Nexus 4 Screen Cracked - Digitizer not working

runtimDLL

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Hi guys

So the worst thing that couldv ever happened to me just did... dropped my nexus 4 ttoday, screen cracked, its locked and unusable.

few things:

is there anyone in Durban that fixes them?
where can i source a new screen from - that wont cost an arm and a leg

my LCD seems intact, is it recommended to just buy the digitizer instead as opposed to the LCD & Digitizer in 1?
the latter is far easier to install but 5 times the price.

Really need your help
thanks
Tauseef
 

ahoudet

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You can use USB OTG with a mouse if any data needs to be accessed
 

cfdman

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The digitizer on my Nexus 4 started acting up about 6 weeks ago. Did a bit of Googling and discovered that it's quite a wide-spread problem, and the only solution is to replace the hardware. However, glass/digitizer/LCD/frame assemblies are readily available from a number of vendors. I ordered one from LS Electronics (http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/1742...een_Assembly_Front_Frame_with_free_tools.html) for about R 800.00. There are instructions on YouTube for replacing the display assembly, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lkcg8g3i1s . Also search for and read other instructions, because some bits (like removing the battery) are more difficult than shown.

In theory, you can save yourself a big chunk of money by only replacing the glass and digitizer ... From what I've heard, it is difficult to get the old broken glass off cleanly without damaging the display, and just as difficult to get the new one cleanly laminated on. Buying the assembly with frame is not that expensive, and way easier. FWIW, the equivalent part for the Galaxy S4 is more than twice as expensive.

Basically, it's quite practical to do this repair yourself. One word of warning though, try to get faster shipping than Hong Kong mail, mine took more than 5 weeks to get here. I also ended up destroying the battery when I tried to remove it, so it was just as well that I had also ordered a new battery from another vendor.
 

ahoudet

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The digitizer on my Nexus 4 started acting up about 6 weeks ago. Did a bit of Googling and discovered that it's quite a wide-spread problem, and the only solution is to replace the hardware. However, glass/digitizer/LCD/frame assemblies are readily available from a number of vendors. I ordered one from LS Electronics (http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/1742...een_Assembly_Front_Frame_with_free_tools.html) for about R 800.00. There are instructions on YouTube for replacing the display assembly, such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lkcg8g3i1s . Also search for and read other instructions, because some bits (like removing the battery) are more difficult than shown.

In theory, you can save yourself a big chunk of money by only replacing the glass and digitizer ... From what I've heard, it is difficult to get the old broken glass off cleanly without damaging the display, and just as difficult to get the new one cleanly laminated on. Buying the assembly with frame is not that expensive, and way easier. FWIW, the equivalent part for the Galaxy S4 is more than twice as expensive.

Basically, it's quite practical to do this repair yourself. One word of warning though, try to get faster shipping than Hong Kong mail, mine took more than 5 weeks to get here. I also ended up destroying the battery when I tried to remove it, so it was just as well that I had also ordered a new battery from another vendor.
If you can get a full assembly for under R1k, it's worth it... Otherwise, I'd give the glass a go. Paid R300 for a phone I did
 
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