iPhone 3G Display Replacement
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Replace the display in an iPhone 3G.
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Difficult
Cracked or faulty display? Replacing the glass is somewhat involved but very doable.
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If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.
Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.
Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.
Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.
Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the lower portion of the iPhone's display assembly.
Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1."
Ribbon cable "1" is connected with a plug style connector. The block at the end of the cable is the plug which is simply pushed into a socket on the circuit board. No other locking mechanism is used.
Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.
Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."
Slide the ribbon cable out of the connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.
Turn the display around, and if there is a thin strip of black tape on the edge of the display assembly, carefully peel it up.
Turn the display assembly over and again carefully insert a metal spudger between the two metal rails along the edge of the display assembly. Gently rotate the spudger to lift the LCD up from the glass.