Kindle Paperwhite Motherboard Replacement

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How to dissemble a Kindle Paperwhite in order to replace the motherboard.

Replace your Kindle's old motherboard with a new one.

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Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Gently pry the bezel off the screen using a spudger. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.

  • Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the 11 Phillips 3.0 mm screws surrounding the frame.

  • At the top of the display, a black strip of tape covers one screw.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the midframe out of the case.

  • If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

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Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Turn over the midframe to locate the battery.

  • Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws holding the battery to the midframe.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the battery from the bottom, and slide it out.

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Edit Step 6 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • With the case and battery removed from the mid frame, begin removing all cables plugged into mid board.

  • Place the device so the mid frame's backside faces up. Start with the cable on the bottom left corner.

  • Use a spudger to lift up the white locking cable tensioner and slide the flex cable out.

  • Proceed counterclockwise to the next cable and repeat.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the white flex cable by gently lifting the yellow plastic head.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the yellow anti-static tape from the display ribbon cable connector.

  • Use spudger to lift up to disconnect cable tensioner.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use Phillips Screwdriver to remove the 7 3.0 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard:

    • Three silver screws with silver washers

    • Two silver screws with no washers

    • One black screw with a golden washer

    • One black screw with a square washer

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Lift out the motherboard.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Kindle Paperwhite device page.

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