Third generation of iPad with Wi-Fi, released on March 16, 2012. Model Number A1416. Repair requires heating and careful prying.

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iPad Not Working; Battery Causing Restart after Screen Replacement

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I own a 3rd generation iPad Wi-Fi model with 16GB onboard storage. Originally, it belonged to my sister, and the digitizer became cracked after the device fell to the floor, and my brother-in-law successfully replaced it. However, a short time after he had replaced it, the new digitizer also cracked. Not wishing to spend more money on an aging device, they opted to buy a new one, and offered me the cracked one, if I wanted to fix the digitizer again.

So, I bought another new digitizer, and went through the motions of repairing the device again. Since the digitizer had already been replaced, removing the front was not particularly challenging, however, the wi-fi antenna ended up sticking to the digitizer and the foam underneath was torn. I fear the antenna might be damaged, but I cannot tell, since after I installed the new digitizer and replaced the screen, the device did not appear to be turning on, and it was not even making noise.

To see if the device was even powering on, I connected to my Mac via USB and found that something peculiar was happening; the device appeared to be rapidly turning on and off in a pulse-like pattern. I have Dropbox installed, and it pops up every time a USB device is connected, however, when I connected the iPad, this popup kept appearing and disappearing as if I was plugging in and unplugging the iPad constantly.

I decided to dig deeper, and removed the logic board, to inspect if there was any damage to it that I may have inadvertently caused. I could not see any (though my expertise is more in software than hardware), and began to secure it back to the frame. As I was doing so, I had left the device connected to the computer, and found that it was no longer powering on and off rapidly, and was staying connected, but as I screwed in the battery connector, it began power-cycling again.

As such, I pulled the logic board away from the battery connector, but left the 30-pin port, speaker, and home button connected, and found it was staying on. In spite of this, I tried connecting the lock button and screen. When both were connected, I clicked the lock button, but the screen would not illuminate (or even turn on for that matter). I can verify that the lock button is working, as I have made several attempts to restore the device via the lock+home button combination, but the restoration has failed because of the power-cycling, and the device is locked behind a passcode.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how I might be able to resolve this and get the iPad working again, it would be greatly appreciated. If it is completely fried, it's not a huge deal, since the device is already 5 years old, and doesn't owe me anything, but I would like to get it going if I can.

Thank you in advance.

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First--ack! Do not work on a device under power! Disconnect all sources of power before doing anything.

Simplify variables here. Check your battery voltage--it is likely very low. It needs to be 3.8v min to power on the device. Then start with ordering a known good charge port. (Cheap) Assemble the device without the screen, connect the charge port and make sure the board is screwed onto the battery. Get a USB ammeter (cheap) and plug that in line to a known good iPad charger--not a computer.

See if it pulls normal charging current ~1A. It may start very low for 15min, but see if it can revive its battery to ultimately pull 1A. If not, replace battery.

Let it charge the battery for awhile, then disconnect all power and install the screen and see if it will boot.

A MacBook USB connection is a variable. Eliminate that.

An iPad will not boot without a charged battery even if drawing current through USB, that will not power it on.

Eliminate the entire variable of USB connection and see if the board will boot with a charged battery. It is possible for an iPad that sat for a long time to deplete the battery below the level where it can charge.

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Thank you very much for your reply! This is some very good advice. I will try measuring the current and voltage, as well as ordering replacement connectors. However, first I will need to acquire the components necessary to do this. I don't own a USB ammeter or a multimeter, so I will have to either buy or borrow these, and hopefully begin looking at the device in a few days' time. I'll let you know how I make out.

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Hello Again. I finally got my hands on a multimeter, and took a measurement as you had advised. Sure enough, the voltage coming from the battery was 3.3V. Yesterday I left it to charge all day, and then took another reading in the evening, the voltage had reached, at that point, 3.82V.

As such, I removed it from the charger, and reconnected the LCD. I then attempted powering it on, which worked successfully, the LCD lit up, the device began producing sound, and I connected the digitizer, and it was working as well. However, shortly after this, the LCD went dark, (the backlight shut off).

In spite of this, the digitizer was still working, and I could still see images on the LCD. Assuming it might be some sort of driver issue, I reassembled the entire iPad (but didn't seal it) and conducted a hard reset (home+lock buttons).

I then, through iTunes, restored the iPad to iOS 9.3.5, but now the iPad appears completely powerless. It shows up in iTunes, when connected, but the LCD is off, and there is no sound.

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Hello once again, sorry for the delayed response. I managed to get the iPad working, however I accidentally damaged the digitizer cable, which rendered part of the touchscreen unusable. As the device was five years old as it is, and required me to purchase another digitizer, I opted to just not invest more in an aging device, and have disposed of it at a local electronics recycling facility.

In spite of this, I would like to thank you for all your help. Had it not been for the mistakes I made, the iPad would have been up and running. To reflect this, I am going to mark your response as the answer for those who encounter a similar problem in the future.

Thank you again!

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What a bummer. We would have paid you a few bucks to send it to us to refurbish and sell or donate to a local kid. Sounds like it only had minor issues.

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