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January 15, 2014
I got a good price for an used iPhone 3GS. Everything great, but camera did not work. So after looking at fixit guide I decided to replace it myself.
The camera arrived very fast and was exactly what is needed for this model. The guide was sufficiently detailed, however one of the screws - the one holding the camera was too tight. But I swapped it anyways, no problem. I just bent the metal piece it held in place and then bend it back. The disassembly was exactly as described. The problem: it did not fix the issue I had. So I took it apart again and reassemble. That metal piece I mentioned broke off, but it is not that essential. Assembled again, still nothing. Well, it is what it is, the phone is working as before, so at least I did not get matter worse.
Not much, get good screwdrivers (good fit between the head and the screw is essential), suction cup is also a must, but I got it from some toy.
December 5, 2013
Camera not working
Followed the guide, everything went smoothly. New camera works. This is not the first time I have worked inside an I-Phone.
Don't rush it.
January 31, 2013
Iphone 3GS used to die abruptly quite often. After researching for a while, figured that it could be due to the battery. Also had an issue with the phone's camera, that it was not being recognized.
So, bought new battery & camera from Ifixit, replaced them as per the guide available at their website, which was fairly easy.
My Iphone is back to life and working well so far
followed the guide available to replace the faulty battery and camera. it was a flawless execution with the precision instruction set available.
no specific advise as such. If you have a good stable hands, ready instructions carefully and follow them, the job should be done in 20min
June 29, 2012
When my dad upgraded the ios on his iPhone 3GS, the camera stopped working, so he bought an iPhone 4 and gave me the 3GS. I bought the replacement camera from iFixIt because i'd purchased a replacement battery from them earlier and was super impressed with the speed of shipping and overall high quality of the experience on all fronts.
Simple to follow instructions, had the tools, easy.
Don't be scared of taking your iPhone apart and putting it back together, it still works!
October 24, 2011
Camera didn't work due to cracked power/data strip.
Camera works just fine now!
My camera broke from pulling the motherboard previously. Take camera out with the motherboard to avoid damage. Install the data cable on the motherbpard score you try to attach the camera to the case. Be careful it's a tight fit.