Introduction

Use this guide to replace a malfunctioning motherboard or expansion port. Because replacing either part requires the same steps, they are both combined into one guide.

Remove the faceplate by carefully prying around the edge using a plastic opening tool. Loosen the clips on the edge, then pull the faceplate off. Use the tweezers to lift the faceplate  from the rest of the device. The power button on the front of the GoPro may pop off. Ensure to align it properly during reassembly.
  • Remove the faceplate by carefully prying around the edge using a plastic opening tool. Loosen the clips on the edge, then pull the faceplate off.

  • Use the tweezers to lift the faceplate from the rest of the device.

  • The power button on the front of the GoPro may pop off. Ensure to align it properly during reassembly.

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Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws: One 4.6 mm screw
  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws:

    • One 4.6 mm screw

    • Three 8.2 mm screws

    • Two 6.1 mm screws

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Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera. Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera.
  • Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera.

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Using tweezers, remove the ribbon strip by pulling on it. This will remove the connection. Push down on the three wires with the metal spudger and the clip will disconnect from the motherboard. During reassembly, remove the black tape on the ribbon cable, turn the camera upside down so you can see the port, and reinsert the cable with tweezers. It's a lot easier!
  • Using tweezers, remove the ribbon strip by pulling on it. This will remove the connection.

  • Push down on the three wires with the metal spudger and the clip will disconnect from the motherboard.

  • During reassembly, remove the black tape on the ribbon cable, turn the camera upside down so you can see the port, and reinsert the cable with tweezers. It's a lot easier!

Removing the tiny gold ribbon strip and the wires from the right hand side as shown in the image is an unnecessary step to change out the lens. In fact it is recommendable to NOT remove these, especially the gold ribbon strip that is shown in the red box. It is very difficult to get this ZIF cable back in place once it has been removed. Simply open the camera carefully so as not to pull on this cable and the wires and proceed with the other steps.

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Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard.

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Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor. Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor. Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor.
  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor.

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Using #00 phillips head screwdriver, remove the 3.0mm screw. Using the plastic opening tool, unclip the LCD ribbon from the motherboard. Using the plastic opening tool, unclip the LCD ribbon from the motherboard.
  • Using #00 phillips head screwdriver, remove the 3.0mm screw.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, unclip the LCD ribbon from the motherboard.

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Using tweezers, lift the motherboard from the midframe housing Using tweezers, lift the motherboard from the midframe housing
  • Using tweezers, lift the motherboard from the midframe housing

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Using #00 phillips head screwdriver, remove the three  4.0mm screws. Using plastic opening tool, unclip Expansion Port chip from motherboard A metal piece of the frame sits underneath the bottom screw, which will detach upon removing the screw.
  • Using #00 phillips head screwdriver, remove the three 4.0mm screws.

  • Using plastic opening tool, unclip Expansion Port chip from motherboard

  • A metal piece of the frame sits underneath the bottom screw, which will detach upon removing the screw.

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Lift the expansion port chip from the motherboard. It is now possible to replace the expansion port and/or motherboard.
  • Lift the expansion port chip from the motherboard.

  • It is now possible to replace the expansion port and/or motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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