Second generation of Wi-Fi iPad, released on March 11, 2011. Model number A1395. Repair is difficult and will require heat.

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Is my digitizer bad?

Trying to test my new digitizer screen. I also replaced the wi-fi antennae, and I accidently broke the new ribbon for the power flex cable.. This is the 3rd screen I've replaced.. lots of accidents with this iPad2! Wish it were built sturdier like the iPad 1 I had.. always hated this design! anyway I installed the flex ribbon WRONG and tore it!.. it didn't work after the test to see if it would.. the home screen lights up beautiful.. but doesn't want to swipe to unlock so I'm wondering if I need to stick on that new wifi to the glass to make the screen respond.. Guess I will have to repair the flex cable before I can proceed with further testing.. I'm just wondering how to make sure the digitizer screen works and if the wifi cable has to be attached to 'find out'. Thanks for any help!

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The torn WiFi cable will not keep the digitizer from working correctly. The main thing on the iPad 2 is to ensure the two small clips that secure the connector are not damaged and the cable is folded under the edge of the frame correctly. I've done probably about 100 iPad 2 digitizer replacements and I can say the cable is certainly a little bit susceptible to damaged if not installed correctly.

If you pop up the two clips and slide the very edge of the new digitizer flex cable into the slots, then use a spudger or edge of a credit card to push them into the connecter nice and snug. Do this gently so the cable doesn't try and bend upwards or jolt in one direction as this can definitely damage the cable and make it have dead spots in the screen.

If either of the two clips are broken this will not allow the proper pressure to be put down onto the connector and it wont work correctly. You can cut a small piece of mylar off of the old connector and use it as a wedge to stick on top of the connector and nudge it into place with a spudger, plastic pry tool or edge of a credit card as well to equal out the pressure and get it working. Its a little tricky to get it right but take your time and cut it to the perfect size and it will work. I've had to do it once when a connector broke. I've popped tons of those the same way and never had an issue but sometimes one will break.

Hope this helps man....

iPad 2 can be very tricky to do perfectly the first time around. And even someone like me who has done tons of them, its still something you gotta take your time on. Commonly I see people I am training try and get in a hurry or get flustered and make more and more mistakes as they go. An experienced tech like me will still take an hour to do the job. Thats mostly work, but I also just go slow and keep an eye on everything the first time, So if something isnt perfect you can correct it before you seal it back up and lay the fresh adhesive.

Good luck!

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No I have a torn powerflex cable.. Hopefully this one coming soon will truly be preinstalled. what a job that swap was.. I wasn't ready for it at all and I am SURE the one already attached would be MUCH easier to install. I'm thinking that it might not have the rubber thingie under the volume switches like the original.

I took the adhesive off the new wifi ant. and I got some response with the screen..but then I broke the right hand connector.. the miniscule clip is totally off.. hmmmn. might be in need of a little wedge hey?? I will definately remember that! thank you! that is a great tip that would never have occurred to me! You kind of answered a question.. I didn't know I needed but yes this is the 3rd or 4th screen I have replaced so far. My case edge had several areas that I didn't fix prior to the last two screens that kept the screen(s) from sealing nice and tight.. so they then came apart and broke in time! that and kids dropping it! thank you SO much for your help!


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I am having a similar problem with my iPad 2. I just got the screen replaced with a third party retailer, and now the bottom of the screen is not responsive to touch. More specifically, I can type on the keyboard but I can't press the space bar. I'm wondering if this is because they did it wrong or if this is not a genuine part. Thanks!


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