07/28/2011, 01:54 AM
Over the past few weeks my physical buttons started to fail. First it was the power button that would not "click" anymore. I did the folded paper trick, and it still wouldn't actually do anything even though it did have some action to the push. Then it was my volume rocker. The volume rocker happened on one of my Pre -, and it took me weeks to actually go into the store to have it repaired. Such is not the luxury on 2.x with voice-dialing. Apparently the phone was under the impression that a volume button was being held down, and therefore constantly it was trying to voice dial. This was especially annoying in my car that is bluetooth connected to my phone.
I don't know why my phone started going out all at once, but I figured that I'd bring it into a Sprint phone repair shop (not affiliated with Sprint, just repairs Sprint phones) and told them my issues. I told him my power button wasn't that big of a deal so long as the volume rocker would work properly, which is when he gave me the bad news. The board that the volume rocker is connected to also holds the camera, the flash, and all sorts of other things. I was pretty turned off, since this seemingly simple fix of changing out a button had become a major surgery/moneypit. I had all but pulled the trigger on a Nexus S, when I thought that maybe I should just open up my old Pre- to see what was involved.
I did the FrankenPre2 on Sprint swap, so I was very familiar with taking out the Comm Board, but had never ventured further than that. Armed with a t-5 screwdriver, a small flathead, and a small phillips I dove in. Past the comm board all there was to do was taking off the keyboard bezel, removing four screws and undoing two ribbon cables. My fear, though, was that I would get all the way into my new Pre2 just to find out that it wasn't pinned out the same, or that the connectors had changed. I'm not sure if it was bravery or just a sign of how irritated I was with pocket dialing people via voice dial that drove me to ripping it apart anyway, but I did. It went fairly smoothly, and as an added bonus (to me at least) I now have a Pre2 with a Sprint mirror, which I am very proud of.
Just wanted to let you guys know about my experience with my Pre2 (physically poor, software excellent in comparison to my Pre-) and to let you know that if any of this happens to you, it is possible to sacrifice your old Pre- sound/camera/keyboard/sliding mechanism over without a hitch. So far so good!