPhone yesterday and completely smashed the glass cover. The phone still works the same except its a bit hard to read. Oh and my phone is jailbroken of course.



    I made an appointment and visited the Genius Bar and was told that I could pay $200 and get a "replacement". The genius asked me more questions about my jailbreak than I asked him about the screen.

    Anyway, I would like to know exactly the part names of the display LCD and how they fit together. I have watched the videos by iFixIt and PDAparts.

    I don't mind attempting a fix on my own but if anyone knows of any reliable third parties that do this sort of a fix for cheap (<$100) please let me know.

    Cheers,
    Vidur



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    First of all, VERY bad idea to go to the genius bar with your phone still jailbroken, as this technically invalidates your warranty.

    Second, if your phone doesn't have a broken LCD you can just replace the glass.

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    what exactly does the warranty cover anyway? they did not take down any details so unless the recognize me by face next time I go there, I should be fine.

    The LCD isn't broken (as far as I can tell). But I don't understand how that is possible, shouldn't one of the glass shards have broken through the LCD too?

    Update: I have ordered this Replacement Outer LCD Screen Lens Glass for iPhone 3G V - eBay (item 290296747699 end time Mar-17-09 23:28:17 PDT) off ebay for a little less than $10...I'll let you'll know how it goes

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    That looks good.

    It's pretty common to break the glass without damaging the LCD. It all depends on what kind of impact it was.

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    i just change mine on 3g and i can say whatever u bough does not work u need a digitaizer check this
    Apple iPhone 3G LCD Glass Lens Touch Screen Digitizer - eBay (item 250371978495 end time Mar-13-09 03:07:01 PDT)
    iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1
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    So what you bought *MIGHT* work, but it is highly challenging to do and is likely to fail. That would involve slowly chipping the top layer of glass away from the digitizer (without damaging it) and then gluing the panel back on. It has been done, some swedish dudes have a few videos of them doing it.

    However, for only $20 bucks more (around $30 total) you can get the glass + digitizer which is much safer and easier to use. One tip, if you go this route, is the following:

    *In some of the dissassembly directions they tell you to "gently pry out the lcd from the frame." No matter how 'gently' you do this, you will damage the LCD (I know this from personal experience). Instead place something between the glass and lcd and then, using your fingers, gently pull on the side of the frame, tilt, and the LCD will come out without damage. Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.

    -b

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyder View Post
    Update: I have ordered this Replacement Outer LCD Screen Lens Glass for iPhone 3G V - eBay (item 290296747699 end time Mar-17-09 23:28:17 PDT) off ebay for a little less than $10...I'll let you'll know how it goes

    Hate to tell you this, but you just blew $10. The glass lens is totally useless. What you need is the 3g glass digitizer for about $25.

    I've repaired three 3G phones with cracked screens already. Once I got past the first one, the other two were easy. Takes about 2 hours if you go nice and easy.

    Some tips:
    1. Use a suction cup to lift the screen up from the body instead of trying to pry it out and potentially damage something. Lift up slowly and stop once you start seeing the screen separating from the body. Then just use your fingers to complete the separation.

    2. Once you remove the 5 or 6 screws from the frame holding the digitizer and the LCD together, don't try to pry the LCD away from the digitizer cause you might slip and crack the LCD. Instead, slide a razor or thin screwdriver between the metal frames of the LCD and digitizer and the LCD literally just pops out smoothly.

    3. Once the LCD is safely removed, I'd wrap the digitizer assembly in plastic wrap and place it face down on a hard flat surface. Then I'd take a hammer (yes, a hammer) and carefully smash the glass digitizer to even smaller bits such that it pretty much bulges and separates from the frame. DO NOT hit the frame or it's game over.

    4. Once the clear glass is nicely smashed, you can start using pliers to pluck away the CLEAR glass, leaving only the BLACK glass still partially glued to the frame. Then take a tiny flat head screwdriver and start sliding it underneath the glue holding the black glass to the frame. Once you get the screwdriver under the glue, then use a lifting motion to lift up the shards of glass. Repeat until all shards of glass are separated from the frame. This process takes the longest. Do it slow to avoid scratching the sensors underneath the glass and to avoid puncturing through the thin rubber seal around the frame. Clean up all remaining traces of glue.

    5. Apply new adhesive to the frame and black areas of the new digitizer (I use Pliobond) and stick them together. Reattach the LCD panel to the digitizer, being careful to avoid leaving dust and fingerprints on the LCD or the underside of the digitizer. Reconnect cables and reassemble the screen to the body and enjoy.

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    I also highly recommend the suction cup technique--couldn't be simpler..

    Another tip that helps, is to use a hairdryer (unless you have a heat gun) to heat up the glass which will slightly soften the glue underneath the black parts of the glass.

    Q: I went through the process the other day. The only issue I have is that the screen does not turn off when the phone is up to my face causing a lot of buttons (mute, hold, etc) to be pressed inadvertently while talking. I think this is because the adhesive I used, while strong, didn't seat the glass deep enough in the frame? All touch functions work, however.

    Anything else I should check before I detach the the glass and try again?

    Thanks

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    I've an iphone 3g that had the glass crack and i tryed to separate the digitizer from the glass and that just failed.

    So i bought a replacement glass + digitizer from ebay.

    My phones in bit's, Does anyone (UK Based) want the job of fitting this glass and building the iphone back up?

    Also need it done to a 2g.

    I've all the parts here, just don't have the time now

    Obviously i'll pay.

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    I find the reply are very helpful!!!
    thanks


 

 

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