Second generation of Wi-Fi iPad, released on March 11, 2011. Model number A1395. Repair is difficult and will require heat.

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Digitizer Not Sticking Around the Flat Ribbon/Cable Area

I repair a lot of iPads and I keep coming across this issue. When I glue the digitizer, sometimes the area around the digitizer ribbon/cable doesn't stick well (left lower corner). I think because the ribbon pushes back up against the digitizer and the adhesive comes off. So you can see a little gap between the glass and the back plate where the flat ribbon is.

I do my best to push the ribbon in that little space on the side where it is suppose to go and I have used many different type of double sided tape/glues, etc, but I still see this issue from time to time.

Can anyone tell me what I might need to do to fix this issue? I really appreciate it.

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Hi, I've replaced dozens of iPad 2 digis and the first couple tries, the cable did fold right there on the left side and it shouldn't. Here's a tip that I now use for each one and it works great... first, some people affix the new adhesives to the main frame but I secure them to the underside of the glass. Then I peel up the edge of each one just enough to be able to pull them off one at a time before I begin lowering the digi down to the main housing. When laying in the lcd, I get as much of the digi cable under the lcd as I can while installing the 4 screws. (The device shouldn't be open more than 90 degrees from this point on) I make sure the cable is going straight down all the way next to the edge of the lcd - NO FOLDS! It may take some "rocking" back and forth of the digi to feed it down, but you'll feel it sliding in as you close it like a book, and it will make a much better adhesion. Secondly closing it up - secure the right side of the digi inside the edge of the plastic frame first, then do the left side. If one corner doesn't seat properly, you can always use your thumbs to move the digi that last fraction of an inch to make it fit all around. If any one of the corners of the housing are pushed in from dropping it, the digi won't lay properly so the corners may need re-shaping. I broke a glass when I tried forcing it in. So anyway, Good Luck! Any questions: Terry (iphonesfixed1@yahoo.com)

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Thanks so much for this comment. I had several times tried to replace the digi but always with the same problem of not being able to stick. Followed these instructions and it worked great! :)

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I don't know if this will help but I he the same problem when I fixed my digitizer and my only thought was to fold a piece of tape over and double it up so it had more holding area. Maybe the cable is pushing up on the digitizer and it just needs a little more adhesive to fill the gap. Anyway, it took care of my iPad which had sections not sticking. In fact I double all my tape and now it's nice and tight ..

If you have fixed a lot of iPads, any idea why the extreme left side of my digitizer might not be working?( see my post)

Thanks!

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hey! I changed the digitizer of my ipad because it was broken. After connecting the new one but without fixing it yet to the ipad, I am having serious trouble!!!!

This is a 64gb 3g IPAD2!!!!

Can anyone help?

See that working zone is very reduced!!!

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Fernando... if you can provide some details please? It would help. Thanks, Terry

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Where did you get your digitizer? I bought 2 off eBay and both of them had dead spots. The sellers claimed they were all tested prior to shipping. I'm sure they maybe plugged them into something but did they check the entire area for dead spots? I doubt it..I finally sent my iPad to Rapid repair in Kalamazoo Michigan and in an hour it was finished and it works fine.

The problems you are having could be a bad screen or in my understanding if you aren't extremely careful you can mess up the digitizer cable ruining a brand new digitizer. Also, did you get your broken digitizer off without tearing the wifi cable?? If you tore the cable you will have no wifi..

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Stumbled upon this and having same issue iPad digitizer cable seems to push up bottom left corner...I compared original digitizer and cable seems to be larger. Going to add extra adhesive see if that helps. Almost as if apple needs to go back to clips as adhesive is a pain, just like the iPod touch 4th gen. iPhone screens are much easier to do, just figure all this technology they could come up with better design then double sided tape.

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The original replacement iPad 2 and iPad 3 digitisers with the original flex cables are designed in a way that the flex cable bends around the inside of the back housing. Take a good look as you are removing the original screen and you will see how it arcs.

When you fit the new digitiser the start of the flex cable has a firm part which is there to poke in between the LCD and back housing. The cheaper replacement digitisers lack this 'firm' part of the flex cable and are really hard to get the flex cable to shape as necessary for the glass to lay flat.

The original adhesive to fit the glass comes black in colour. You should never need any more adhesive than the black double sided adhesive.

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I find the best way is to arc/bow as much of the cable into the ipad side housing, affix the LCD screws while holding the digi at 90 degrees,

then fold it over softly to fit it to ipad so right side is even and touches your adhesive softly (Leave a gap on the left side), then use a soft flat head type tool at the left corner to poke and straighten the last bit of the digi cable, applying soft downward pressure on the digi till icable goes into the space between the lcd, u will feel when it goes in. then apply pressure around the edges for your adhesive tape.

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