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March 3, 2014
Broken screen on the iPad2, it's my wife's artist studio machine and it took a tumble while she was moving around canvases. It had an interesting straight line crack from side-to-side which in turn contained the crazing to 25% of the glass.
Repair guide was helpful and accurate. The plastic pry tool left a bit to be desired as it deformed and got boogered pretty quickly. Found an exacto blade to be helpful but requires a deft hand.
I'm not sure that it's possible to remove the glass without killing the wifi antenna. I suppose it's possible with practice but I'm glad I followed the advice to purchase this together with the front panel kit. Not sure why adhesive is needed on frame and glass sides of the antenna but what do I know?
I inadvertently failed to tighten the logic board screws which leads to an unexpected result of the iPad rebooting whenever you tilt the device. Luckily the front panel came off easily and the screw tightening fixed the issue.
1)Heat gun is a very useful additional tool.
2)Duct tape had enough adhesion to be useful in removing crazed glass slivers in intact chunks (I read a number of reports that packing tape didn't help).
3)Eye glass cleaning micro-cloth is a great way to clean LCD and both sides of glass
4)Shared the experience with my 11 year old son. He's a good extra set of hands and expert micro-screw turner/organize
February 7, 2014
I was replacing the front panel of my dad's iPad after he dropped and cracked it and in the process ripped the original antenna due to general carelessness and a lack of planning
The new antenna itself went in smooth as silk. Getting the front panel off is not something I particularly want to do again, but swapping out the antenna was just a case of "screw this in here, here, here, and here and pop this attachment onto the logic board." Then once I verified it worked I went back and undid it so I could sticky it in place and repeated the connection process
Once you get the front panel off the antenna goes in really easily. Getting the front panel off is much easier when you use a small screwdriver that's been filed on one side to make a small chisel. A metal screwdriver is much stronger than the plastic opening tools and won't bend.
January 8, 2014
The kids were playing with my wife's iPad, and our 2 year old decided to throw it! Needless to say the floor won. The unit was still operational, and the screen was fractured.
I ordered the complete digitizer assembly with the repair tools, and the repair went well. The only thing I damaged was the wifi/bluetooth antenna in the repair process. I would suggest ordering this for the future, if performing this repair again.
Take care to read the instructions, be careful with the screen removal. Use the packing tape trick on the broken screen removal!
December 27, 2013
It looked like my daughter dropped her IPad from a two story window but it was only from her bed. She likes to read from it to fall asleep! Alas, no carpet flooring just tile. The tile wins!
The instructions online were terrific and clear. The front panel was so shattered the guitar picks were not enough so I also used an exacto knife. But in doing so I cut the Wi-Fi antenna. No problem though I followed the suggestion and ordered one to send back. When everything was together again the screen shook and acted erratic. I was frustrated then but to the rescue the troubleshoot section of instructions told me to check the connection and un-kink the flat part to the screen (see how technical I am?). It worked, the IPad works, I'm happy, my daughter is happy, what could be better? CARPET!
It helps that I have taken apart many electrical components. Before doing such a repair find an old junk amplifier, radio, computer and take it apart for fun!
December 10, 2013
My brother-in-law dropped his iPad 2, and it messed up the LCD. It still turned on, but never showed anything other than black. So I figured I could open it and see what was wrong.
In following the instructions to take off the screen, I got a little zealous and tore the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna. Oops. Always read ahead.
(The LCD fixed itself. I found a mysterious screw, which may have been shorting something.)
The repair went smoothly, except I didn't check every single cable/function before closing the iPad. I forgot to push the nearly invisible black SIM/Front cable completely closed.
So I reopened the iPad, taking care not to break the Wifi cable again. However, there was *absolutely* no warning about severing the lock button cable at the top left. Of course, that's what I did. At least it's a minor inconvenience.
1) Carefully read through the guide, taking note of any warnings.
2) Make sure you check all functionality before closing the iPad.
3) If you do need to re-open, don't be over confident and go slowly.
November 12, 2013
This iPad was dropped and had awful damage to the screen and bottom center, right where the antena is screwed down.
The guides were very helpful in letting me know where to be careful and how to properly open the iPad.
Wear gloves to keep your oily fingerprints from touching the surface of the inside screen or the digitizer.