Introduction

Replacing the motherboard will require soldering skills. If you need help soldering, check out the soldering guide. The motherboard is very embedded within the device and will require a spudger and Phillips #1 screw driver to separate it.

Image 1/1: While holding them down, slowly pull the door towards you.
  • Gently push down on the two tabs at the top of the battery door.

  • While holding them down, slowly pull the door towards you.

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  • Once the door is open, use your hand to pull out the four batteries.

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Image 1/2: Start in the middle and work your way around the perimeter. Image 2/2: Start in the middle and work your way around the perimeter.
  • Pry off the control panel on top of the speaker using the metal spudger. You may need to use a lot of force.

  • Start in the middle and work your way around the perimeter.

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Image 1/2: Also remove the single 7mm screw from the power button circuit board on the opposite side. Image 2/2: There will be a little plastic piece under the eject button that you can just remove and set aside.
  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 7mm screws that hold the volume button circuit board to the control panel.

  • Also remove the single 7mm screw from the power button circuit board on the opposite side.

  • There will be a little plastic piece under the eject button that you can just remove and set aside.

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Image 1/2: Do the same to the power button circuit board on the other side (the board with only one screw). Image 2/2: Pull out the wires using a lot of force.
  • Desolder the three solders joints connecting the wires to the volume button circuit board.

  • Do the same to the power button circuit board on the other side (the board with only one screw).

  • Pull out the wires using a lot of force.

  • If you are not familiar or comfortable with soldering, use this guide

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Image 1/2: It is best to start from the top or bottom, then work your way around if it has not popped out yet. Image 2/2: Remove the silver lining.
  • Gently pry open the silver plastic lining of the iPod dock using the plastic spudger.

  • It is best to start from the top or bottom, then work your way around if it has not popped out yet.

  • Remove the silver lining.

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Image 1/2: Once loose, lift up the metal mesh. Image 2/2: Once loose, lift up the metal mesh.
  • Pry open the metal mesh by working the plastic spudger around the inside of the mesh.

  • Once loose, lift up the metal mesh.

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Image 1/1: Remove the 7mm screw with the Phillips #1 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the fourteen 30mm screws with Phillips #1 Screwdriver.

  • Remove the 7mm screw with the Phillips #1 Screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: Lots of cables are still connected, so be very gentle when separating case plates.
  • Carefully separate the front and back case plates at a corner of the speaker.

    • Lots of cables are still connected, so be very gentle when separating case plates.

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  • Guide the white button cables through the hole on the top of speaker case.

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  • Use your fingers to peel the glue off of the red and black cables.

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  • Careful not to touch the green capacitors or you might shock yourself.

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  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 7mm screws from the filter.

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Image 1/1: Don't touch the green capacitors; you might get shocked.
  • Repeat the previous step on the other side of the speaker. There are two more 7mm screws on the filter mirroring the first.

  • Don't touch the green capacitors; you might get shocked.

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  • Don't touch the green capacitors. They might shock you.

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  • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the four 10mm screws from the corners of the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Pry out the second connect to the filter similarly. Image 2/2: Pry out the second connect to the filter similarly.
  • On the back side of the motherboard, pry out the connector to the filter using the plastic spudger. You will have to use a lot of force.

  • Pry out the second connect to the filter similarly.

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Image 1/2: Do not touch capacitors to avoid being shocked. Image 2/2: Do not touch capacitors to avoid being shocked.
  • Desolder the two battery connections from the motherboard.

  • Do not touch capacitors to avoid being shocked.

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  • Use the pointed end of the plastic spudger to pry the glue off of the iPod dock. You will probably have to use some force.

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Image 1/2: Detach the copper ribbon cable by gently pulling it down, freeing the motherboard completely. Image 2/2: Detach the copper ribbon cable by gently pulling it down, freeing the motherboard completely.
  • Unlock the ribbon cable dock by pressing down on the two tabs at the bottom of the dock.

  • Detach the copper ribbon cable by gently pulling it down, freeing the motherboard completely.

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Conclusion

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

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