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Port was broken. Difficult to charge
Excellent. Best repair process ever. The instructions and pictures were perfect. I purchased the needed tools from Ifixit which were very imexpensive, the part was also bought through Ifixit, and low and behold, everything works perfectly. Good presentation guys.
If other repairs go like this one, I will use this process going forward.
My son's Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appeared dead. Holding the power/volume/home buttons in the various "reset" combinations had no effect.
First attempt was to replace the battery (using iFixIt's replacement guide). The new battery got it working, but it eventually died again (after the battery drained, of course). Additional research pointed to the USB charging port as the problem. Replacing it solved the problem.
We should have noted at first that the problem was the charging port since the device would not work even when plugged in. However, on many devices, if the battery is dead, the device still won't work, even when plugged in, so the battery was our first thought. When the new battery drained after installation, it was then obvious that the problem was the charging port. Thankfully, iFixIt had a USB port replacement guide (and Samsung made it a replaceable part). And the cost of the part was relatively inexpensive.
The port replacement was straightforward and took about 30 minutes. Then we charged the new battery, and then replaced it with the original battery. As it turns out, the new battery was not necessary, but we now have a replacement available when the original one eventually wears out.
USB port wouldn't connect.
Most of the screws came off okay, but the two black screws that held down the actual port were very hard to unscrew. I had to use a flathead screwdriver to get these ones out.
But, in the end, everything works perfectly and I can get back to sketching again! And I saved SO MUCH MONEY.
The black screws are direct descendants of Satan and might need some extra muscle (and tools).
The inner connector in the mini-USB port is easily damaged (I much prefer the Apple design). That was the case on this tablet - a proper connection could not be made to recharge the tablet, rendering it useless.
The hardest part of this repair was separating the case without any fractures. I went slowly, starting at the point for holding the stylus, used a plastic spudge for most of it and a very thin knife blade in one area near the top. Once the case was open, the rest of the repair took at most, 10 minutes.
Go slow when opening the case, use the plastic spudge for lifting the connectors, be sure to reseat them firmly.