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Answer to: Samsung Essentials All In One TeardownHave you seen this video? Looks like a similar model (but maybe not identical, so be extra careful). The RAM and hard drive both look pretty accessible once you have it open. Hope this helps!
Answer to: Can I repair my home button with a kit?Hey Lee, Unfortunately the answer is no, there’s no kit that will restore Touch ID functionality once the home button or its cable get damaged. Your options are: (1) Replace the button yourself—it’s a fairly easy job, but Touch ID will be permanently disabled. It will work only as a home button. (2) Pay Apple for a screen replacement—more expensive, but they’ll include a new button and they can restore Touch ID. (3) Find a repair shop with a professional microsoldering rig and the skills to patch your home button cable back together. Hope this helps!
Answer to: iOS 12 Fixed Auto Brightness?I’m seeing numerous reports that iOS 12 beta 2 restores auto brightness function for affected phones, with True Tone still being disabled. One or two further reports state that a DFU restore to iOS 11.4 enables True Tone. I haven’t had a chance to test any of this yet. It does seem like Apple is working on the problem, although it remains to be seen whether any potential fix makes it into the final release. Stay tuned!
Answer to: Why doesn't keyboard and trackpad work after battery replacement?It sounds to me like something just isn't connected properly. IIRC there's a temp sensor integrated into the touchpad, and if it's disconnected the fans will run full blast. I'd probably just re-do the repair and reseat each connector really carefully, making sure the ribbons are straight and fully inserted, and that they aren't connected upside-down or damaged in any way. Let us know what you find. Good luck!
Answer to: iFixit Tri-Point Y000 driver bit for iPhone 7 / 7 PlusI've used the Y000 bit pretty extensively on the 7 Plus, and it's the same bit that we used for all our guides and teardowns for both phones. It also works for the Watch, which has much smaller screws. I'm afraid we don't make anything smaller! I will say that the tri-point screws sometimes require more pressure than I'm accustomed to, in order for the driver to bite. I think it's because the heads are so shallow; the driver needs to be really snug and absolutely on-axis in order to get any traction on the screw head. I'd suggest giving it another whirl! On the off-chance you got some kind of defective bit (it's very rare, but it happens), reach out to our customer service team for a replacement. Good luck!
Answer to: Screen connectors don't fitFirst, you should probably verify the model of your phone and make sure you've got the right part. I'm pretty sure a fully assembled iPhone 6s display should have three connectors, not four. Next, compare the new display with the old display. Are they identical? Are the connectors physically different? Sometimes the display ribbon cables get folded in the wrong order so they won't line up properly, and in that case it's a simple matter of carefully reorganizing the cables so they line up with their sockets. Let us know what you find and maybe we can help further. Good luck!
Answer to: Nothing to connect home button to on replacement screenHi David, The home button plugs into the home button link cable, which is a flat ribbon cable sandwiched between the back of the display and the shield plate. If the part you purchased does not include a new home button link cable, you can use this guide to transplant the cable from your old screen to your new one (assuming it is in good condition). If you prefer, we also offer replacement screens with the home button link cable preinstalled to make your repair easier (they do cost a little more). If you bought your screen from iFixit and would like to return it and purchase the "full assembly" version, just call or email us here. Hope this helps!
Answer to: Need help with these Connector latchesYou had it right the first time: those are ZIF connectors. The white part that fell out is the latch you're meant to flip up in order to release the cable. Here's a video of a tech working on a Spectre XT. At around 2:18 you can see the ribbon cables getting correctly detached. At this point, I'd leave the cable out and try to carefully reinsert the latch. Watch out that you don't damage the socket itself, or you'll be in for a much more complicated/expensive repair. With the latch back in place, you can slide the cable in and close it up.
Answer to: Mouse Pointer Uninstalled And Drivers Won't Repair ItThis might be a long shot, but have you tried updating your graphics/video card drivers? I'd probably try that next. Also, if you haven't already, go into your pointer options try enabling pointer trails, and see if that makes any difference. By the way, the model number you gave looks like it's for a laptop PC—have you tried both the built-in trackpad and an external/USB mouse?
Answer to: Can I salvage a missing screw on an iPhone?If you mean you're missing the screw in the center of the display cable bracket, sorry to say I doubt that's the source of your problems. In the past I've often put iPhones back together for testing and left that entire bracket off, and everything works fine. (The bracket, as best I can tell, is only there to secure the display cable pop connectors from popping off.) If you aren't convinced, you can try moving either of the two lower screws from that bracket into the center position, as they're the same 1.2 mm length. (Do NOT use a longer screw from the upper area.) That aside, to answer your question, I don't know about salvaging screws from an iPhone 4—it might be possible, but it would be very easy to accidentally cross-thread the screw if it wasn't a perfect fit. Worse, if you use a screw that's a little too long, you can permanently damage the logic board. If you're determined to find exactly the right screw, you can purchase a replacement screw set. Finding the right screw can still be tricky though, as...
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