Introduction

This guide will show how the motherboard for the IBM WorkPad c3 may be removed. This is a fairly simple process, once the rest of the WorkPad has been disassembled.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: In the next step the device will be heated, so the screen must be turned over to prevent heat damage to the LCD/Digitizer. Image 2/2: In the next step the device will be heated, so the screen must be turned over to prevent heat damage to the LCD/Digitizer.
  • Turn the device over so that the screen is facing down.

  • In the next step the device will be heated, so the screen must be turned over to prevent heat damage to the LCD/Digitizer.

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Image 1/1: Spend at least one minute heating each side of the device. This will melt the glue holding the case together, and allow it to be removed.
  • Using a hair dryer, slowly heat the edges of the WorkPad.

  • Spend at least one minute heating each side of the device. This will melt the glue holding the case together, and allow it to be removed.

  • Be sure not to touch the device directly after heating as it will be extremely hot. Use a towel or oven mitt to grab it.

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Image 1/2: If the rear cover is not coming off very easily, you probably need to reheat the case in order to sufficiently melt the glue. Image 2/2: If the rear cover is not coming off very easily, you probably need to reheat the case in order to sufficiently melt the glue.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the back case from the WorkPad.

  • If the rear cover is not coming off very easily, you probably need to reheat the case in order to sufficiently melt the glue.

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  • Turn the device over, so that the screen is laying on a flat surface.

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Image 1/3: Using the hair dryer, slowly heat the edges of the device. Spend at least 1 minute on each side, thoroughly heating the case. Image 2/3: The LCD/Digitizer combo is very sensitive to heat, and can easily be ruined if it is directly exposed to the hair dryer. Verify that the screen is face down. Image 3/3: The LCD/Digitizer combo is very sensitive to heat, and can easily be ruined if it is directly exposed to the hair dryer. Verify that the screen is face down.
  • If the back case has already been removed, carefully place it on the WorkPad to protect the circuitry inside from the heat.

  • Using the hair dryer, slowly heat the edges of the device. Spend at least 1 minute on each side, thoroughly heating the case.

  • The LCD/Digitizer combo is very sensitive to heat, and can easily be ruined if it is directly exposed to the hair dryer. Verify that the screen is face down.

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Image 1/2: Using the Plastic Opening Tools, take the front of the case off. Image 2/2: If the case is difficult to remove, try repeating step 2.
  • The device will be extremely hot. Use a towel or oven mitt to grab it.

  • Using the Plastic Opening Tools, take the front of the case off.

  • If the case is difficult to remove, try repeating step 2.

  • The power button at the top of the device will be loose once the front part of the case is removed.

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  • Remove the yellow tape that is covering the battery connector

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  • Using the tweezers, carefully disconnect the battery cable from the port

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Image 1/2: The battery is secured with adhesive and it will take some effort to remove Image 2/2: The battery is secured with adhesive and it will take some effort to remove
  • Using the plastic opening tools, lift the battery out of the case

  • The battery is secured with adhesive and it will take some effort to remove

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  • Using the spudger lift the tabs holding the LCD/Digitizer combo cables to the WorkPad.

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Image 1/2: The LCD will disconnect and fall out of the case, so be sure to have your hand waiting for it. Image 2/2: The LCD will disconnect and fall out of the case, so be sure to have your hand waiting for it.
  • Using your thumb, press down gently on the back of the LCD.

  • The LCD will disconnect and fall out of the case, so be sure to have your hand waiting for it.

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  • Using the plastic opening tool, lift the clip holding the motherboard cable.

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Image 1/2: Small plastic tabs hold the motherboard down. Lifting too hard will break these off, and the motherboard will be loose upon replacement. Image 2/2: Small plastic tabs hold the motherboard down. Lifting too hard will break these off, and the motherboard will be loose upon replacement.
  • Gripping the motherboard as shown, lift up slightly and pull outward.

  • Small plastic tabs hold the motherboard down. Lifting too hard will break these off, and the motherboard will be loose upon replacement.

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Conclusion

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

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