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Broken Screen repair on an iPad2

by jeffsware

My Problem

I dropped my Ipad and shattered the glass

My Fix

getting the old screen off was not easy.

The first guide I saw on your website recommended the iOpener as the way to get the cover off. It worked, but I have a heat gun and it turned out to be far more effective.

My Advice

I really like fixing things so I got over excited and wrecked the wifi antenna and the PMV cable.

Some big warnings at the beginning for people like me would be nice.

A:

tools required (bare minimum) and best option (for example the heat gun and that really slick opener on your website)

B:

Before you start in big bold letters 'these are the other parts that can break if you're not careful. I know you have that information on your site but it didn't seem to register very well for me.

There are also some things in re-assembly that are not simply the reverse of disassembly.

I had some nicks in the plastic bezel after I opened the ipad up. those, the adhesive residue and some very small glass bits made the first attempt to re-install the cover a bit of an ordeal.

I used the square edge of a sharp chisel to clean out the gutter in the bezel and remove the excessive adhesive residue. that made it go back together nicely.

I also pre heated the adhesive with a heat gun so that it was nice and sticky when I pressed it back together. and I stacked the Ipad on the bubble wrap from replacement front panel with a few old textbooks to let the adhesive set. before I did that, the home button wasn't working reliably because the front cover was not completely seated.

I had a fair bit of trouble with the #00 Philips screwdriver that you provided. I don't have super steady hands but I found it didn't grip the screws very well. I happened to have a Wiha set with a #00 Philips in it and it worked beautifully.

The magnetic mat is brilliant. I am going to order a few of the pro ones when you get them back in stock.

all told it was a great learning experience and I'm not afraid to tackle any other repair on your site. I'll just make sure I'm a bit more careful next time.