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.

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

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Image 1/3: 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. Image 2/3: Be careful when separating the lids because the wires holding the speaker to the motherboard are very short. Image 3/3: 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.

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

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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/2: The tape holding the battery to the tablet has a very strong hold so be prepared for resistance. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: To remove the motherboard you must first unscrew four 4.9mm Phillips #00 screws. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: Use the black nylon spudger to lift the gray clips up 90° on the white connectors. Image 2/2: You can now remove the data cables from the slots and lift the motherboard out from the device.
  • 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.

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  • 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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