Introduction

This guide will go through the process of replacing the SD Card Reader in the First Generation Amazon Kindle.

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  • Slide the grey plastic cover laterally off the back of the device.

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Image 1/2: Unplug the battery from the device by pinching the white connector and pulling. Image 2/2: Do not yank the battery or try to disconnect the battery by pulling the wires.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to lift the battery on the side closest to the edge of the device.

  • Unplug the battery from the device by pinching the white connector and pulling.

  • Do not yank the battery or try to disconnect the battery by pulling the wires.

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  • Unscrew eight (8) Phillips #00 screws (3 mm).

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Image 1/2: Avoid prying between the buttons and the device.  This could cause damage to the buttons. Image 2/2: Avoid prying between the buttons and the device.  This could cause damage to the buttons.
  • Start at one side of the device. Use a plastic opening tool to separate the casing of the device. Slowly work your way around the entire device.

  • Avoid prying between the buttons and the device. This could cause damage to the buttons.

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Image 1/2: Slowly remove the metal casing shield by lifting it and carefully peeling up the tape. Image 2/2: Slowly remove the metal casing shield by lifting it and carefully peeling up the tape.
  • Unscrew the two (2) Phillips #00 screws (3 mm) which fasten the metal casing shield.

  • Slowly remove the metal casing shield by lifting it and carefully peeling up the tape.

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  • Remove the four (4) Phillips #00 screws (3 mm) which fasten the SD Card Reader.

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Image 1/2: The flap is connected via a hinge.  Once you lift the flap, it will stay up and the cable will be lose.  Remember to snap it back down during reassembly. Image 2/2: Carefully lift the SD Card Reader vertically from the motherboard.
  • Lift the flap attaching the blue and white ribbon cable to the motherboard by lifting it vertically with a spudger.

  • The flap is connected via a hinge. Once you lift the flap, it will stay up and the cable will be lose. Remember to snap it back down during reassembly.

  • Carefully lift the SD Card Reader vertically from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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