Introduction

This guide is going to show the necessary steps for replacing the Motherboard.

Using the blue plastic opening tool, insert the tip into the crease between the back cover and the phone and pry it upwards. Work your way around the phone until the entire back cover is loose.
  • Using the blue plastic opening tool, insert the tip into the crease between the back cover and the phone and pry it upwards.

  • Work your way around the phone until the entire back cover is loose.

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Remove the thirteen 3.6 mm screws using the Torx T5 bit in the screwdriver. Remove the thirteen 3.6 mm screws using the Torx T5 bit in the screwdriver.
  • Remove the thirteen 3.6 mm screws using the Torx T5 bit in the screwdriver.

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Using the blue plastic opening tool, insert the tip into the crease between the mid-frame and the phone and pry it upwards. Work your way around the phone until the entire back cover is loose and remove the mid-frame.
  • Using the blue plastic opening tool, insert the tip into the crease between the mid-frame and the phone and pry it upwards.

  • Work your way around the phone until the entire back cover is loose and remove the mid-frame.

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Using the plastic blue plastic opening tool, gently  disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.
  • Using the plastic blue plastic opening tool, gently disconnect the battery cable from the motherboard.

  • Applying too much force will damage the connector.

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Use the blue plastic opening tool to pry the battery pack from the phone. Pry along edge away from the motherboard as this might damage the motherboard. The battery pack is held on by double sided tape, you will have to apply some force when prying out the battery.
  • Use the blue plastic opening tool to pry the battery pack from the phone. Pry along edge away from the motherboard as this might damage the motherboard.

  • The battery pack is held on by double sided tape, you will have to apply some force when prying out the battery.

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Using a spudger, pry the vibration motor connector from the motherboard.
  • Using a spudger, pry the vibration motor connector from the motherboard.

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Use the blue plastic opening tool to gently pry the camera connector up from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Use the blue plastic opening tool to gently pry the camera connector up from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Applying too much force will damage the conector

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Using the tweezers, remove the rear camera from the Padfone X.
  • Using the tweezers, remove the rear camera from the Padfone X.

  • The camera is lightly glued to the motherboard. You may need to use a plastic opening tool to loosen the adhesive under the camera.

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Insert the tip of the flat head screwdriver between the panel and the metal clip then gently push down until the clip is slightly bent away from the panel. Do this for all the clips holding the panel down.
  • Insert the tip of the flat head screwdriver between the panel and the metal clip then gently push down until the clip is slightly bent away from the panel.

  • Do this for all the clips holding the panel down.

  • After all clips are bent away, remove the panel.

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Disconnect the first connector by prying it upward using the blue plastic opening tool. Disconnect the second connector by first lifting the lock then pulling the connector outward.
  • Disconnect the first connector by prying it upward using the blue plastic opening tool.

  • Disconnect the second connector by first lifting the lock then pulling the connector outward.

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Insert the tip of the blue plastic opening tool under the motherboard and gently pry upward. Work your way around until the motherboard is free. Work your way around until the motherboard is free.
  • Insert the tip of the blue plastic opening tool under the motherboard and gently pry upward.

  • Work your way around until the motherboard is free.

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Flip the motherboard over and locate the front facing camera.
  • Flip the motherboard over and locate the front facing camera.

  • Using the tweezers gently remove the black locking mechanism.

  • The black locking mechanism is very fragile and extreme care should be exercised during removal.

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Use the tweezers to gently pull on the connector to remove the camera. Use the tweezers to gently pull on the connector to remove the camera.
  • Use the tweezers to gently pull on the connector to remove the camera.

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Conclusion

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

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There is a step missing between step 10 and 11, you didn't explain how to remove the flexible connector that go's to the power/volume buttons next to the camera location on the side of the phone.

David Baxter - Reply

which I only had to gently pry up on the connector from the center of the phone out and it came right off.

David Baxter - Reply

Hey iFixits,

I have a Padfone S (international version, supposedly the same as the Padfone X sold in the states), which suffered water damage. I presume the logic board needs replacing and since there are more Padfone X's out there, thinking of buying a 'for parts' phone with say, a broken screen, and just swapping logic boards to make one working phone. Does anyone know if these logic boards for the S and X are compatible?? Thanks in advance.

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