Zune Flash 2nd Generation Battery and Memory Board Replacement

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  • Author: killdashnine
  • Time required: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Very difficult

This will serve as a guide for the replacement of a Zune Flash 2nd Generation battery and memory board.

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Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

  • Prior to disassembly, verify the hold switch is engaged to ensure the device will not turn on during the procedure.

  • If the device turns on while it is being disassembled it could cause irreversible damage to the device.


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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the top metal clip by inserting a Zune opening tool in between the faceplate and back cover and pulling gently back as shown in the images.

  • You should hear a 'click' as the clip detaches from the device.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two screws shown using a small Tri-Wing screwdriver.

  • You will need to use a very small Tri-Wing screwdriver to ensure that you do not strip the screws.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert the Zune opening tool between the faceplate and the back cover, starting from the top and slowly work your way around the device.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Work your way around the Zune until the back cover comes free. Remove the back plate and set it aside.

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Edit Step 6 Face Plate  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws (5.5mm by 3mm) from the backside of the Zune using a small Tri-Wing screwdriver.

  • Be sure to put this set of screws aside since they are a different size than any other screws in the device.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use your finger or a Zune opening tool to pry back the two clear flaps.

  • Next lift the communications board that was being held down by the clear flaps.

  • Be careful not to accidentally detach the slim ribbon that connects between the communications board and the device.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the ribbon with the plastic opening tool by flipping up the black plastic flap where the ribbon connects to the memory board.

  • Carefully pull the ribbon out of the memory board, ensuring that the black plastic flap is up before removal to avoid the ripping the ribbon.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the battery by prying the battery off from the bottom with a Zune opening tool.

  • There is an adhesive between the battery and the device, therefore use a metal spudger to finish detaching the battery.

  • Be sure not to puncture the battery in any way when using the metal spudger.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the single screw under the battery using a small Tri-Wing screwdriver.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the faceplate from the device by depressing the two tabs located near the middle of each of the sides using a metal spudger.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the faceplate by using a metal spudger to separate it from the remaining components.

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Edit Step 13 LCD Display  ¶ 

  • Release the LCD connector ribbon by flipping up the black switch. This will disconnect the LCD from the device.

  • At this point the LCD screen should be easily separable from the device.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the LCD by carefully pulling directly on the ribbon.

  • Pull slowly to ensure that the ribbon isn't damaged upon removal.

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Edit Step 15 Battery and Memory Board  ¶ 

  • Detaching the memory board from the battery requires desoldering the 4 joints on the memory board.

  • It will be easiest to go in the order blue, yellow, black, red.

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

For more information, check out the Zune Flash 2nd Generation device page.

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