Second generation of iPhone. Model A1241 / 8 or 16 GB capacity / black or white plastic back. Repair is more straightforward than the first iPhone. requires screwdrivers, prying, and suction tools.

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Certain portions of the screen are not responding?

The areas on the screen that are unresponsive seem to be straight lines across the display directly where the 'send' and also the 'space' buttons appear when typing a text message. Could this be a problem with the LCD, the touch-glass or both?

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Dear Rioch,

As you still get a clear picture of those spaces, it looks as if only the touchscreen glass is concerned.

Do a hard-reset of your phone (holding Power and Home buttons simultaneously until you see the silver apple on black background appear), just to confirm that you are not looking at a software glitch.

Then head over to the Parts section of iFixit to get either a Front Panel (35$) or a Front Panel Assembly (70$) depending on you fixing skills.

See here:

iPhone 3G Front Panel

iPhone 3G Front Panel Assembly

Kind Regards,


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iPhone 3G Front Panel


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iPhone 3G Front Panel Assembly


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or you can get them on ebay for 10 bucks


Thanks for the reply Ronny, I had already done a hard-reset and it didnt fix the problem, are you saying its possible that this could be a software glitch? If so what indications would there be to show that it could be a glitch? Also the front panel had been previously replaced on this phone as it had been completely cracked.


Well if it were a software glitch it would go away and resume perfect fuctioning after the hard-reset.

For instance, taps on my iPhone 4 are sometimes off by 1cm or so, but closing the concerned application or hard-resetting the phone always solves it for me.

If it has been replaced previously, there might be a chance that the connector simply is a little loose...

Have a look in here on how to open your phone and getting to the connector...

iPhone 3GS Front Panel Assembly Replacement

Just try to resettle the connector.

If that doesn't get you any further, I am afraid you need another front-panel replacement.

If you are lucky, your replacement is still covered by warranty...



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