Introduction

If your screen has become damaged--cracked, scratched, or more--then it is in need of replacement. This guide will show you how to remove the battery and motherboard in order to access your broken screen.

To begin, locate the two 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws at the top corners of the case and remove them. To begin, locate the two 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws at the top corners of the case and remove them. To begin, locate the two 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws at the top corners of the case and remove them.
  • To begin, locate the two 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws at the top corners of the case and remove them.

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Squeeze the plastic opening tool in between the seam where the screen joins the plastic case. Begin separating the bottom of the case from the screen by carefully going around the whole edge of the case and slowly prying it apart. Be careful when separating the lids because the wires holding the speaker to the motherboard are very short.
  • Squeeze the plastic opening tool in between the seam where the screen joins the plastic case.

  • Begin separating the bottom of the case from the screen by carefully going around the whole edge of the case and slowly prying it apart.

  • Be careful when separating the lids because the wires holding the speaker to the motherboard are very short.

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Carefully place the bottom lid next to the screen case. The power/speaker buttons should be visible at the corner of the lid. Remove the buttons with the tweezers. Carefully place the bottom lid next to the screen case. The power/speaker buttons should be visible at the corner of the lid. Remove the buttons with the tweezers.
  • Carefully place the bottom lid next to the screen case. The power/speaker buttons should be visible at the corner of the lid. Remove the buttons with the tweezers.

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Begin removing the black tape covering the motherboard inside the tablet. Begin removing the black tape covering the motherboard inside the tablet.
  • Begin removing the black tape covering the motherboard inside the tablet.

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You will need to desolder the two contact points that connect the battery to the mother board.
  • You will need to desolder the two contact points that connect the battery to the mother board.

    • Make sure to allow ample time (at least 5-8 minutes or more) for the soldering iron to heat up. Otherwise, the solder won't melt.

  • Touch the hot iron to the contact points and gently pull on the wires to loosen them from the solder. They should release easily.

  • Make sure not to touch the contact points after desoldering them because they will remain very hot for a short while afterwards.

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Using the black nylon spudger, get underneath the battery and begin prying it loose from the rest of the tablet. The tape holding the battery to the tablet has a very strong hold so be prepared for resistance.
  • Using the black nylon spudger, get underneath the battery and begin prying it loose from the rest of the tablet.

  • The tape holding the battery to the tablet has a very strong hold so be prepared for resistance.

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The motherboard will need to be removed in order to access the screen. To remove the motherboard you must first unscrew four 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws.
  • The motherboard will need to be removed in order to access the screen.

  • To remove the motherboard you must first unscrew four 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws.

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To finish removing the motherboard you must release the two data cables holding the screen to it. Use the black nylon spudger to lift the gray clips up 90° on the white connectors.
  • To finish removing the motherboard you must release the two data cables holding the screen to it.

  • Use the black nylon spudger to lift the gray clips up 90° on the white connectors.

  • You can now remove the data cables from the slots and lift the motherboard out from the device.

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After removing the motherboard, use the black nylon spudger to pop the screen out of the housing holding it to the front of the screen case. After removing the motherboard, use the black nylon spudger to pop the screen out of the housing holding it to the front of the screen case.
  • After removing the motherboard, use the black nylon spudger to pop the screen out of the housing holding it to the front of the screen case.

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Pull the thin plastic screen casing apart and you can remove the damaged screen.
  • Pull the thin plastic screen casing apart and you can remove the damaged screen.

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Conclusion

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

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