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Final Hope: How to fix Weak or No signal on your iPhone 3G

In Apple device on 29/04/2010 at 5:32 AM

Story:

My friend asked me to take a look at his faulty iPhone after he decided to change its cracked LCD screen by another one in eBay. The iPhone appears to function normally EXCEPT it rarely gets any signal. My friend tried any possible ways he could: restore, reset setting, jailbroken/unlock or even reconnect all the cables/connectors but nothing ! The phone sometimes can get 2 or 3 bars then immediately switch to “No service”. It is basically an iPod Touch with Wifi ๐Ÿ™‚ so we made a bet: If i can fix the problem, his sweet Honda CBR250RR will be mine for 2 weeks !

Warning:

I do this for fun so please consider my repair tips as entertainment only. Please follow your Apple repair guide to have your iPhone fixed. With others who are willing to ruin your iPhone, this is your chance ๐Ÿ™‚

What i did:

Based on all the scratches and bends on the iPhone’s surface, i must say that it had been brutally opened by my friend ๐Ÿ˜ฆ In the next 2 days, i ended up doing exactly as he did: Restore setting/network/phone but no luck at all. I even carefully dissemble the iPhone completely and reassemble again with the hope ofย  getting it right but no luck. I know that sometimes it can get a signal so it must be something wrong with the signal receiver hardware ! Keep that in mind, i tried my last search in google and found this thread in Modmyi.com. Spinningjc member pointed out the “copper tooth” in main-board which my friend damage ! Here is the image:

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And yet despite i tried to solder another copper piece into the missing position (i never solder before:(, the phone still displayed the damn thing “No signal” . Ok so now i know that something definitely missing from the main board due to my friend over-kill force. Continue digging in that Modmyi.com thread, i found a link to mauron.net and find impressive “how to” from this bloke. Realizing that i had the same situation as his iPhone, i gave it my last shot and Sweet Zombie Jesus ! The phone gave me full 5 bars signal ! I immediately used the phone to call my friend to arrange for motorbike pick up. Up to now, his phone has worked flawlessly and i also enjoy his Honda :-). Below is the picture of what you need to solder (Remember to scratch the track to expose a copper color line):


Summary:

  • Please check to make sure if you do damage this main board area (Particularly when replace LCD screen)
  • The “copper tooth” does NOT contribute to signal receiver
  • Try to buy a small tip solder to make the work easier
  • All credits and pictures go to Modmyi.com, Mauron.net and especially the guy who found the solution for my friend problem. And if you can resurrect your iPhone using this guide, please leave comment so other people will be benefit ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Long live Google ๐Ÿ™‚

Update:

  • Seems the solder joint has been activated Wifi the whole time. Even when i tried to turn it off, the device can still connect to the internet
  • (Sorry folks, it did because i still connected to 3G)
  • The device works flawlessly now ๐Ÿ™‚
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