After water damage, what parts to replace?
I bought an iPhone 3G for $5 from a friend. It was known to have water damage -- she dropped it in a puddle. Anyway, it seems to charge fine and is recognized by iTunes, although I'm not yet sure how long the charge will keep. If I get this working, I'll probably attempt jailbreaking it to play with on T-Mobile.
But so far, I can't even use the main screen's slider to unlock, giving me the impression it doesn't recognize my finger trying to swipe it. I can tap on it and the screen soon goes back into low-power mode.
I see several parts for the front panel (front panel, kit, assembly). Which part do I need to replace? Should I get any other parts that are likely to be a problem after fixing the touch screen? Any tips or suggestions otherwise? Also, does this mean the logic board is likely to NOT be a problem since it's booting up and charging? (I hope that's the case, I don't see any logic boards for sale!)
Lucky you. If it is just the touch screen then you need to purchase a digitiser.
I would recommend that while you have the phone open giving it a nice clean with isopropyl alcohol. whilst the phone may be dry now corrosion may be taking place or debris may cause a short and in a few months your phone may end up as toast. it looks either green or white like spider webs. It's worth the 5 minutes whilst you're in there fixing the touch screen...just take care with the little gold prong on the bottom right of the motherboard it can be a bit tricky to release. clean all the connectors and visible parts.
batteries are cheap enough and are the most likely part to fail with water damage. iPhone 3G Front Panel
Probably just a bad board due to liquid damage. We have found that soaking the board in alcohol for about 4 hours, than letting it dry out in rice over night is the best solution in your case. It has recovered many water logged phones in our shop. The alcohol will get to places that you can't reach, it wont just eat all of the corrosion away, but it will help. I have done this to about 10 liquid damaged iphone logic boards. In a shop test last week, 10 our of 6 iphone 3g/3gs logic boards came out working perfect. Good luck.
5 bucks for a water damaged iphone, you got yaself a bargain ! if you don't see any corrosion on the board don't clean it. where ever you see there's corrosion just clean it with a bit of IPA solution(isopro
theres actually nothing wrong with the digitizer/scree
i have experienced that problem exactly. more than likely you got your self a bad digitizer. try to test the new digi on a unit that works and ill bet it wont work on it either. if digi is bad return to seller or just bite the bullitt and spend 10 bucks and buy another one. after all u only paid 5 bucks for a 100 dollar phone.