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Original post by: TechWizard ,

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Alright, so after all of that troubleshooting, the answer was right in front of my face all along. I tried the third and final charging port connector only this time, I peeled off the sticker off the bottom of the replacement cable that adheres it to the aluminum frame of the iPad.  There is what looks like a conductive area there that, once the tape is removed, makes contact with the aluminum frame. This one both charges and allows the home button to work.  I'm assuming that the other cables would likely work as well, if I removed that tape and stuck it down to the frame, but to be honest, I'd rather not remove this one to test those and only cause this one to stop working for some mysterious reason, haha.

tl/dr: Peel the tape off of any replacement components first so if something needs to make contact, it can, and get more rest.  :)

Thanks anyway.

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