Revamped version of the iPhone 3G with faster processing speeds. Repair of this device is similar to the 3G, and requires simple screwdrivers and prying tools. Model A1303 / 16 or 32 GB capacity / black or white plastic back.

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unable to reassemble after battery replacement

I've done other disassembly/reassembly projects on other devices, but I'm having a problem after disassembling my iphone to replace the battery.

The motherboard doesn't fit back in the case (ie. the mobo doesn't fit against one of the screwholes -- near ribbon connector #6). There's probably something I'm not seeing, but I've looked closely and tried several times.

All the guides I've looked at describe the steps to disassembly, but as far as reassembly, they all just say "reverse the steps for disassembly," which doesn't help me at all.

I can get it to fit in without any battery, but with either the new or old battery, it does not fit well.

I'm hoping someone knows what I'm talking about and can help me before I get too frustrated and/or break something.

Please help!

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The photo #3 shows the battery is installed backwards. The battery contacts sit next to the Vibrate Motor. Right now the contacts are toward the top of the iPhone, they are to be more towards the dock area, right next to the vibrate motor. Just lift the battery and spin it around, do not flip it over, it is not upside down.

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Definitely what Brad said. Your battery in the wrong way. Theres a hole in between the contacts of the battery, that should be a location of where one of the screw holes are.

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OMFG! That's it. I swear that's how it looked when I took it out...but of course, I'm wrong. That's embarrassing. I can't believe I didn't try some other positions to fit everything in.

Oh well, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Thanks for all your help and suggestions!

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You kind of have to slide the board in where the sim connector region is, and get it lodged in with the camera attached first. Then you can maneuver the rest of the board down, and press the camera into its place. It takes patience, just go slow, you will figure it out.

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An additional tip would be to partially insert the SIM Tray from the outside of the case as usual, and use it also as a guide to how the Logic Board needs to be seated.

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Thanks for the replies, but I'm still not getting it.

The problem is that the logic board doesn't sit up against the screw hole next to ribbon connector #6. All the other holes are fine, but that corner of the board doesn't sit in the right place.

It fits nicely if I don't have the battery installed, but with either the old or new battery, I can't push it down far enough that the screw can hold the board in place.

Is there anyone in the LA area that could look at it and just help me put in the 7 screws (really only the 1 in that corner) to attach the logic board? Please contact me via email (in my profile).

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Take a look at the tiny prongs that hold the volume switch in place, sometimes one of them is projecting inwards instead of being flat against the volume bar.it may be that which is stopping the board from going down flat. just push it back where it should be..

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Another good suggestion, and I have seen those prongs; but no, they are not bent under the logic board.

I'm tempted to take all the screws out and do a complete disassemble, but I'm afraid that will lead to other complications.

Since the logic board fits fine without the battery, I'm guessing that some part of the battery is not fitting in properly, or the battery is pushing some other part into an incorrect position, thus blocking the proper fit.

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Can you take pics of the battery, and the board in the housing?

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funny thing reading a post and then having the same problem..maybe I should stay off here! :-) turned out the batter had a slight bulge in that top right hand corner..only a 1mm bulge but enough to make the logic board not sit right. tried another battery..it fit, so I chucked the other away! bulging battery is not a good battery.

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Haha yea a bulging battery is like and bloated canned food, toss it!

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