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Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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iPhone 5 won't turn on after opening

So I opened my iPhone 5 because I wanted to do a battery replacement. First time opening it went compeletely smooth but for some reason the connector of the new battery didn't fit into the slot. Only the left (or bottom) side of the connector seems to fit. Then I decided to switch back the old battery and reassemble the phone just to see if it still works, and it did. After that I realized that I didn't put the shield that protects the ribbon cables coming from the screen back on.

Next time I opened the phone, I pulled too hard and the whole screen came off with the ribbon cables. Now the screen stays black when I try to power up the phone. So did I ruin the ribbon cables even though there is no visible damage in them? Is there any way to be sure if the ribbon cables are the problem?


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This also happened to me once, but yes, you will have to buy a new screen. Even if there isn't any visual damage your ribbon cables may be damaged.

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I'm pretty sure you're right. I just tried to restore the phone via iTunes and the phone started to vibrate and make sounds so it seems that the ribbon cables are damaged. I guess i'm going to order a new screen on eBay and see how it goes.


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Try Reset, hold both Home and Power buttons for about 10 seconds until the iPhone begins to restart itself. This will sometimes get a black screen started.

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I forgot to mention that I already tried that and no luck. Thanks for your input though.


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