I want the power!
September 27, 2012 8:53 AM Subscribe
My iPhone (3G)'s power/headphone/volume rocker assembly is on the fritz all of a sudden. How can I try to remedy this? (Either cheaply/locally in NYC or DIY).
posted by R a c h e l to Technology (3 answers total)
It just started this morning - I was using the power (sleep/wake) button a lot because I jailbroke/unlocked and managed to screw it up pretty bad at one point, so I probably restarted it 20+ times in the last few days and had no problems. Now, this morning, the power button and down volume buttons randomly stopped working, and the up volume rocker/headphone jack/lock switch are temperamental. Everything seems to work if I squeeze the top of the phone. I didn't drop it or anything, so it's not that (although I did drop it later in the day? It seems to have survived that one fine though and it's not like that drop changed this situation at all). The phone has belonged to a few different people, so I don't really know its history entirely but I don't think it has had this issue in the past.
I see resources like this
that suggest that cleaning dust etc. might help. Would removing the SIM and using compressed air in that slot make sense? Can you point to resources for a non-handy person to safely take apart and clean the iPhone? I'm not experienced with DIY stuff but I do enjoy it (and I'm not terribly attached to the phone, so if it dies I'll be disappointed but not crushed).