iPhone 2G screen top doe not respond to touch

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    A relative's iPhone 2G has a problem with the screen - the top part of the screen (basically, the top row of icons) does not respond to touch. There's no visible damage to the iPhone, and the screen itself works fine (in terms of displaying). I've already restored it to the factory default, and it didn't help.

    Any ideas what might cause this?

    Before I take it apart, is it possible that something has come loose inside to cause this? I can't imagine that there are separate ribbons for different sections of the screen, but you never know.
     
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    Appl3FTW

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    you have a bad digitizer... it's the layer on top of the LCD screen and yes it has a different cable than the LCD.
     
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    Digitizer, obviously, (like the poster above said) your iPhone is out of warranty. I don't know how much Apple will charge you.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    Time to upgrade.
     
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    jav6454

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    Obviously you've never had an iPhone.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    Had tons..... Of course you can change the digitizer but why would you do this on a 7 year old phone? For the money you spend on a new dig you're on your way to a "new" phone. Digitizer is what $50+? For $50 more you're picking up a 3gs, for $100 more you're getting a used 4.

    Work smarter not harder.

    IF you mean an OOW replacement most likely it will be $149 for an i4. I tried to replace my 3gs when I heard they would not be selling them any more and I got the i4 for $149.
     
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    Lol @all the misinformation in this thread. The digitizer is below the glass, and is fused to the glass and LCD. It's an expensive part for the 2g.
     
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    jav6454

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    Like I said, you have never owned an iPhone. And I don't mean as a model, I mean the iPhone. (No the 3GS, not the 3G, not even the newer ones)
     
  9. macrumors 68020

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    I guess I'm confused.... an iPhone as in the original iphone.... yeah had 4 of them. If there is some other "iPhone" of which you speak please enlighten me.
     
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    jav6454

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    Exactly. The original one. One must be able to appreciate that device as it was the first in its class. The one that went on to pave the way for all the devices we have today. Not to mention how advanced (in some ways) it was to its time.
     
  11. macrumors 68020

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    Yeah... I saved one for that purpose. However it's not a classic car that can still compete with today's new muscle cars. It's an obsolete piece of tech that has seen it's time. Box it, put it on a shelf and move on to another, more useful device. Just my $0.02
     
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    Appl3FTW

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    so 2G it's all one component? if so, that's what i meant, lcd/digitizer/glass.

    i know 3gs digitizer and lcd are separate
     
  13. macrumors 68040

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    Have you visited eBay recently and looked for the original iPhone? A pristine example is going for $500 or more. I'd pay for an out of warranty "repair" and get that original iPhone swapped out for a refurb and either keep it or sell it.
     
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It's only bad in one area, but I guess the digitizer can partially fail.

    Oh, and they don't want to upgrade because they only use prepaid, and on tmobile. They're hardly into tech and only have the 2g because I gave it to them. So even getting a newer used out of contract iphone probably doesn't appeal to them.
     
  15. macrumors 68020

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    If his digi isn't working I doubt it's pristine. Plus I bet it would be hard to find an apple store that has Oi's to swap.
     
  16. macrumors member

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    I had the same problem and Apple replaced it for me. The genius at the time told me that specific part had a separate warranty that was extended, I don't remember how long but this was a little over 2 years ago. Just bring it in and give it a try.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    One point of clarification: the top of the screen responds to slides, but not presses. Weird.

    What I mean is that I can slide my finger across the top to flip to the second page of icons, but if I press an icon in the top row, it doesn't respond.

    Isn't that weird?
     

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