iPhone 4S alcohol damage. Replaced screen, still doesn't work.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ma9z, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. ma9z macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
    Hi! My iPhone 4S speakers weren't working. The volume bar wouldn't show up. And you couldn't raise or lower volume, so I read online you can take rubbing alcohol on the bottom connector port and headphone jack. I used a bit of rolled up paper to rub it.

    It didn't work to fix my speakers, and everything was going fine, up until about 10 minutes later, the screen started turning blue, and eventually faded into a bunch of blue and sometimes red vertical lines.

    Everything else was in order, and, ironically, the speakers now worked. The sounds and texting and everything still works, the screen just wont show up. It even works to swipe and select things, you just can't see what you're doing.

    I ordered a new screen and installed it (I've done it 4 times before, once to my phone, and 3 other times to friends phones)

    After installation, I booted it up and it still won't work. The screen is just black. Doesn't work to swipe or select anything, although it does still turn on and I can use Siri by using the home button.

    It's a brand new screen. Did I do something wrong? What can I do?

    Help please! I'm desperate, been without a phone for almost a week!
  2. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    This might sound like a dumb question, but did you happen to get insurance for it from whatever carrier you're using? I know AT&T sells it and allows(I think) up to four replacements over the course of your contract.
  3. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    The most common type of rubbing alcohol, 70%, still is 30% water.
  4. ma9z thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
    No insurance, unfortunately.


    So is it fried? Is the damage from the water or the alcohol or both?
  5. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    1) The original screen had something on it.

    2) The new one is just black?

    3) If that is so I would go back in, look at the cable and reseat it to insure it is OK.

    From the screen providers I have bought from they pretty much say if #1 and #2 are true, then try #3
  6. ma9z thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
    Thank you! I have tried re-connecting it... Still a no-go... That's why I thought it was weird that it didn't work.

    Old screen had blue lines, this one: nothing.
  7. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Just for laughs - not really

    Have you retried the old screen and if so does it still have the blue lines?

    If so I would think the new screen would have them if it was not the screen.

    What are the chances the new screen is a dud ???

    Putting the old screen back in and seeing the blue lines again would cause me to think you got a bad new screen.
  8. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Take it in for an OOW replacement and get a "new" phone.

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