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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Maninder, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Maninder

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    Greetings fellow Incredible owners and enthusiasts.

    I apologize in advanced if there is already a relevant thread, I looked but found none.

    Here is my predicament: About a week ago, my Incredible's screen started flickering and inverting colors. I put up with it at first as it happened sporadically but not often. As the week went on the problem got worse and nearly every time I would use my phone the colors would be inverting to their negatives and the screen would flicker with random black boxes and strips appearing and disappearing.

    I contacted Verizon and they basically told me that I'm out of warranty, and I had an early upgrade available and to upgrade. This is crap because I've only had my phone for about a year and three months and I honestly am not interested in any of the phones Verizon has atm.

    So I figured I would take apart the phone and see if there was any hardware complications with the phone.

    I carefully took apart my phone following a Youtube tutorial. I'd post the link but the forum won't let me because of my non-existent post count. I lurk here but forum doesn't care -___

    After taking it apart, blowing out and wiping away tons of dust and crud that had accumulated on the inside of the shell, motherboard, digitizer, and LCD, I very carefully put it back together.

    Once back in one piece I booted the phone and to my horror the phone booted normally but no picture was being displayed!

    Now I honestly don't know what to do. I feel so empty without my phone for my daily use. Is this a common problem? Did I screw up on taking it apart? Has anyone replaced the digitizer and the AMOLED screen? Should I grind it out for about a month and then bite the bullet and buy a Galaxy Nexus? Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     

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    From what I hear the ribbon cable is easily torn/dislodged, (if it's torn) you may need to replace the screen at this point.

    There has been plenty of successful screen replacements, and is apparently semi simple.
     
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    That's what I figured too, any suggestions on places to buy it for cheap beyond the usual eBay/Amazon? Also, how am I supposed to judge whether its the screen or the digitizer as they both have ribbon cables that lead to the motherboard.
     
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    "Repairs universe" sells incredible parts.

    http://www.repairsuniverse.com/htc-droid-incredible-take-apart-repair-guide.html

    http://www.repairsuniverse.com/htc-incredible-droid-replacement-screens.html

    I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the two, I've been lucky enough not to break my screen yet.
     
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    Yikes ~$90 to repair. Time to upgrade I guess? Galaxy Nexus is supposed to release later in the month I believe.
     
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    So I've replaced the screen on my Dinc but the screen still flickers and inverts colors like crazy.

    Something wrong with my motherboard? :(
     
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    Hmmm, could be another hardware problem. I don't know much about how screen displays work.
     
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    That's what I'm thinking, I'm hoping someone on here would know or would be able to give some insight. Not sure what I should do, as I'm typing this the screen is borderline unusable because it keeps flickering and distorting to different colors, it's pretty bad.

    Please! Someone with any know how, help!
     
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    If the symptoms with the new LCD are identical to that of the old LCD, I'd say you have a bad motherboard or loose contacts on the connector. Unfortunately, motherboard parts are not user replaceable. You can try putting a very thin piece of tape on the back of the LCD cable and inserting it into the motherboard connector, this may put more pressure on the spring contacts.
     
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    There are a lot of people who moved onto other phones. I am sure if you post a thread about wanting to buy an Inc, you could probably get one from somebody very cheap. I'm with ya on no other phones are interesting enough to move onto.
     

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