Introduction

In this guide, you will be able to remove the motherboard from a creative ZiiO and use a soldering iron while doing so.

Image 1/3: The volume control button and the top power button may fall out during this step. Image 2/3: The volume control button and the top power button may fall out during this step. Image 3/3: The volume control button and the top power button may fall out during this step.
  • Remove the back panel with the plastic opening tool by carefully prying around the edges.

    • The volume control button and the top power button may fall out during this step.

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Image 1/3: The solder point in the bottom right corner is marked but hidden by the soldering iron. Image 2/3: The solder point in the bottom right corner is marked but hidden by the soldering iron. Image 3/3: The solder point in the bottom right corner is marked but hidden by the soldering iron.
  • Remove the copper plate covering the motherboard by desoldering the ten solder points.

  • The solder point in the bottom right corner is marked but hidden by the soldering iron.

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Image 1/2: Desolder the solder points connecting the wires to the motherboard. Image 2/2: Desolder the solder points connecting the wires to the motherboard.
  • Remove the adhesive tape covering the three wires connected to the motherboard.

  • Desolder the solder points connecting the wires to the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Disconnect the other ribbon cable that is connected next the copper plate in the corner of the circuit board. Image 2/3: Disconnect the other ribbon cable that is connected next the copper plate in the corner of the circuit board. Image 3/3: Disconnect the other ribbon cable that is connected next the copper plate in the corner of the circuit board.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cable that is attached underneath the copper plate.

  • Disconnect the other ribbon cable that is connected next the copper plate in the corner of the circuit board.

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Image 1/2: The copper plate will be removed by now. However, the picture does not show this. Image 2/2: The copper plate will be removed by now. However, the picture does not show this.
  • Remove the four 4mm Philips #00 screws holding the motherboard to the casing.

  • The copper plate will be removed by now. However, the picture does not show this.

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Image 1/2: A mesh-looking strip on the left side will be connected to the bottom of the motherboard. Image 2/2: Remove the tape on top of the strip and use tweezers or pliers to pull on the strip to unplug it.
  • Lift up the motherboard.

  • A mesh-looking strip on the left side will be connected to the bottom of the motherboard.

  • Remove the tape on top of the strip and use tweezers or pliers to pull on the strip to unplug it.

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Image 1/1: Do not cut or damage the wires in the process. They will be needed for the new motherboard.
  • Remove the red and black wires with a soldering iron that are located underneath the motherboard.

  • Do not cut or damage the wires in the process. They will be needed for the new motherboard.

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  • Remove the old motherboard and dispose of it resposibly.

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Conclusion

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

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