So, I was following the teardown guide to transplant an iPhone 3G into a replacement back-case. During the teardown I damaged the plastic shell around the number 3 ribbon cable connector on the logic board. Now the phone will only boot up with the #3 cable disconnected, which of course means the home button (and presumably the proxy sensor and the light sensor? I have not tested) do not work. With the cable connected the phone shows no signs of life whatsoever. It won't charge, or at least it does not give any indication that it charges, it isn't noted by any computer it's connected to, and the screen shows no signs of life - I can only imagine the damaged connector means something is shorting somewhere. here is a photo of the offending connector - if you view at actual size you can see where the plastic was sheared off the connector and the pins beneath slightly bent. Right now I figure my best hope is to try and maybe straighten the offending pins, or perhaps to remove complete, if they're pins I can do without - the light sensor, for example, wouldn't be missed. Any ideas?