GSM iPad 2 with 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, and a Dual Core A5 Processor. Model Number A1396. Repair is complicated and requires heat and prying.

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After replacing the WiFi antenna, I can't turn on WiFi

Replaced the digitizer and severed the WiFi antenna. Replaced the WiFi antenna (removed logic board), and WiFi was working but very weak (needed to be right next to the router). Opened up the iPad and reseated the antenna (this time by popping out the little WiFi IC daughter card). Partially reassembled the iPad, but now WiFi is greyed out. Did I screw something up? What process should I follow to determine what part needs to be replaced next? iPad boots fine - just WiFi and bluetooth are not working... Thank you.

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start with a hard reset---power and home buttons for 10 seconds. This sounds like a software problem if you're sure the chipset was plugged in nicely.

Alternatively, just unscrew and lift the board up off the battery for a bit, then reseat and boot.


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Is it low signal or greyed out wifi? If greyd out then it is the chipset--try "reset all settings". To see if it just didn't like you unplugging it.


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Neither option resolved the issue. Other thoughts?

Thank you for your help thus far,


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