iPhone stuck on Apple logo; home button doesn't work

lambo

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How can I get my iPhone back to normal? I did the data erase, but now the phone only shows the Apple logo, with a frozen circle thing underneath it. iTunes doesn't recognize it. I can't put it into recovery mode either because conveniently the home button has been broken also.
 

raison

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What's wrong with the home button? Is it physically broken or it doesn't respond when you try to go to restore mode?
 

jav6454

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You can still put it in Recovery mode... wait no, nevermind, that was back in the ol' days.

Spinning Apple logo = missing file. If you restore you might end up with Error 8, or 9
 

kAoTiX

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If you feel confident enough to fix it yourself it's quite easy. As long as you can pry the glass from the frame you can get to the entire home button flex cable.
Then you can replace it with one off eBay or similar.

If it's not the actual home button flex it could be a problem with the dock connector as that's where the home button works from.
Failing that, find a local repair shop. It shouldn't cost too much to have it repaired.
 

lambo

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I'm able to open it up, and I have a spare home button flex cable; but I can't find a good detailed guide on how to replace it.

There's some guide on a blog that everyone references, but it sucks.

I already tried the method of soldering.

It didn't work.
 

kAoTiX

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I don't know of any guides that will show you how to do it.
I also don't understand what you would be soldering. The flex cable simply sits in place and the contacts meet when the phone is closed.

Basically if you separate the glass/digitizer from the mid frame you can get to the home button and flex cable.
Once you've done that, pull the rear of the flex cable off (glued on to the frame by the 2 pins)
You can then put the new cable on, put a bit of glue to hold it on then glue your glass/digitzer back onto the frame and you're done.

I'd recommend a proper adhesive sticker. they're like dirt cheap off eBay and will allow you to stick the digitizer back down properly without using some other liquid type glue.
 

lambo

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Have you done this before? And could you provide pictures. Thanks.
 

kAoTiX

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If I get chance later I will take some pics of the parts required to do this. I don't have a spare iPhone to hand to detach the digitizer from the frame but I have separate frames and home buttons.

Watch this space.
 

ness1210

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Dec 15, 2009
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i also have this problem. i reset my iphone 3g and now when it boots back up it gets stuck on the apple logo with the spinning wheel. i tried everything: DFU mode, recovery mode, letting the battery die. everything. any help would be appreciated.
 

-aggie-

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i also have this problem. i reset my iphone 3g and now when it boots back up it gets stuck on the apple logo with the spinning wheel. i tried everything: DFU mode, recovery mode, letting the battery die. everything. any help would be appreciated.
How did you do DFU mode, if your home button doesn't work?
 

-aggie-

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no my home button works perfectly.
You said you had the same problem. The OP doesn't have a working home button.

Anyway, try this, if you've tried eveything else (and really did DFU mode, see my sig for exactly how). First open iTunes and connect your USB cord to your computer, but do not plug it into your iPhone. Then press and hold the home button on your phone while connecting the USB cord into your iPhone, while continuing to hold down the home button. Then click restore in iTunes.
 

ness1210

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You said you had the same problem. The OP doesn't have a working home button.

Anyway, try this, if you've tried eveything else (and really did DFU mode, see my sig for exactly how). First open iTunes and connect your USB cord to your computer, but do not plug it into your iPhone. Then press and hold the home button on your phone while connecting the USB cord into your iPhone, while continuing to hold down the home button. Then click restore in iTunes.
it doesnt show up in itunes =|. and your Einstein quote in your sig is very relevant to my current problem.
 

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it doesnt show up in itunes =|
When you say you "reset" your phone, what do you mean? You didn't "erase all content and settings" did you? If you did, you need to restore in DFU mode, which sometimes won't work after the erase. Erase is pretty much what you do when you hand the phone back to Apple for a replacement.
 

lambo

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Jul 6, 2008
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If I get chance later I will take some pics of the parts required to do this. I don't have a spare iPhone to hand to detach the digitizer from the frame but I have separate frames and home buttons.

Watch this space.
Have you had a chance yet?
 
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