1. dc984's Avatar
    Dear forum experts,

    I have a problem with my Samsung Galaxy S3 screen, but I'm not sure whether it's a screen or a digitizer problem. The reason that I'm asking is because I can get a screen replacement kit on Amazon for about $18 (excluding digitizer), whereas a full repair of the screen (presumably replacing a faulty digitzer as well, if any) costs $150.

    Problem/observations:
    - I am able to turn my phone on and my screen works normally
    - However, once the screen goes black (either because I press the power button or due to idling), the screen cannot be turned back on
    - The lights at the bottom of the phone and the charging light are working
    - I know that the phone is responding to me pressing the power button because the lights at the bottom turn on when I press it, it's just that the screen remains black
    - I can swipe to unlock and press icons (blindly), and there is sound, so I know that the screen is responding to my touch, but the screen remains black


    I have tried:
    - Removing the battery and pressing the power button for 1 minute to drain power
    - Factory reset

    Basically is my screen or digitizer broken?

    Thank you so much for all of your expert advice.

    Regards,
    dc
    03-09-2015 09:09 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. There may also be a motherboard issue as well, but I would try getting the screen replaced. I would ask around for any local repair shops and get an estimate. Sometimes swapping the screen can damage other components like ribbons and connector clips.

    From an AOSP M8
    dc984 likes this.
    03-09-2015 09:42 AM
  3. dc984's Avatar
    Thanks Golf.

    For some reason my phone repaired itself (?!). It's fully functional now. Thanks for your help anyway.
    03-09-2015 11:48 AM

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