Opening the device to fix loose volume key? Risks? Warranty repercussions?
Sooo, since I was unhappy about my loose & noisy volume key, I tried opening the device to see if the volume key could be modded and discovered that after I had removed the screws on the back panel and pried the back casing apart from the screen/bezel, I had caused a small round plastic knob-shaped piece to snap off. The knob (simply looks like a ~5mm circle when you remove the battery cover) is located directly to the right of the SIM card and to the left of a screw. It is also directly above the upper right-hand corner of the battery.
Underneath this knob was a tiny round copper piece from the main board. After failing to come up with a solution for the volume key, I snapped everything back on, screwed it back together and was able to jam the round knob back into place.
Is this a trigger for TMobile to know that the device has been opened? This might be a silly question, but does opening the device void the warranty? I mean, computer HDDs, for example, usually have seals over screws accompanied by warnings that you'll void the warranty if the seal is broken, but the phone had no such seals or warnings (except for the piece that snapped off).
Note, the phone works perfectly after getting it back together and there are almost no signs of tampering.
Any experience opening up the device? Does that knob serve a purpose? What was the round copper piece underneath the knob? Did I void my warranty? Can anyone fix the annoying loose volume key??
Rookie modder (now going into retirement).