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I got a 3GS running 4.2.1 It will not charge It only charges after it's completely dead Also I looked inside there are only 3 screws holding the mother board
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    Default iPhone won't charge
    I got a 3GS running 4.2.1
    It will not charge
    It only charges after it's completely dead
    Also I looked inside there are only 3 screws holding the mother board
    I tried a million USB chargers but they just won't charge properly
    The phone doesn't even recognize any of them

    When I plug it in it just turns on but doesn't charge

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    You tried wall chargers too?

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    Yeah alot

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    Same on a fresh restore?

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    Just restored couple times.. Really hard when batt always dead

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    If it does not charge it's one of two things.

    It's a bad charge port, which is a pretty easy fix (if you know how to take the iPhone apart)

    or

    You have a bad connector on the mainboard from maybe water damage or something else. Which... cannot be fixed.


    It's probably the charger port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
    If it does not charge it's one of two things.

    It's a bad charge port, which is a pretty easy fix (if you know how to take the iPhone apart)

    or

    You have a bad connector on the mainboard from maybe water damage or something else. Which... cannot be fixed.


    It's probably the charger port.
    There are only 3 screws attached to the mother board!

    The idiot who I bought it from lost the other 4..

    Also I left it over night plugged in and it's almost completely charged.. Tho it doesn't say that it's charging

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    This happened to me on a 3G. It was working fine until I took out the motherboard to fix the sleep button. After reasambeling (with all the screws) it does what u describe, doesn't say that is charging but if you leave overnight it shows up charged the next day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrdabbas View Post
    There are only 3 screws attached to the mother board!

    The idiot who I bought it from lost the other 4..

    Also I left it over night plugged in and it's almost completely charged.. Tho it doesn't say that it's charging
    Interesting.. lol

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    Is this 3gs iPhone a new bootrom? I believe new bootrom 3gs have battery compatibility issues. If so, next time you lift the logic board check to see if battery is Original with correct Apple Part Number APN for new bootrom 3gs.

    Good luck,

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by 805 93003 View Post
    Is this 3gs iPhone a new bootrom? I believe new bootrom 3gs have battery compatibility issues. If so, next time you lift the logic board check to see if battery is Original with correct Apple Part Number APN for new bootrom 3gs.

    Good luck,

    Brad
    Yes it is the new bootrom.. The battery looks like it's original but how could you tell?
    And can that cause the problem?

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    Found this information on the web:

    Newer iPhone 3gs may have a problem with (iTune restore Error 29) and (incorrect battery percentage reading) when using older battery Apple part number (APN) 616-0428 or 616-0431. This is due to the small circuit board on the battery connector being incompatible. This battery circuit board is removable, replaceable with desolding.

    Newer iPhone 3gs seem to work with Apple part number (APN) 616-0433, 616-0434, or 616-0435 battery.

    You say you "restored couple of times" did you get Error 29. You didn't mention it, so I doubt you have this problem.

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by 805 93003 View Post
    Found this information on the web:

    Newer iPhone 3gs may have a problem with (iTune restore Error 29) and (incorrect battery percentage reading) when using older battery Apple part number (APN) 616-0428 or 616-0431. This is due to the small circuit board on the battery connector being incompatible. This battery circuit board is removable, replaceable with desolding.

    Newer iPhone 3gs seem to work with Apple part number (APN) 616-0433, 616-0434, or 616-0435 battery.

    You say you "restored couple of times" did you get Error 29. You didn't mention it, so I doubt you have this problem.

    Brad
    I only got error 1015 and that was due to the wrong baseband..restored good with custom firmware

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    Quote Originally Posted by iRepairIndy View Post
    If it does not charge it's one of two things.

    It's a bad charge port, which is a pretty easy fix (if you know how to take the iPhone apart)

    or

    You have a bad connector on the mainboard from maybe water damage or something else. Which... cannot be fixed.


    It's probably the charger port.
    How would one go about fixing said "bad charge port"? Thanks

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