iPhone 3GS Logic Board- Repair or Not?

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  1. alexbates macrumors 65816

    alexbates

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    A few Advanced iPhone hardware-related questions...

    I purchased an iPhone 3GS 32GB from a friend, and am looking to get the logic board booting or repaired. The logic board is not water damaged, and looks like it has a decent chance of survival. The main problem this board has is physical damage. The metal frame surrounding the major components has been somewhat warped (I removed some of it), the Toshiba flash chip has been slightly bent, and the Skyworks power amp has been cracked.

    The Toshiba chip looks like it has a chance, because the bend/scratch is only noticeable looking at a certain angle. The Skyworks chip looks completely dead, as it can be seen extruding from the other side of the logic board. I did a little research on the Skyworks chip, and it looks like it controls 3G signals. Can a logic board boot up without this chip working?

    No clue how all of this happened, but I'm guessing that a severe amount of pressure was put on the upper LCD half of the phone, and was touching the logic board. I have no way to test this board, because the dock ribbon cable was ripped when I bought it. Would it be worth spending $10 for a new dock ribbon/port or does the board look completely damaged to the point it should be thrown away?

    Thanks in advance! :)

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  2. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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  3. alexbates thread starter macrumors 65816

    alexbates

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    Thanks for the reply :) Is this worth anything? It is the most expensive/advanced logic board Apple has ever sold in an iPhone... so just wondering if anyone with the right equipment would buy it and possibly fix it.
     
  4. chargit macrumors 6502a

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    I would put it back together as good as possible and send it back to apple and see if they will do an out of warranty replacement for the $199
     
  5. antxmage macrumors newbie

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    main board

    If one were to buy a mainboard and put it themselves, how much can i get it for and from whom? Any success with your warped mainboard?
     

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