Introduction

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A guide on how to disassemble the bottom case assembly, including removing the LCD and buttons.

Loosen the two screws on the battery panel. Then lift the panel up to remove it.
  • Loosen the two screws on the battery panel. Then lift the panel up to remove it.

L Button.
  • L Button.

  • Top of the battery pack.

  • To remove the battery pack, place your fingernail or a spudger at the top of the battery near the L button. Gently lift the battery out.

Remove 4 Phillips screws from the board. Lift the main board from the bottom end and flip it over to reveal the last connector.
  • Remove 4 Phillips screws from the board.

  • Lift the main board from the bottom end and flip it over to reveal the last connector.

  • Keep the main board fairly close to the case, making sure not to damage the last ribbon cable holding it in place.

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Disconnect the ribbon cable by gently using a plastic opening tool to flip up the black connector latch. The cable should easily slide out from the connector.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cable by gently using a plastic opening tool to flip up the black connector latch. The cable should easily slide out from the connector.

  • The motherboard should now be free from the rest of the device.

Remove the rubber front-panel button membranes from the device. Pay careful attention to where the buttons go, so you can replace them correctly.
  • Remove the rubber front-panel button membranes from the device. Pay careful attention to where the buttons go, so you can replace them correctly.

    • A/B/X/Y button assembly

    • Select/Start button assembly

    • D-pad

    • Power button

Remove the plastic buttons and keep them in a safe place. All of the buttons have "key" notches to prevent them from being inserted incorrectly (backwards or in the wrong place), but it can take a while to figure out where everything goes if they get shuffled around.
  • Remove the plastic buttons and keep them in a safe place.

  • All of the buttons have "key" notches to prevent them from being inserted incorrectly (backwards or in the wrong place), but it can take a while to figure out where everything goes if they get shuffled around.

Flip the case open, and push the lower screen assembly out of the frame. Flip the case open, and push the lower screen assembly out of the frame.
  • Flip the case open, and push the lower screen assembly out of the frame.

Conclusion

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

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