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Old 09-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #31
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Well, I got 'er done. Seems to work okay. Should have bought the plastic strip and the foam strip too, but managed to re-use the old ones. Got some weight smushing the adhesive down, will upload pics of the process in a bit.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #32
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Once a guy got efficient with heating the glue the process could really speed up. Do they use heat guns at the kiosks?
Didn't hang around long enough. I was on a mission, go in, get stuff, leave. Only noticed it as part of the paying attention to your surroundings.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:22 PM   #33
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So here's the kit and the broken Ipad. It came with the glass (digitizer), adhesive, and a pack of tools. Tools actually are pretty solid and came in handy, although I did almost all of the removal work with a putty knife.



Got the whole kit and caboodle from Amazon for $32.00 shipped. Here's the seller: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This kit did NOT come with the plastic rim piece or the foam gasket, and I would have used them if it did. I managed to re-use the plastic rim piece even though it broke while taking it out. I think with some practice you could leave the plastic in place and just pop the glass out, but I'm hoping I don't have to find that out.

New digitizer.



Read through the destructions, and watched this vid a time or two...



Bit by bit, working the glass up with the blow dryer. The heat definitely makes a huge difference. The directions said several times to WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, and I'm glad I did- several times bits of glass shattered and shot me in the face.







Woot!



Removed the 4 screws and tipped up the screen.



If you look close at the bottom left hand corner, you can see the cables that need to be unplugged. Watch the video closely, it explains very well how to get them unhooked.

All out!



Time for cleanup. Spent most of my time getting bits of old adhesive and glass slivers out of the body. Took forever. Blew it out with air, picked some more, blew it out again, wiped the screen down, repeat about 50 times.

Re-assembly wasn't to bad. Hook up the digitizer, then hook up the screen.



Flip the screen over and screw it down. Apply adhesive to the back of the glass.



Did a test fit, and like Mr. Bob said, the goofy cable is pretty hard to get to lay down in it's little slot. Finally got it to fit right, so I peeled off the adhesive backs and stuck it down.

Sweet!



It works! Have it sitting under some weights overnight to make sure the sticky stuff sticks. We'll see how well it worked in the morning. $32 bucks and a couple hours of labor is a heck of a lot better than $250!!!
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:22 AM   #34
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The heat definitely makes a huge difference. The directions said several times to WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, and I'm glad I did- several times bits of glass shattered and shot me in the face.

Sweet!

Welcome to the brotherhood of successful iPad screen replacement specialists.
In my case, I put duct tape over the cracks in the screen to reduce the glass flying around. Just keep it far enough from edges so the heat gun doesn't make the tape a gooey mess.
I've been wanting to get more comfortable with making my own computer repairs and this was a good project for that.
Last year my laptop died and I completely disassembled it to see how things went together. I was able to remove the hard drive and recover all my data. It really wasn't that hard.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:54 AM   #35
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Welcome to the brotherhood of successful iPad screen replacement specialists.
In my case, I put duct tape over the cracks in the screen to reduce the glass flying around. Just keep it far enough from edges so the heat gun doesn't make the tape a gooey mess.
I've been wanting to get more comfortable with making my own computer repairs and this was a good project for that.
Last year my laptop died and I completely disassembled it to see how things went together. I was able to remove the hard drive and recover all my data. It really wasn't that hard.
Damn, you've discovered the secret.

Modular assembly means easy repair replacing just the broke part.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:03 AM   #36
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Damn, you've discovered the secret.

Modular assembly means easy repair replacing just the broke part.
Somewhere a witch doctor is sticking pins in my effigy.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:06 AM   #37
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I did mine a while ago with a $32 kit off of eBay.
I used about a dozen cheap HF spring clips to squeeze it together.
It took 3-4 hrs, sucked, but the feeling of accomplishment and the fact that it worked correctly made me feel great.
My teen wasn't impressed.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:20 PM   #38
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Alright, question for y'all who have replaced a digitizer... Few months on and we are having some issues. The cord for the digitizer apparently didn't get in the right spot and lifted the corner of the glass up after a few days. It stayed like that for a while but eventually it started not to "read" touches and got to the point where it would sometimes freak out- like 5 2-year-olds were pushing every button on the screen when in reality NOTHING was touching the screen. Bought a new gasket and stickers, took it apart again, and tried to get the cable tucked down better. Seemed to be fine for a while, but its already starting to self register touches again. Seems to be mostly in one specific section, and rotating the screen sort of cures it for a while.

Any suggestions? Hardware issue? Digitizer gone bad from being sort of twisted?
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:25 AM   #39
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When you took it apart did you check the connection for the digitizer under the lcd? I would start there, could be loose. Did you make sure to push the clips back down?

I would pull the cable out and reseat it.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #40
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Well, the deed is done. It wasn't a very enjoyable task but everything is working as it should and its nice to use an intact screen as well as save a bunch of money.
I used the HF dental tools previously recommended and my heat gun, as well as my teensy phillips screwdriver.
Reviewing several Youtube videos on the screen replacement made a huge difference. Only one of them mentioned positioning the screen bus cable so it tucks out of the way, but this shouldn't be overlooked.
The replacement screen that I bought on eBay for less than 50.00 bucks came with the adhesive, home button, and camera bracket pre-installed. It came from LCDcycle in Huntsville, AL - highly recommended.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271238474509...84.m1423.l2649
Thanks to everyone who replied.
So, after living with my replacement screen for a few months I noticed that the screen adhesive is beginning to fail and dust has gotten behind it, in spite of the protective case. The iPad has been exposed to wide temperature changes as it accompanies me on my travels, but still.
I'll try heating the edges of the screen with a hair dryer but I'm not pleased.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #41
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After breaking 2 screens, I broke down and spent the $ on a life proof case. Good investment.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:41 PM   #42
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Alright, question for y'all who have replaced a digitizer... Few months on and we are having some issues. The cord for the digitizer apparently didn't get in the right spot and lifted the corner of the glass up after a few days. It stayed like that for a while but eventually it started not to "read" touches and got to the point where it would sometimes freak out- like 5 2-year-olds were pushing every button on the screen when in reality NOTHING was touching the screen. Bought a new gasket and stickers, took it apart again, and tried to get the cable tucked down better. Seemed to be fine for a while, but its already starting to self register touches again. Seems to be mostly in one specific section, and rotating the screen sort of cures it for a while.

Any suggestions? Hardware issue? Digitizer gone bad from being sort of twisted?
Could be a loose cable connection, could be a bad digitizer. If reseating the ribbon cable (i.e. completely removing it from it's socket and then re-attaching it, making sure it's properly aligned and fully locked) doesn't resolve the problem, you have to replace the assembly.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #43
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So, after living with my replacement screen for a few months I noticed that the screen adhesive is beginning to fail and dust has gotten behind it, in spite of the protective case. The iPad has been exposed to wide temperature changes as it accompanies me on my travels, but still.
I'll try heating the edges of the screen with a hair dryer but I'm not pleased.
Sucks. You can use 3M double-sided foam tape to stick the glass down. We couldn't get tape in quite the right thickness, so the screens were lifted a small bit higher after repairs using it, but it wasn't a problem for usability or durability.

It's an option if you're just looking for a quality adhesive solution.
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I don't even have an igadget.

That said, if adhesive tape is an issue, 3M makes a thin-as-scotch-tape double sided tape that is made for adhering shrink-to-fit plastic sheeting to windows. Pretty solid stuff and wouldn't add but a few hundredths of thickness. Would such a tape solve the delamination issues y'all are experiencing? It can be found in the weatherstrip section of any Ace Hardware...

If it needs to be a foam tape, 3M also makes automotive accessory adhesive tape (used to fasten trim pieces to car bodies). Might be 1/16" thick by 1/2" wide and is STRONG. Find it at an auto parts store...
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I don't even have an igadget.

That said, if adhesive tape is an issue, 3M makes a thin-as-scotch-tape double sided tape that is made for adhering shrink-to-fit plastic sheeting to windows. Pretty solid stuff and wouldn't add but a few hundredths of thickness. Would such a tape solve the delamination issues y'all are experiencing? It can be found in the weatherstrip section of any Ace Hardware...

If it needs to be a foam tape, 3M also makes automotive accessory adhesive tape (used to fasten trim pieces to car bodies). Might be 1/16" thick by 1/2" wide and is STRONG. Find it at an auto parts store...
I have the double-sided foam tape and it is a little thick. I'll take a look at the thinner stuff. Sneaking it behind the screen might be challenging.
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