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Samsung Reclaim M560 - Disassemble. Replace Ribbon Cable.

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012

Samsung Reclaim M560 - Bad Ribbon Cable

Detailed Photo:
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc...

Tools needed:
precision phillips screwdriver #0
precision sloted screwdriver 1.4mm

Symptoms:
blank screen
screen discoloring when flipped open
intermittent screen outage
charging LED not working
earpiece not working

Basically the entire top half of the phone does not work, but you can still dial out using speaker phone. All other phone functions work provided that the navigation button still works -- if the ribbon cable isn't completely torn.

Ignore the packaging tape. I was going to use it to reinforce the new ribbon cable but it just caused more problems in the end. The new ribbon cable came with print on the location where the tear would most likely happen. This was probably done to reinforce that area against future tears.

The ribbon cable I purchased off Amazon for $6 (free shipping) from a US retailer. It arrived in 2 business days, from OK to CA, first class USPS. You can also find the ribbon cable for about the same price on ebay from Chinese retailers which I also ordered -- it arrived in about 10 working days from HK. The one from Amazon seems to be more sturdy.

http://www.amazon.com/Ribbon-Connecto...

My battery ran out when I was reassembling the phone so all you get is a disassembly vid.

As a side note... As soon as I got the screen working again, I backed up all my contacts via Bluetooth on a Ubuntu 10.04 virtual machine. I couldn't get my bluetooth to work on XP nor on Ubuntu 11.10.

Aug. 10, 2012

Just an update.

The cable I installed was beginning to show signs of damage. Half of the LCD was discoloring when the phone was slid up. I went ahead and replaced the ribbon with the extra one I bought off ebay (HK reseller), but this time I reenforced it with packaging tape covering the entire side of the outside facing bend. Hopefully this one will last a little longer. 10/9/2012 - ebay cable just went out.

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