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Apple's 2012 first-generation 7.9-inch iPad mini, with 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage and an A5 processor.

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iPad mini LCD display not working properly after digitizer replacement

The other day I cracked the screen to my iPad mini 1st gen. I tried to replace the digitizer myself and when I finally finished installing it and booted up my iPad, the lcd had lines all over and it looked horrible. The display does not update immediately together, there is a section on the top of the screen that updates right away, and the section on the right updates slowly and lags behind, sometimes freezing and then popping into place.

I'm not sure if the lcd is straight up broken because there are no dead pixels and they all update eventually. I'm fairly certain that the problem here is that the lcd connection isn't seated properly because last night I opened the iPad again and unplugged and plugged in the digitizer and lcd connectors. After doing this the display worked just fine again and the picture was as clear as it could be. I tested it out for a few minutes to see if it would continue to work properly. After a few minutes of working, the screen went back to what it was doing before.

Here is a video on youtube of what it is doing.


Here are some pictures as well on imgur.


How can I make sure that the connections stay seated properly? I've seen this kind of fix for the iPad 2 using electrical tape to put more pressure on the connector, but nothing with this kind of iPad. I'd hate to have this totally reassembled and have the lcd stop working, especially since I want to take this on vacation with me next month and I'd love to be able to face time my dad, who will be taking care of my daughter while I'm away.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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There is a bracket that holds the LCD connector (see step 51-52 of this guide) in place so you shouldn't need any additional tape.

I would also look at the condition of the flex cables. You may have pinched the LCD flex which could cause intermittent issues.

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I will check for that when i open it up again. I'm ordering a new digitizer since the home button on this one is warped and i feels bad to use.

Could you please tell me what i should be looking for to find out if ive pinched the lcd flex?

If i have pinched it what can i do for it?

Does the whole lcd need to be replaced?


The LCD flex should not have a fold-type of bend to it. Doing so can damage the very delicate copper traces inside, causing problems. Indeed, if the LCD flex is damaged, the LCD has to be replaced.

However, start by replacing the digitizer first, double check all the steps in the repair guide.


Alright then. I'll be double sure to check that. When i open the ipad again, if the flex does not have a fold in it, do you know what i should do then?


I have the close to the same problem my display has turn to black and white anad vertical stripe about one inch that is almost pure black. The whole screen looks like an old black and white TV while you adjusted the rabbit ears


Ok, so I was waiting on my new digitizer to arrive, but my iPad LCD suddenly started working again like new. I have no idea what caused this but I'm happy it's working again. The problem now is, I have a brand new digitizer on the way still, and I really do want to replace it because the home button feels bad. This is a little bit different than when it worked for a short time before too because this is actually staying fixed.

As of right now it is functioning properly. Should I still replace the LCD to make sure that it will not fail in the future? Or should I just leave it alone? Plus I would really like to get my money back on the digitizer and have a nice smooth home button again.

Can I have your opinion please?


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@hungryfish ,Aaron , If you are thinking it could be the LCD connection, disconnect the connection clean it with a Qtip dampened with 90%+ Isopropyl Alcohol(both connection points) and make sure none of the connector pins are bent, if bent very carefully straighten with tooth pick. Reconnect LCD to board, place a piece of electrical tape over connection to help hold connection in place, then shave down a piece of foam rubber/ wider elastic band/or something similar(not too thick) to put on top of taped connection, so when case/back reattached pressure will be kept on connection keeping it tight(again not too thick as you do not want to cause damage). Good luck. I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

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