White Screen

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eespinosa, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    A friend of a friend is selling an iPhone 32GB 3GS for $75. It turns on, but the screen is white. He says he doesn't know how to fix it and wants a new phone anyway. He says it's never been exposed to water. I'm not sure what water damage in an iPhone looks like. I saw online how a reset can probably revive a white screen on an iPhone. Is it worth taking a chance for $75? Is water damage a possibility?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Has your friend ever dropped his iphone 3GS before? My sister dropped her iPhone 3G once and the screen turned all white and nothing worked, she was able to connect to itunes and back up but was just white screen. Fortunately we got it replaced without any cost. So you might ask your friend if it was ever dropped.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it fell, there isn't any evidence of that. It barely has any blemishes.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    When my sister dropped her phone that caused the white screen there was no evidence for it either as there was no marking or blemishes (She had a case on tho so may that is why it didn't leave a mark).

    Anyways check the headphone jack and the dock connector to see if it's pink. If it is then water or moister may have tripped the sensor.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Perfect. That's what I had been looking for online. A way to see if there is water damage. Thanks. I might take the chance if I don't see any pink around the headphone jack and/or dock connector.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Occasionally, screen can go white and a simple tap on power off and then on again solves the problem (or a reset with 10 seconds POWER + HOME).

    For what I've read, almost certainly there's always an hardware issue in the LCD or the main board connectors / ribbons.

    But I'm also hoping to solve my 3GS' occasional white screen without replacing LCD.
     

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