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Cracking open the LG C1300 flip phone

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timeforleisure
timeforleisure

If you want to spread the phone apart the correct way, that is, remove the hinged pieces, use a very stiff straight-blade screwdriver and insert it into the side of the hinge that is opposite the printed circuit ribbon end of the hinge(we are speaking here of the central one-piece hinge, not the outer 'ears!). The next point is what will make-or-BREAK your attempt to successfully open the LG case containing the screen on the other LG phones! Use your screwdriver to push from the open end of the hinge OPPOSITE the pc ribbon, and direct your effort HARD along the longitudinal axis of the hinge, that is, the LONG axis. The spring that holds the pin engaged is VERY STIFF! You have to overcome this tension, and when you do, the inner hinge will separate from the outer 'ears' of the hinge on the other cover (the one holding the keyboard/major printed circuit) with a slight pressure as if you were trying to break a pencil that you hold in your two hands, and use your two thumbs as the fulcrums to snap the pencil). I have opened the LG VX6000 and VX8300-series phones using this method, and the spring tension was MUCH STIFFER on the VX8300! Please note that the spring pin 'barrel' is indexed with two flats on the sides that MUST BE ALIGNED CORRECTLY to allow the spring pin to be successfully re-inserted into the two case halves (the central hinge piece for the flip cover) as well as the 'ear' of the hinge that the spring-loaded pin rests in on the main body of the phone. If you do not index the spring pin correctly, the hinge will not allow you to insert the spring pin, and the phone hinge will not be able to be fully re-assembled. You DO NOT NEED any "special tool" other than a good stiff probe to push in the spring pin of the hinge. I used a 5/64" straight-blade jeweler's screwdriver which had a convenient swivel end that proved just right for pressing hard against the end of the spring pin with the palm of my hand on the swiveling end of the screwdriver, and if you don't have the minimum of a good set of phillips-and straight-blade jewelers' screwdrivers to do this delicate screw removal and replacement to prevent buggering up the screws, you don't have any business opening the case anyway! Another tip-Press Firmly on the screwdriver end with the phone case on a hard surface like a table when you are trying to loosen the case screws. If you make the common mistake of trying to hold the case in your one hand while trying to manipulate the phillips-screwdriver in your other hand, all you will accomplish is DESTROYING the phillips-screw "X" and make it impossible to remove the case halves without destroving the case! And, yes, the phone does work after being disassembled and re-assembled! Just make sure that on the later models especially (the ones that are mp3 players and cameras too) that you take care to route the delicate wires into the correct locations alongside the pc-boards and NOT in-between the case-halve seams as you snap the cases together. They should easily 'click' into a closed position with no gap along the mating case-halve seams, and if it doesn't easily snap shut it's probably because of a mis-routed wire that is preventing the successful re-assembly. Open it up, re-route any offending wires (sometimes you can see the impression made on the pvc-jacket of the offending wire by the case molding that was pressing on the wire). It doesn't take much effort to break these delicate wires, and you can break them internally from pressing too hard to try to 'force' a case back together-the wire will be broken inside the insulation, but the external insulation will be intact, not like a snipped wire in your favorite "mad-bomber" movie. Good luck!

Tonymckeehan
Tonymckeehan

First of all to disconnect the flex ribbon you have to melt solder the on the connector for it to come loose if you are replacing the lcd or ribbon or just want to seperate from board without dammage 2nd to seperate the hinge use a small screw flat head and push it in the spring loaded pin from underneath tje housing and it will pop out.. if you do it the way published you may damage and streach the plastic housing. other than that greay job.. OK Purpose what are the most repairs you would need on that or any phone? well i ill tell you you will need to repair or replace the charging port (connector) . the speakers. lcd or the flex ribbon and housing. So you did a great jod and could be a little more technical with brighter pics. I do this everyday so it is a snap for me to repair any phone on the market today..

kmadison
kmadison

Good job. But did you have to use your wife's panties as the backdrop to lay your phone on? Hey, I'm just kidding, but when I do my crack believe me, I will be prepared for stupid replies also.

BigOkie
BigOkie

I can take things apart, but putting them back together with no left over parts is the real skill. Then the ultimate test is whether it works when power is applied.

rob.cromar
rob.cromar

This one I would rather see reassembly!!

extremejm
extremejm

Not that seeing a perfectly good phone disassembled into multiple pieces isn't cool to look at but...

desecam
desecam

This is the way pretty most flip phones are assembled

ddmcp2000
ddmcp2000

I have to agree with the above poster who asked (something to the effect of) "and the purpose of this demonstration was...?" Additionally, silicon is a metallic element that is generally the substrate for semiconductors. I think you meant SILICONE, a generally rubbery, tough material used in electronics, and as water retardants, sealers, and sometimes as a damping material.

sepowellusa
sepowellusa

I look forward to seeing it put back together!

cpudoc
cpudoc

I would not call the LG C1300 a "good phone" as I have been saddled with one of these pieces of junk for two long years. I plan to take mine to the range next time I go, I will bring back pictures of the result.

ddeadfan00
ddeadfan00

now that you got it apart what are the difernt components inside for? Besids the obvius (speaker, mic, key pad.... I thought you're a techie. Any body can take a screwdriver and pry bar to it. I like the range idea we did that to a bowling ball it looks real cool inside.

jeanindievrystaat
jeanindievrystaat

Hard drives also work well at the range, gave one of my friends some closure when his media HDD fried. Keeps its as a perforated paperweight..

cpudoc
cpudoc

I take them apart and pull the magnets. Those are some POWERFUL magnets! If you are not careful, you can pinch skin and this is sometimes painful.