Teared screen cable, does the rumble motor work without a display?
The title is a bit open ended. I attempted to open my iPhone SE and to my rotten luck my hand slipped and the display turned black. At first sight everything seemed mostly fine, the metal shield atop of the touch id connector snapped open but the cable itself didn’t tear, just released / got disconnected. I toggled the ringer mode to silent and back a few times. and the rumble motor brought a smile to my face as the phone was still alive. Yes, I started the disassembly with the phone still on. I fumbled with the phone a bit, disconnect the display assembly only to realize that I probably goofed again because I hadn’t unplugged the battery from the mainboard. I have to admit I’m a bit hazy on the exact ordering of the ribbons connected and disconnected. But while visually inspecting and trying to figure out if the display assembly is truly bonkered and how to proceed, I realized that I probably messed things up further because when I connected the three display cables and battery, the phones motor would no longer offer any feedback. My check consisted of plugging in the phone to a pc, pressing the power button, waiting 15-30sec, and toggling the toggle.
I disassembled the display assembly. It looks like the middle ribbon has a clean tear. So clean, in fact, that you could think you can just plug it back in (sadly that doesn’t work).
So before I resume my gun-ho adventure and order an lcd from ali express, I wanted to ask whether no rumble motor with or without a plugging battery and a plugged in power cable is a sign of more serious damage than just a torn display cable. And if so, what would be the next steps to diagnose.
Thanks for the tips. Hope to learn something from my stupidity.