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[MOD - HOW TO] FFC for the Vibrant - How to do it

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Default [MOD - HOW TO] FFC for the Vibrant - How to do it

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My original thread was getting cluttered, and XDA asked me to make some changes, so here is the new thread on HOW TO DO THE MOD.

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The US/T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S had it's FFC borked prior to manufacturing. This has left us an easy way to add it back in and open up the ability to explore video calling. From my experience thus far, their is poor support for software for FFC's in general, but this seems to be changing. As more of these cameras make it out to devs, expect to see more video calling and chatting apps to start appearing in the near future.

To accomplish this you need a few things:
  1. Open your phone - Remove the battery cover, sd card, sim card, battery. remove the 7 screws around the back plate, then use the iPod opener tool to snap the rear plate off.
  2. Unsnap the various buckles to release the motherboard.
  3. remove the speaker and original camera
  4. turn the main board clockwise for about an inch to allow some space to work
  5. locate the FFC molding. It is above where the original camera was located. You can dry fit the new camera in place to see where the FFC goes. This is the area that the paint needs to be removed from
  6. Use your remover of choice and some qtips to get that paint off of there
  7. Let things completely dry before putting back together. 10 - 30 minutes should be fine
  8. snap new camera in place, check your work.
  9. If it looks good, installation is reverse of removal.

Some ROMs (2.2 base) do not include the font camera driver. If you cannot get it to work, try copying the attached file (unzip first - should have .yuv extension) to /system/camera on your phone. (requres root)
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You can get the camera from here.
@chaddreier | I like beer too, but you should probably get an FFC for your Vibrant..

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Overcome 3.0.1 - Using as a phone temporarily... meh

Samsung Galaxy S 4g
Gave to wife when she broke the Nexus...

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maybe you can add the pictures from the other thread?
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maybe you can add the pictures from the other thread?
good point. adding now
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Apologies for the noob question but what do you mean in step 2? Do we actually have to take the motherboard out of the phone like in these videos: http://www.careace.net/2010/06/09/di...sung-galaxy-s/ and also is it really necessary to remove the speaker?

EDIT: Sorry for not being descriptive, What I mean is, does the speaker block this "socket"in which the FFC goes? If not then why is it necessary to remove it?
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[SIZE="4"]Some ROMs (2.2 base) do not include the font camera driver. If you cannot get it to work, try copying the attached file (unzip first - should have .yuv extension) to /system/camera on your phone. (requres root)
Do the files go in /system/camera or in /system/cameradata ?
I am trying to work it on the Bionix 1.7 rom and I keep getting errors.

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Apologies for the noob question but what do you mean in step 2? Do we actually have to take the motherboard out of the phone like in these videos: http://www.careace.net/2010/06/09/di...sung-galaxy-s/ and also is it really necessary to remove the speaker?

EDIT: Sorry for not being descriptive, What I mean is, does the speaker block this "socket"in which the FFC goes? If not then why is it necessary to remove it?
That video is a general disassembly. It isn't specific to this mod. You can make the modification without removing the audio socket/speaker.
 
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I found a youtube video of showing how to install the camera

my apologies if this was widely known video

here is the link anyways,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCFe2qSQZGA

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