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  1. GoPro Hero 3 Silver Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 GoPro Hero 3 Silver Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Pull back on the tab on the back of GoPro to open the battery cover.

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    • Pull the battery out using the tab.

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    • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the faceplate.

    • There is some adhesive and clips so be careful and the faceplate should pop right off.

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    • Now that the faceplate is off, it is time to remove the 4 screws on each corner.

    • Use the T4 tool bit from the iFixit toolkit in order to remove the 4 screws on each corner.

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    • Note: Make sure you remove the door cover of the USB, mini HDMI, and SD port before. Separating the motherboard will be easier.

    • Using the plastic opening tool, slowly pry open the motherboard assembly.

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    • Use the spudger to gently pry off the connector of the housing to the motherboard.

    • You should now have the motherboard assembly and the housing separated.

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    • Use the spudger to remove the heat shield tape and detach the image sensor from the motherboard.

    • Using the T4 Torx toolbit, remove the 4 screws that connect the sensor to the lens.

    • Remove the silver connector of the image sensor from the motherboard using the spudger to pry it off.

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    • The media adapter is attached to the motherboard via 3 screws:

    • x1 T4 Torx

    • x2 Phillips #00

    • There's a little silver bracket that is held down by the Phillips #00 screw so be careful not to lose it.

    • With a little prying, use the spudger to detach the media adapter's connector from the motherboard.

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    • Use the spudger to lift the black tab up to unlock.

    • Then remove LCD screen connector by sliding out.

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    • Using the Phillips head bit, remove the silver screw near the top edge of the board.

    • Separate the LCD assembly by pulling it away. You should have the bare motherboard!

Conclusion

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

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