Introduction

Replacement of the external portion lock button may be necessary if the button becomes severely jammed or damaged. Replacing the lock button itself is very simple, and the proceeding steps are fairly easy as well. This is a very doable fix!

Power down your device.
  • Power down your device.

  • Place the small suction cup on a corner of the screen and lightly pull up to expose a seam between the screen and case.

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Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam near the corner of the device. Slowly slide the tool around the perimeter of the device, gradually prying up the screen. It is normal to hear snaps as the spring clips holding the screen in place are released.
  • Insert the plastic opening tool into the seam near the corner of the device.

  • Slowly slide the tool around the perimeter of the device, gradually prying up the screen.

    • It is normal to hear snaps as the spring clips holding the screen in place are released.

    • It is also normal to hear adhesive separating, as a small amount is used to help secure the screen.

At the bottom of the pad, it is not spring clip. You can activate the release of the clip at the two hole at the bottom of the pad by sliding a small level inside the rectangular hole - one on each side. There is some tape used to hold the screen as well.

Joe Cheung - Reply

Yes! You have to be careful here because there are slide clips along the bottom of the screen that secure the tablet halves together. You can see small holes in the bottom of the dock connector slits. You have to insert a pointy object, I used a small screwdriver, to slide the latches to the left. If you don't do this step you can damage the tablet and never get the two halves back together securely.

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When the screen is free of all spring clips and adhesive, slowly open the device like a clam shell with the hinge being the left hand side of the device. Do not completely separate the screen from the case by more than a few inches, as they are still connected by three orange ribbon cables. Safely place the device back on the table by laying the screen face down.
  • When the screen is free of all spring clips and adhesive, slowly open the device like a clam shell with the hinge being the left hand side of the device.

    • Do not completely separate the screen from the case by more than a few inches, as they are still connected by three orange ribbon cables.

  • Safely place the device back on the table by laying the screen face down.

    • There will be some slight overlapping of the back of the case over the screen.

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Disconnect the ribbon cable by placing a plastic opening tool under the black plastic tab that is on the opposite side of the port as the ribbon cable. Pry upward until the black tab moves 90 degrees, and gently pull the ribbon cable out of the port.
  • Disconnect the ribbon cable by placing a plastic opening tool under the black plastic tab that is on the opposite side of the port as the ribbon cable.

  • Pry upward until the black tab moves 90 degrees, and gently pull the ribbon cable out of the port.

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Place a plastic opening tool under the black plastic tab on one of the ribbon cable ports.
  • Place a plastic opening tool under the black plastic tab on one of the ribbon cable ports.

  • Pry upward until the black tab moves 90 degrees, and gently pull the ribbon cable out of the port.

  • Repeat the previous process to remove the other ribbon cable.

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Remove the battery (secured by six screws and a white wire connector) by following the removal portion of this battery replacement guide.
  • Remove the battery (secured by six screws and a white wire connector) by following the removal portion of this battery replacement guide.

    • The device that we wrote this guide for did not come with a battery, so we cannot include it in our own guide steps.

    • The battery is removed during all repairs to protect against short circuits, shocks, and internal damage to the device.

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Orient your device so that the lock and volume buttons and the attached components are on the top left.
  • Orient your device so that the lock and volume buttons and the attached components are on the top left.

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Remove the two 2.5mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Remove the two 2.5mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • Remove the two 2.5mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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Use tweezers to pull back the strip of black tape covering the connection between the electronic portion of the lock and volume buttons and the motherboard. Push the black part out of the white part of the connection using tweezers. Push the black part out of the white part of the connection using tweezers.
  • Use tweezers to pull back the strip of black tape covering the connection between the electronic portion of the lock and volume buttons and the motherboard.

  • Push the black part out of the white part of the connection using tweezers.

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The electronic portion of the lock and volume buttons should now be free to move. Lift it gently using tweezers, and set it aside.
  • The electronic portion of the lock and volume buttons should now be free to move. Lift it gently using tweezers, and set it aside.

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Press down on the lock button from the outside of your device using your finger. Use tweezers to pull the lock button upwards from the inside of the device, while keeping your finger pressed from the outside. Pull the lock button free from the device and set it aside.
  • Press down on the lock button from the outside of your device using your finger.

  • Use tweezers to pull the lock button upwards from the inside of the device, while keeping your finger pressed from the outside.

  • Pull the lock button free from the device and set it aside.

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Conclusion

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

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