Introduction

This guide will teach users how to:

  • Pry open the back cover
  • Remove the screws in order to remove the battery
  • Remove all of the screws holding the motherboard to the device
  • Remove the ribbons
  • Remove the gold and gray panels
  • Lift the screen from the housing

All of these steps are necessary in order to remove the screen from the Kindle 3.

Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the back and front of the Kindle 3 (as indicated in the photograph).
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the back and front of the Kindle 3 (as indicated in the photograph).

  • If you have difficulty inserting the plastic opening tool, run the flat edge of the instrument along the seam to find a gap.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, lift the back cover of the device.

  • Remove the back cover.

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Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 14 silver screws (4mm) that secure the components within the housing.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 14 silver screws (4mm) that secure the components within the housing.

There’s actually no need to remove the screws that connect the wireless module.

Mike Kobb - Reply

…or the screw at the top of the Kindle where the wireless antenna wire runs from the module to the antenna circuit board, or the silver screw to the right of the wireless module’s socket on the motherboard.

In total, you need to remove 10, not 14, silver screws.

Mike Kobb - Reply

In fact only six of those screws, those that are close to the periphery of the apparatus, need to be removed.

Renaud Olgiati - Reply

  • Using the screwdriver, remove the 11 gray screws (4mm) that secure the motherboard to the housing.

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  • Remove the battery, starting from the side that was secured by the screws.

Not necessary

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  • Using the plastic opening tool, carefully lift the ribbon cable to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  • Latches secure the three remaining ribbon cables to the motherboard.

  • To disconnect the latched ribbon cable, open the latch and gently slide out the cable.

  • The rightmost photograph shows the ribbon cable with an open latch.

There’s no reason to remove the three cables outlined in yellow. The whole assembly (frame and motherboard) can come out in one piece.

Mike Kobb - Reply

  • Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the silver-headed black cable and gently disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

It’s not necessary to remove this card.

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  • The motherboard is connected to the device by a red-and-black twisted pair cable. Do not detach the cable.

  • There are 3 spacers. Two of them are where the two screws attaching the battery were. The third is to the bottom right of the silver motherboard unit. Take care not to lose these spacers when moving the motherboard.

  • With the cable still attached, flip over the motherboard.

  • The silver motherboard unit with a serial number may fall out. If this occurs, slide the unit back into place.

There’s no need to separate the motherboard from the frame underneath. They can come out together.

Mike Kobb - Reply

The whole of this step is unnecessary

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  • Remove the gray and gold plates from the housing.

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  • Replace the damaged keyboard.

  • When reassembling the Kindle 3, test the power switch to make sure it moves freely.

  • When reassembling the device, do not mix up the gray and silver screw slots.

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  • Remove the damaged screen from the housing and replace it with a new screen.

  • The preexisting adhesive should be sufficient for attaching the new screen.

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Conclusion

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

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28 Comments

I did it!

But it worked only the third time I opened the kindle, the first and second time the screen stayed frozen with some horizontal lines, the third time I only unlatched and latched all the ribbon cables and...voila! it worked!

Thank you, Im VERY happy!

marferrero - Reply

Hi!!where have you buy the screen??? I've broken my today, and I doesn't want to buy another e-book reader yet!!

Thank you

edaddezio -

Awesome Guide!!!

Ebay or this place has them.

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Amazon-Kin...

The screw diagrams for grey and silver sets were very helpful!

note: There 2 or 3 odd cup-shaped washers that differ between versions. 2 go under the batter screws to keep height/pressure constant, on may be under a screw for the modem/RF module.

Lee Studley - Reply

It's only necessary to unhook the ribbon cable in the orange box (that's the screen connector) in step 5. Steps 6 and 7 are unnecessary, and actually make it much harder to reassemble. You can just lift the whole motherboard and the gray plate in one step after removing the screws and battery, and undoing the display cable.

dhd4 - Reply

It works, but seriously overdoes the dismantling required to change the screen or keyboard). I just did this on a wifi 3g version (serial number started with B00A) and it took less than 30 minutes.

Steps 2,3 and 4 .You don't need to remove the silver screws holding the battery, the 3g unit or the inner ones on the black bit at lower right. None of them hold the board to the case, but ALL the grey screws do.

Step 5 You only need to undo the ribbon cable to the screen (marked orange) - the others don't need disturbing and are hard to put back correctly.

Steps 6 & 7 - Skip these.

Step 8 - the whole board lifts out - start at the top and be gentle - in case you've missed a screw or two.

Step 9 - this is a screen replacement guide, not a keyboard replacement, but what the hey!

Rebuilding - best to test before putting all the screws back, and refit the back starting at the switch end rather than the top or sides.

Dave - Reply

Thanks!! I used this simplification of the original document and it worked well for me!

Da Sv -

When I tested it putting all the screws back, it does not seem to be working. The screen still shows the “empty battery” message it had in the package. Of course the battery is fully charged. Any recommendations or trouble-shooting tips?

Alyssa Wilder -

Yes! I did it! Kindle works properly! Many tnx!!!

Mike Titov - Reply

I agree with Dave, of June 15th's comments. This does not require nearly the intricate dismantling this tutorial shows if you only need to replace the screen or keyboard. I did steps 1, 2, 3, and 4, then unhooked the orange ribbon cable in step 5. That one is the actual screen's ribbon cable, so it DOES need to be disconnected. After that, the entire unit will lift off in one piece, revealing the back of the keyboard and screen. Steps 6, 7, and 8 are just going to mess you up. What it fails to mention is that the broken screen is stuck to the front housing and must be (gently) pried loose before you can replace it with the new screen. Then yes, put the unit loosely back together, TEST it, and only then replace the screws. No point in putting all those teensy screws back only to discover afterwards that it doesn't work. Thank you, Dave, for your helpful hints! My Kindle is working perfectly once more, I'm one happy girl!

Josie B., October 17

bard1147 - Reply

Please note before ordering: there are at least two different models of screen for the Kindle 3 keyboard.

ED060SCE(LF)T1-0I and ED060SC7(LF)C1 (you can find the model no. on a sticker on the back of the screen). My UK 3G model had the ...C1 built in. Be sure to order the correct one. The ...T1 screen will work as a replacement for the ...C1 model, but badly (text is fine, images and screensavers are not display correctly).

ibreakit - Reply

Broke screen Friday night stripped down 30 mins on Saturday morning (my tip is to take all the black screws out the start at the battery and take the silver ones out until the board 'falls' out). Received new screen Monday and less than an hour later Kindle working again. Thank you for all this information. Cheers

Foz - Reply

Just did this again. The last time on this Kindle I was a little brutish snapping the case back to gather and broke the replacement screen. Now that replacements screen are down to $16 I did it again and was much more careful when getting the last couple case latches seated. All good. Beats putting it in a landfill.

Chaz Larson - Reply

my screen was not cracked but appeared to be frozen with one of the screen saver images on it. I tried every possible way to reboot and nothing worked. I assumed the screen was shot and ordered a new one from ebay. It arrived today and when i opened the package the new screen already had an image showing on it. I was expecting the new screen to be blank before installation. i installed it and still nothing. I am not sure if I got a bad screen from ebay or if the problem with the kindle is not the screen but something else. Anyone have any ideas??

stacy horning - Reply

From Zero to Hero - 1 x wife HAPPY :-)

Thanks - this was a great help

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mikewalker42 - Reply

I just changed my Kindle screen with the help of this great guide.

My Kindle does not contain 3G module. A dummy plastic block is in place, instead.

Also the 3G antenna is absent, so it means one less silver screw than indicated.

I also had metal rings between the battery and the motherboard that does not appear in this guide.

If I should issue a warning about any difficulties I met in the process, it would be (from the harder to the easier) : connect ribbon cables, separate back panel, disconnect ribbon cables, gently remove old screen without breaking appart the casing that holds it and put back the back panel.

I also got another crack on the old screen while I removed it but as it was already dead, this is not too much a trouble.

Thanks a lot anyway !

Benjamin Colliot - Reply

Great tutorial. Replaced my kindle screen today thanks to you !

Madjid AOUDIA - Reply

Thank you! Great guide and if you replacing the screen only, just read comment [Dave - 06/15/2015] , it is really not needed to unscrew and disconnect all cables. It is even easier without those steps.

neboysh - Reply

This is unnecessarily convoluted just to replace the screen. All you really need to do is remove the grey screws, take disconnect the screen, (maybe the battery as well just for safety) and the remove the chassis, without unnecessarily disconnecting it from the motherboard.

Abhay Aggarwal - Reply

Take seriously what ibreakit wrote on 12/04/2015. I ordered a replacement screen without clarifying that I needed the C1 variety, a different one arrived and the texts were unsharp and the images even ghosty. Fortunately the seller sent a second one (a C1) without requiring the first one back, but you might not have such good luck. It works fine now.

Tamas Javor - Reply

Followed Dave's guideline's and it worked like a charm! Very easy and smooth! I would recommend taking it apart before ordering, though, due to the aforementioned display variants. Thankfully, I got lucky and got a C1. My faithful old Kindle is good as new now! (also replaced front panel that was cracked)

Stoyan Stoyanov - Reply

Wonderful guide, thanks for helping me save my Kindle!!!

Tanya Benge - Reply

Wonderful guide, worked a treat.

Nigel Barker - Reply

An excellent guide. I ordered replacement screen from EWWT group in Hong Kong and used these instructions to remove cracked screen and replace new one. It now works a treat. As good as new !

Chris Arnott - Reply

Nice guide. Be careful when prying back cover open, left side at the back, from middle to bottom, you may damage screen ribbon cable (visible in step 5, orange mark) if you push too deep. I was lucky to just unplug it, so I replaced screen successfully.

NOTE: very helpful hints in notes from Mike Kobb, there is no need to remove all connectors and all screws. Motherboard can be flipped over together with the frame. It shortens the entire procedure to just 20-25 minutes.

Zlatko - Reply

I would not have dared attempt to replace the screen without this guide. Well done! Omission of Steps 6, 7, and 8 as recommended by others worked perfectly.

msw3113 - Reply

There is no need to remove the battery (steps 2 and 4), the three cables framed in yellow (step 5), the sim-card holder (step 6) or the motherboard separate from the backing plate.

Backing plate with motherboard and battery comes out easily as a block (I think they are kept together by the two battery screws).

Maybe due to a lot of practice, I now replace a screen in about 10 minute.

Renaud Olgiati - Reply

Fabtastic but overcomplicated guide - thank you! Excellent comments also. Only 4 of the steps shown are required, and not even all parts of those steps:

1. Complete steps 1 & 3 as shown.

2. For step 2, only remove the 6 silver screws shown here [apologies for image quality] :

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N_9xA_G...

3. Step 5 just ‘carefully lift the ribbon cable to disconnect it from the motherboard’ . Don’t disconnect the other bits.

4. Take the screen out & check for display variants as mentioned above [ED060SCE(LF)T1-0I and ED060SC7(LF)C1 ].

You are done. Get new screen & reassemble.

Apart from replacing an iPhone battery, this is the only task like this I’ve ever done, and thanks to this great guide it’s really doable. I would be careful snapping back on the back cover, it does not go on easily. I lay my kindle flat ,screen down, it worked out OK. Lots of nasty snapping noises …

Ray OCinneide - Reply

Where can you buy a new screen? Powermedic is out of stock.

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