First generation Apple iPad with Wi-Fi, available with 16, 32, or 64 GB. Model Number A1219. Repairs are straightforward and do not require heat.

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How can I diagnose what's still broken in a water-damaged iPad?

I'm working on a water-damaged 1st generation iPad as a skill exercise, and its current state is that it won't boot up at all, isn't detected by computers, and won't charge when plugged into the wall.

I purchased the iFixit toolkit to take it apart, and I've already soaked the logic board in isopropyl alcohol 3 times, scrubbed gently, and removed all signs of corrosion from the logic board and connectors. I did notice what looked like a bit of corrosion on the bottom-left side of the display panel (when looked at from the front of the device) where there doesn't appear to be any circuitry, just the shielding. Other than that, everything looks to be in good shape now from a visual standpoint.

I have a multimeter but admittedly don't know much about how to properly use it. I did manage to confirm that the batteries seem to have juice at 3.75V, so I don't believe there are any problems there.

At this point, what are my options to diagnose which component is bad? I don't want to buy a bunch of parts since I already have a new tablet to replace this one's functionality. But, I'd like to figure out what's wrong with this one and attempt to fix it. Is there a sure-fire way to say, "Yep, it's the logic board!", or "The digitizer is bad!" without having a bunch of spare parts on-hand to swap in and out?

Thanks in advance.

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jave27, just because your battery shows 3.75V does not mean that it is working. You would have to test a battery under load to make that determination. My advice is to always change the battery with any liquid immersion. The lithium reacts strongly with any humidity and can cause failure. Second, your dock connector is the umbilical between your iPad and the world, check the pins on your dock connector with your multimeter. Check the pinout according to this diagram. After that you can still have trouble with the charging coil, the power mosfet as well as multiple other components. You definitely should check fuse F1900 for continuity. It is a 5 A 32 V fuse with a 0603 package. Also, check the attached power block image for an idea of what could be going on. Hope this helps to get you started.

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Thanks a ton for your suggestions and resources on this. I'll keep poking at it and see if I can diagnose the problem.


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