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  1. Goots added a post in a topic We're giving away a RaspberryPi!   

    Using a Samsung GT-I9000 with Ficeto's 2.3.6 Custom Base ROM and Semaphore Kernel.

    Random Fact: 88.2% of statistics are made up on the spot.
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  2. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Well thank you for the thank you :)
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  3. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    The best way I found was to use a couple of screen protectors. Stick one on and smooth it out, then pull it off. Do the same again.

    Yes, it means you waste a couple of SP's (they are very cheap on ebay) but they're great at lifting dust particles off the inside of the screen.

    I also use this method for applying an SP to the touchscreen. A bit of wastage, but worth it in the long run imho :)
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  4. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    If the OLED screen was cracked I think there would be a large area of it that would be black, or have a matrix of white lines across it, emanating from the cracked area.

    I saw one that was cracked and while you could see part of the screen, most of it looked like it had a mixture of horizontal and vertical white lines all over it.

    If I was a gambling man, from what you say, I'd wager that his OLED is fine, and just the digitizer is cracked :)
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  5. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Yep, you need to be really careful. If you start at the bottom of the phone, the two halves separate just enough for you to see if there is anything in the way. Don't push the screwdriver in too far otherwise you might be unlucky enough to catch a ribbon cable or something, as ojconcentrate did :(

    It might even be worth using a thick guitar plectrum or something rather than a screwdriver.

    If I remember originally though, I only had to start the split using a screwdriver, once I had the two pieces separated enough, I managed to prise them apart using my fingernails.

    Additionally, you don't actually remove the display itself using this method, just the clear digitizer that covers it.
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  6. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Just to clear up any confusion guys, the digitizer bit that I replaced has nothing to do with the actual display screen of the phone.

    The display screen is the thing that actually displays graphics, text, photos, etc..

    The digitizer screen is the clear bit that sits on top of the display screen, the bit that you actually touch with your finger.

    They do look like one and the same piece when the phone is assembled, but they are actually two completely separate parts.

    If your display screen has failed for whatever reason, changing the digitizer screen won't fix it.
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  7. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    As far as I know, the only electrical connection between the digitizer and the motherboard is the fine ribbon cable. This looks very fragile even though it is quite flexible.
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  8. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Wow this thread is still alive ?

    Sorry guys for not replying, it wasn't notifying me of replies for some reason, I wasn't being intentionally ignorant!

    I can't believe the price of these things now! Mine was £19.99 with free p&p to the UK from eBay.

    I don't know if the oled screen itself is replaceable I'm afraid, replacing the digitizer was about the limit of my technical ability.

    I do know there is a new handset on the way called the "Orange Monte Carlo" which is a direct replacement for the San Fran, so we might see a few of these great little handsets going cheap on eBay soon :)
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  9. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    I would imagine it will be fine but I can't say for definite.

    The bit we are replacing here is the digitizer which is just a thin film of glass that sits over the top of the actual display. I'm 99% sure you will be fine, if not, just re-sell the part :D

    Note this repair will only work if the glass is damaged. If the actual tft/oled bit is also damaged then this won't fix it.
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  10. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Thanks StevenHarperUK for providing the link. It seems they are selling well so he's put the price up - cheeky!

    The chrome bits are attached to the internal back piece if I remember correctly, the bit you remove to get to the motherboard.
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  11. Goots added a post in a topic [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)   

    Yeah this was originally an Orange SanFran which was quickly unlocked and Seb404'd. I'd imagine the proper Blade fascias are available, but you'll have to look on ebay :D
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  12. Goots added a topic in ZTE Blade / Libra -   

    [HOWTO]Change the digitizer screen (ZTE Blade)
    Replacement screens are now available on ebay (thanks to MoDaCo user Ashenfall for alerting me :D ) so I thought I'd take some pics as I did the repair...

    The phone had been accidentally slammed in a car door by a regretful daughter... this is what came from ebay, £19.99 with free delivery.

    Before you start, just for information - this is the bit which links the digitizer screen to the motherboard...

    Take the back off and remove the battery, sim card and external SDCard, then remove these 8 screws (posidrive, gauge 00). One screw is covered by a small White sticker, presumably for warranty purposes.

    Now the rear cover will lift off. You might need to carefully prise it off to begin with because it is held in by the shape of the plastic cover. Use a flat bladed precision screwdriver to carefully prise the two parts apart, starting from the bottom. Once it has started to separate, it comes apart quite easily. Be careful not to lose the volume up/down button piece at this point because it is only held in with a bit of thin plastic. If it drops out, you can put it back in at the rebuild stage, but make sure the plastic strip lines up with its guide slots. You'll know what I mean when you see it. Anyhow, it looks like this now...

    This next bit is slightly tricky, but not that bad. There is a tiny connector which keeps the ribbon cable from the digitizer connected to the motherboard, and it has a tiny little flap which you need to lift up before the cable can be pulled out of the connector. I have tried to capture it in this image (the little Brown bit is the flap shown in it's lifted position). You will need a small flat precision screwdriver to prise it open...

    ...this next image just shows the motherboard completely detached from the digitizer screen. At this point you should remove the front button piece from the old fascia (Home/Menu/Back button thingy).

    Refitting is the exact reverse of the above steps. It's a bit tricky getting the ribbon cable back into the clip connector but be patient and you will do it. Make sure the flap is snapped back down tight after you have pushed the ribbon cable home. When you put the motherboard into it's new shell, make sure the front button piece is lined up with the hole in the fascia, and make sure the volume button is also lined up. After rebuilding, here is the finished article with a highly embarrassing wallpaper of the original culprit (this is her punishment for breaking it in the first place)...

    I hope those are of use to someone :D

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