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Question: iPad Screen Light Up But Won't Turn On

My first generation iPad has had a problem where I plug it in, and the screen lights up (just gray, no Apple logo or battery symbol) but it won't turn on. It'll turn on and off every 15-20 seconds or so.

I have tried holding the lock button and home button together as well as loading it into recovery mode via iTunes and it will not respond at all.

What could be the problem here? The only things I can think of are that the LCD is damaged, the battery pack is bad, or the logic board is fried. Before I replace anything though I wanted to ask if anyone had any input.

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Nov 16, 2017 1:23 PM in response to BoostedV7098 In response to BoostedV7098

I would guess the screen or main memory board are fried.


WHen you say first gen do you mean the very first generation iPad? If so, well that device is 8 years old or so...I honestly would not waste money repairing it. The holiday sales are upon us and if it were mine I’d simply shop for a new model. After this time you have certainly gotten your money’s worth out of it.

Nov 16, 2017 1:23 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 4:09 PM in response to BoostedV7098 In response to BoostedV7098

There’s not a lot of DIY advice here, at least not in the taking your device apart category. You could try googling and see what. you come up with.


The hard part is that iPads aren’t really modular like laptops so it can be very tricky to replace pieces inside.

Nov 16, 2017 4:09 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 5:00 PM in response to Skydiver119 In response to Skydiver119

Yeah, I figured this forum is more for software assistance. I'l have to update my thread on another forum that got no response.

The iPads are easier to repair than iPhones, at least. The parts and screws are small, but not as small as a phone.

Thanks anyway!

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 PM

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