See­ing red leads to a slap

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I re­cently dropped my iPad Air onto one cor­ner, and since then the dis­play has had a red back­ground. I have done some dig­ging around on the in­ter­net, and it seems that slap­ping the iPad on the back will fix it. What do you think about this? I’m scared to try. Pa­tri­cia St Clair The red screen is caused by a par­tially dis­con­nected video ca­ble, and al­though re­con­nect­ing it is a sim­ple fix, dis­man­tling an iPad to get ac­cess to that ca­ble isn’t some­thing you should try your­self. There isn’t a lot of space in­side an iPad so the con­nec­tor doesn’t have room to come off com­pletely, and it seems a sec­ond firm whack is some­times enough to wig­gle it back into place.

I’d cer­tainly be tempted to give it a go. But make no mis­take, this will be a tem­po­rary fix. Even if the con­nec­tor does get jos­tled back into place, it will be held there a lot less firmly than be­fore, so it will doubt­less come loose again be­fore long. Even­tu­ally, you’ll need to get it prop­erly re­paired.

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