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Cumulus Touch IC
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Flux & Heat to Cumulus IC
- Touch Disease / Pry Damage
- Long-Screw Damage / FPC connector
- Backlight / Micro-jumper
- Water Damage / Data Recovery
- General troubleshooting
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Answer to: Screen wont sit flushThis is usually caused by how the screen flex cables are aligned. Take a look at the flex coming from the screen and notice that there is a silvery “chip” on the flex. If it isn’t aligned properly, it will impede the way the screen sits on the housing.
Answer to: iPhone 6S screen went black and came back but battery drains very fastSeveral things can cause Battery Drain issues. You will need to isolate some variables in order to get a better understanding of what is wrong. The problem could be a bad replacement battery, excessive current draw from one of the modular components (camera, button, screen) or it could be a problem on the logic board itself. Here are some things to try: 1. It could be a bad replacement battery; there are lots of cheap batteries on the market. · Try replacing with a known-good battery or order a good one from here. 2. You could have excessive current draw from one of the modular components; for example, the backlight, a camera or a sensor. You may notice a hot spot on the phone or screen. · Fully charge the battery first. · Disconnect the battery and then disconnect one modular component at a time to see if you can determine which part is bad. I would start with the front camera flex, then the rear camera, then home button. 3. If that doesn’t make a difference, then you should try to...
Answer to: I dropped my iPhone 7 and both cameras and flashlight stopped workingThe rear camera is the key here. The front camera and flash will not work if the rear camera is damaged and cannot be enabled. So the simple thing to try is replacing the rear camera with a known-good replacement part (or from a quality vendor) to see if that solves your problem. If it doesn’t, then you may gave a logic board issue. Repairing a camera issue at the board level is relatively straightforward and much less expensive than replacing the device.
Answer to: iPhone 7 rear camera and flash not workingThere are several power rails that power the Rear Camera, U2501 being only one of them. Check to insure that U2501 is properly powered by VDD_BOOST and then check the other rails in the image below.
Answer to: Unresponsive iPhone 6plus screen turns on but screen doesn’t workTouch Disease is a very common failure on the iPhone 6 Plus. At first, the phone will typically develop intermittent touch control failure. For some phones, a gray/white bar starts appearing at the top of the screen. Twisting and applying pressure in certain spots sometimes allows touch control to work for a short period of time, but eventually, the touch interface ceases to function entirely. This is colloquially known as Touch Disease. If you are confident that your replacement screen is fully functional and there is no damage to the Digitizer FPC connectors on the logic board, then your phone probably suffers from Touch Disease. This is not a DIY repair. The current best practice for permanently repairing Touch Disease on the iPhone 6 Plus is to solidify the M1 pad underneath the Meson Touch IC. That pad tends to lift, partially or totally when removing Meson. Look for a repair shop that can do micro-soldering repairs to properly diagnose your problem.
Answer to: black spot in left corner and lines vertically through displayThat sounds like a screen issue. Unfortunately, the only way to know for certain is to try a known-good replacement screen. If you buy the screen from a reputable vendor, you shouldn’t have any issues but be wary if you buy a low cost screen from eBay or Amazon as the failure rates are much higher. You can follow this guide to do the repair yourself.
Answer to: Is the protective metal cover for display ribbon cables needed?You can safely keep the device as it is. The brackets are designed to hold the connectors securely in place, especially during transport or if you handle your device roughly. However, most iPads live a simple life once purchased so the chances that a connector pops loose is quite low. If this were an iPhone, it wold be easy to open it up again and make the correction. However iPads are different beasts and opening it up increase your chances of something else going wrong. Worse case, you can always deal with it in the future if it happens.
Answer to: Screen backlight not working properlyYou definitely have some logic board damage. You have two issues here, the backlight and the flash/camera. If you are getting a message indicating that there is excess heat, that’s a sign you have a short somewhere that is causing localized heat. This can probably be easily resolved but it will require that you have it looked at by a repair shop that does micro-soldering repairs. The backlight issue can be caused by a screen repair gone wrong, for example, not disconnecting the battery prior to removing and installing the screen or it by a screwdriver or fingernail gone astray.
Answer to: Can I use an iPhone 6 Home button on an iPhone 6s?No, they are not cross-compatible. When in doubt, take a look at the product listings here on iFixit…they will state if a part can be used on more than one device. iPhone 6/6 Plus Home Button
Answer to: Why did the home button randomly stop?The iPhone 7/8 series have a very inconvenient bend on the Home Button flex. It’s really easy to tear the flex, either near the logic board connector or at the 90 degree bend before it sneaks underneath the LCD heat shield. You have to be careful when you lift the screen off the first time but also anytime the flexes are connected and you have the device open. The other area that is easily damaged is the connector on the Home Button itself and the opposite connector on the short flex that runs underneath the heat shield. The long and short of it is that there are multiple failure points. Take a really close look, use magnification if necessary to see if there is any damage at all.
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