Introduction

The removal of the Motherboard is one of the initial steps in completely taking apart this tablet and is a moderately difficult process.

Image 1/2: Pry open the right side of case with the plastic opening tool.  If necessary, keep a tool lodged into the side to keep the case from closing. Image 2/2: During this process, the volume button and/or power button may fall out.
  • Before taking apart your tablet, make sure the device is powered off.

  • Pry open the right side of case with the plastic opening tool. If necessary, keep a tool lodged into the side to keep the case from closing.

  • During this process, the volume button and/or power button may fall out.

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  • Pry open the left side of the case with a plastic opening tool. The backside of the tablet should now separate completely from the front.

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Image 1/3: You should hear the adhesive ripping as you do this. Image 2/3: Once the battery is no longer adhered to the case, detach the dongle that connects the battery to the motherboard. Image 3/3: Once the battery is no longer adhered to the case, detach the dongle that connects the battery to the motherboard.
  • Using the plastic opening tool and spudger, carefully pry up the battery from the case.

  • You should hear the adhesive ripping as you do this.

  • Once the battery is no longer adhered to the case, detach the dongle that connects the battery to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Two 2.0 mm screws (with the bigger head) Image 2/2: Four 2.5 mm screws (with the smaller head)
  • With the Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the following screws securing the motherboard to the back panel:

    • Two 2.0 mm screws (with the bigger head)

    • Four 2.5 mm screws (with the smaller head)

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Image 1/2: The vibration motor is still connected to the motherboard by a small wire connection, so be careful not to rip the wire out. Image 2/2: With your fingers, carefully disconnect the cable securing the vibration motor to the motherboard. Set aside.
  • On the top right side of the motherboard, is the vibration motor. With tweezers, carefully pull the vibration motor out from underneath the motherboard.

  • The vibration motor is still connected to the motherboard by a small wire connection, so be careful not to rip the wire out.

  • With your fingers, carefully disconnect the cable securing the vibration motor to the motherboard. Set aside.

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Image 1/2: With your fingers, slowly pull out the wire connecting the speaker to the motherboard. Image 2/2: With your fingers, slowly pull out the wire connecting the speaker to the motherboard.
  • The speaker located on the top of the motherboard should easily slide out. Take note that there is still a wire connected, so do so carefully.

  • With your fingers, slowly pull out the wire connecting the speaker to the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Each ribbon cable has a sticker covering it; peel it off with tweezers. Image 2/3: Use tweezers to pull out the ribbon cable. Image 3/3: Make sure to pull the ribbon cable horizontally, not vertically to avoid tearing the ribbon
  • The next step is to pull out the ribbon cables connected to the motherboard.

  • Each ribbon cable has a sticker covering it; peel it off with tweezers.

  • Use tweezers to pull out the ribbon cable.

  • Make sure to pull the ribbon cable horizontally, not vertically to avoid tearing the ribbon

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  • After all ribbon cables are disconnected,move them out of the way, and the motherboard should fall out easily.

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Conclusion

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

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