Water Damage...almost fixed but need some help

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by jburnham, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. jburnham macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    So last night my 1 year old decided to see how my iphone would hold up to a toilet dunking...thank goodness for children. I was able to take it apart and dry it out. I blow dried it this morning and everything seemed alright. I reassembled everything and thought that I was a champ when everything worked; screen, accereometer, speakerphone, radio...etc). The screen looked a little funky and so I thought that I would be a superchamp and see if I could take it down and clean it up. I took it apart again only to find I would likely have to buy a new LCD if I wanted it to look good as new (which I went on ebay and did). However, when I put it back together I found the following NOT working:

    1. Vibration function.
    2. Earpiece. I can talk and be heard but can't hear what everyone else is saying. The speakerphone works fine.

    I've looked at schematics but can't seem to figure out if these 2 problems are related and how I might be able to fix them.

    Anyone have any experience here? I seem to have read something about the #3 connector needing to be replaced but the schematic (http://www.gsmindia.in/forum/showthread.php?t=31982) that this is for a proximity sensor.

  2. gacxx macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2007
  3. msjones macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2007
    Nottinghamshire, UK
  4. davew22 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2009
    the ribbon cable that goes to connector 3 does ear piece audio, ambient light sensor and infra red emitter / receiver. It's quiet common for the end of the ribbon to suffer corrosion (even without a dunking) resulting in loss of one or more of the above mentioned. Have a look on ebay and search for "iPhone light flex" they are quiet common and very cheap. Take a close look at the end of the ribbon on the one you have, preferably with some high magnification, I actually repaired the of the one I have with silver conductive paint while I waited for a replacement to arrive, I did use a X40 microscope though and it wasn't easy !!



    P.S Make sure you give the connector a good clean out with soft brush and some IPA (isopropranol alcohol)

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