Introduction

The front screen of your HP tablet is the toughest thing to replace - you need to go through the rest of the tablet first, starting at the back and working your way forward. The same goes for the volume buttons. In this guide, you will be removing the following:

  1. Back Cover
  2. Battery
  3. Charging Port
  4. Speaker Unit
  5. Motherboard
  6. Front LCD Screen

Prepare your required tools, a new battery for your tablet, and set aside about 30 to 40 minutes to delve into the inner workings of your HP Slate.

  1. Begin your replacement by using a T3 or T4 Torx screwdriver.
    • Begin your replacement by using a T3 or T4 Torx screwdriver.

      • Remove the two 1.4mm x 3mm Torx Head screws at the top of the device.

    On the HP 10 Plus 2201 there are no head screws. I used the spudger to 'carefully' separate the case. There are little snaps on the inside of case that will separate with little pressure on spudger.

    RB Richter - Reply

    I used these directions to replace HP Plus 10 2201 battery. I bypassed speaker installation.

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  2. With the pointed end of the spudger, remove the thin metal band.
    • With the pointed end of the spudger, remove the thin metal band.

      • It is easiest to remove the metal band through the headphone opening.

    On HP 10 Plus 2201 there is no metal band. The case simply unsnaps apart.

    RB Richter - Reply

    • Using the flat end of the spudger, pry back the rear plastic cover.

      • As you work your way around the edge, several "pop" noises will be made. These noises are caused by the plastic clips coming undone.

    This is basically how I opened my HP 10 Plus 2201. "Using the flat end of the spudger, pry back (apart) the rear plastic cover from tablet.

    RB Richter - Reply

    • Remove the rear cover.

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    • Locate and remove the yellow tape covering the red and white speaker wires.

    The inside of my HP 10 Plus 2210 looks similar but not exactly as this illustration

    RB Richter - Reply

    The battery connections weren't the plug in type. The three battery battery wires (red, white, & black) were soldered into place,

    RB Richter - Reply

    • Using the pointed end of the spudger, push both sides of the speaker wire connector out of its base.

      • Push the same amount on both sides of the connector to avoid jamming or twisting its metal pins.

      • Do not yank or pull on the speaker wires, since they are fragile. Only push on the white connector.

    Do not pull on wires. Never force anything.

    RB Richter - Reply

    note the route of the speaker cables round the battery

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    • Gently pull back the foil covering the gold charging port ribbon.

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    • Using the flat end of the spudger, lift up the black panel covering the charging port connector.

    • Gently slide the charging port ribbon out from its housing.

      • It may be easier to use the pointed end of the spudger than your fingers.

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    • Lift gold charging strip away from the battery.

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    • Push the white battery connector out of its housing using the pointed end of the spudger.

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    • Using the #00 Phillips Head screwdriver, remove the 5 screws holding the battery in place.

      • The four 1.75mm x 3mm silver Phillips Head screws circled in red are interchangeable.

      • The black 1.75mm x 4mm Phillips Head screw must go back to the same spot during reassembly.

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    • Lift battery out of its place and set aside.

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    • To free the speaker assembly, you will need a #00 Phillips Head screwdriver.

      • Remove the two 1.75mm x 3mm Phillips Head screws from the speaker assembly.

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    • Pull back the foil overlapping the charging port to reveal another 1.75mm x 3mm Phillips Head screw.

      • Remove the screw with a #00 Phillips Head screwdriver.

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    • Lift the charging port and set it aside.

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    • Lift the two speakers out of the device and set them aside.

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    • Disconnect the LCD screen ribbon by lifting up the black panel with the flat end of a spudger and sliding the gold strip out.

      • When reconnecting the LCD connector ribbon, make sure that it's pushed in all the way. If it isn't, there will be horizontal lines when you power the tablet on.

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    • Likewise, disconnect the square radio chip ribbon by lifting up the black panel with a spudger and sliding the gold strip out.

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    • You will be using a #00 Phillips Head screwdriver to free the motherboard.

      • Remove the six 1.75mm x 3mm Phillips Head screws holding the motherboard to the screen.

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    • Using your hand, lift up the silver tape from the copper plate.

    • Lift the motherboard out of the device.

      • You may need to wiggle and work the motherboard to get it released from the device

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    • Remove the metal band surrounding the device by lifting it up out of the placement pins. Begin at one end and work your way around.

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    • You now have access to the LCD screen.

      • You can replace the volume rocker by lifting it up and out of the device.

      • The volume rocker should be reinserted so the "up" button is toward the top of the tablet during reassembly.

    Is it possible to only replace the digitizer or do I need to replace the whole part including the lcd?

    Marios Pitsillides - Reply

    Unfortunately, replacing the digitizer alone is next to impossible without damaging the actual LCD screen, so the whole screen is what needs to be replaced.

    Zachary -

    Excellent instructions. My unit (Slate 7 2800) had a couple small pieces of tape from the motherboard to the case under the torx screws, but no trouble.

    Now the trouble. I'm replacing the front touch glass, and it appears to be glued into the case from the front side. I've tried carefully prying from the front around the edges and get a little loosening, but not enough to remove it. Is this the right approach? I assume that the display screen is just held captive in the well of the case and the touch glass. Do you have a thought to help?

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Conclusion

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

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