3GS turns on only when powered by cableI have a 3GS restored after mechanical damage, it appears to be functional but one problem persists: I can't turn it on...
Answer to "Backlite is gone, not display issue"Since you know which pins to short, you probably have the schematics, so here are the basics: the backlight circuit in 3GS consists of a power inductor, a transistor driven by the power controller chip, and a small filter inductor. The first two form a DC-DC converter which rises battery voltage to a level sufficient to power backlight (don't have an oscilloscope right now to tell you the exact value), shorting the coil is not a really good idea, the converter simply won't work. The coil usually dies first, but if you're adamant it's OK, you can also try replacing the transistor (on the right to the coil on your pic, marked with yellow "2"), it's FDFMA3N109 by Fairchild Semiconductor, a diode and an N-FET in a single case. They're still in production, you should be lucky. Please be advised: it has 2 additional pads on its "belly", so soldering's gonna be fun if you never tried that before.