Repairing my Nokia N80 – Part 1

I’ve been using my Nokia N80 for more than a year now and been fairly happy with it.

So it was it a bit of a surprise when it started acting up last week. For some reason, if anyone called me, I could only hear them if I switched the sound to the loudspeaker.

As you can imagine, using the loadspeaker does not go down well in a crowded office environment.

Strangely enough, three other people with Nokia N80’s experienced the same problem.

Also, trying to use the front camera, caused a “hardware failure” message to appear.The defective N80 flex cable

A little research with Google revealed these problems to be symptoms of a faulty flex cable. Thats the cable that connects the two halves of the N80 together.

At this point I had three options

  1. Have the phone repaired at an official repair centre
  2. Have the phone repaired at and un-official repair centre for R500 (approximately $70)
  3. Fix it myself

Since I had installed modded firmware on my N80, I was pretty sure my warranty was voided. So option 1 was a no-no. Paying R500 for a no guarantee repair was also out.

So that left repairing it myself. An option that became even more appealing once I found out a flex cable costs only R10.

In Part 2, I’ll start the repair attempt


  1. Fil says

    Hei!i changed the flex to the N80 today and everything works very good now!I follow a lit bit your instructions and a lit bit my my my N80 work as good as before and i bought the flex for 5 euro on ebay.that s all.

  2. Andrew says

    Hi there,

    Im having the same issue with mine.

    Are you from South Africa?

    I see you said the ribbon cable was only R10, where did you find it?

    Any help would be much appreciated as I can fix it myself with the help of your guide!


  3. says

    Yes I am. Johannesburg in fact. The cable was R10 at that time but 6 months later it was selling for R25. Probably due to an increase in broken N80’s. I bought mine from a shop in the Oriental Plaza but I’ve seen it sold in the flea markets as well. Some people have reported issues with the quality of these cables but the one I bought has had no issues.

  4. Andrew says

    I went to the Oriental Plaza and found one there! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    I bought two, each for R25. Still, R100 is nothing compared to what would have been charged had I taken it to a repair centre.


  5. Jason says

    Thank you so much for posting this information – found it very useful. I know this is fairly an old post but it is still relevant and cost me a fraction of what Nokia Care centre quoted ($200 AUD) to get it fixed. I could not believe the problem was so simple to fix. I’ve bought this phone in 2007 and still happy to have it. :-)

    I’ve got the Flex cable online and Torx screwdriver was from Jaycar in Australia.


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