The first model of iPhone, Model A1203 with 4, 8, or 16 GB capacity and an aluminum back. Repair requires a significant amount of prying, and may require some soldering.

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Is there anyway to repair the dock connector flex cable contacts?

This phone keeps giving me problem after problem. Dead strip lead me to replace the whole lcd and I damaged the battery connection in the process so I replaced the battery and now it looks like I damaged my dock connector flex cable as well. Everything on the phone runs fine except no connectivity with iTunes/charger/dock. I spent awhile just jiggling the connector in the port and managed to get iTunes to recognize my phone very briefly. It looks like the cable itself may be damaged very slightly. Two or three of the gold contacts on the flex cable look worn. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas to restore these contacts. Thanks

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Clean the dock port pins very thoroughly with isopropyll alcohol, they are on top of the dock mid rib. Also when you jiggle the cable very carefully have the iPhone set down, so once you get connection don't touch anything, cable or iPhone to keep the good connection. Also the best advice is to try different USB cables, here new USB cables work best with the old worn out Original iPhones.

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So I went ahead and just ordered a new cable. They're pretty cheap and my home button was also a little torn.

Just want to warn anybody that might be stupid enough like me... DONT try and plug a replacement cable right into the dock connector on the logic board and try to power it with USB. My dock connector just literally caught fire and blew up all the resistors (Im guessing thats what they are).

I assume that I needed to have soldered that random cable (I forget what its actually to) to the new replacement before powering on. I figured I'd plug it in and see if it at least worked before I went ahead and worked it into the case and everything.

The tear down unfortunately doesn't go into how to actually remove the dock cable/home button/mic and most sources on here say its probably too difficult to even bother. The hardest part seems like soldering that small cable on without damaging anything but the pads are big enough that it seemed doable.

Honestly, I know this was the first of its kind and everything but compared to the 3G/3GS, this phone's hardware design is a DIY nightmare. Much appreciated for the advice guys

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There are a few vendors on line -Here or Here for example.

The tear-down should assist with the disassembly.

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