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Same here. The glass was spiderwebbed and it was frustrating work. About 2 hrs in I must have gotten a little careless because a little extra force and boom...LCD broken.
If your glass has more than a few cracks in it I would say it's not worth the effort-replace the whole display or take it to a professional.
The "display assembly" I purchased was very simple: glass and LCD and a small board with cable and that's it. It didn't have all this beefy mid frame stuff so I had to reuse my old one. Check to see which part you purchased before going through unnecessary disassembly steps like I did.
I recently broke both the glass and display so had to replace both. For fun, I tried to see what it would be like to try to replace the glass only.
I'll be writing up what I wrote later today if you want to stick around but the moral of the story is that there is a lot of adhesive and you'll have to be VERY careful.
After looking closer, I see that it suggests prying between the glass and the bezel and leaving the bezel behind, once again my fault for not reading closely enough. I will say that this is quite difficult to do when the screen is already shattered...
After replacing the screen I noticed it looked horrible because the little plastic bezel was missing. I considered reusing the old one but it got pretty beat up in the removal process so it wasn't really an option.
I will be editing the guide to mention trying to keep the plastic bezel intact so it can be reused after the screen is replaced. If it cannot be reused, I feel like the parts kit that includes the new screen should include a new bezel.
There is a separate guide for this:
iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415 Front Panel Adhesive Strips Replacement
Maybe I was doing it wrong, but the plastic opening tool I was using kept bending before it was prying anything apart. Therefore I suggest using either a metal spudger or a razor blade to make the very first opening but being VERY careful. My assistant/wife later scratched the LCD going overboard with the metal tools.
This is a very good idea. I was replacing one with a shattered screen and it was a pain in the ##@ because it kept breaking again and again, not to mention the safety glasses I had to wear because tiny glass bits kept flying into my eyes.
Have you edited the guide to include a step about this?
I nearly broke my wifi antenna because I didn't read this whole step clearly and didn't go backwards and release the antenna from the front panel. Admittedly, this is my own fault but I've edited the step to make this point more clear.
I too had difficulty removing this screw, mainly because the ifixit bit driver is somewhat fat and gets in the way. Luckily, I had bought the replacement screen from iCracked and their provided screwdriver was somewhat thinner.
Be careful with this and have patience!