Introduction

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

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

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

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

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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.
  • 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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