Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation Motherboard Replacement

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How to dissemble a Kindle Paperwhite in order to replace the motherboard.

Replace your Kindle's old motherboard with a new one.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

Edit Step 1 Case  ¶ 

  • Using a spudger or plastic opening tool, gently pry the bezel from the screen. It is easier to start in the corners and work your way around the bezel.

  • Do not insert the spudger too far under the bezel; it could easily damage the screen.

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Image 1/3: At the top of the display, a strip of black tape covers one screw.

1 Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the eleven 3.0 mm Phillips screws surrounding the midframe.

  • At the top of the display, a strip of black tape covers one screw.

1 Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

1 Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the midframe out of the case.

  • If the midframe is stuck, slide it to the left first, and then lift it out.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws securing the battery to the midframe.

Edit Step 4 Battery  ¶ 

  • Turn over the midframe to locate the battery.

  • Remove the three Phillips 3.0 mm screws securing the battery to the midframe.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the battery from the bottom, and slide it out of the midframe.

2 Edit Step 6 Motherboard  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Place the device so the midframe's backside faces up. Start with the cable on the bottom left corner.

2 Edit Step 6 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • With the case and battery removed from the midframe, begin removing all cables attached to the motherboard.

  • Place the device so the midframe's backside faces up. Start with the cable on the bottom left corner.

  • Use a spudger to lift up the white locking cable tensioner and slide the flex cable out.

  • Proceed counterclockwise to the next cable and repeat.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the white flex cable by gently lifting the yellow plastic connector.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use a spudger to lift up and disconnect the cable tensioner.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the yellow anti-static tape from the display ribbon cable connector.

  • Use a spudger to lift up and disconnect the cable tensioner.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Three silver screws with silver washers

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use a Philips screwdriver to remove the seven 3.0 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard:

    • Three silver screws with silver washers

    • Two silver screws with no washers

    • One black screw with a golden washer

    • One black screw with a square washer

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

Not sure if this is an error, but on the 3G paperwhite, we needed to use a #0 Phillips, not a #2. Great guide otherwise!

Caleb Begly - Reply

Please suggest what type of controller is used and the model and flash memory in the Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation?

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Elecrash - Reply

On 3G version you will not have the top middle screw.

BJones - Reply

There are clips in the bottom of the case helping hold the midframe in. Lift the top of the midframe up enough to clear the black back piece and then slide up and out.

BJones - Reply

The second connector is not exactly a "repeat". The lock to be lifted is on the cable side, whereas the first connector's lock is away from the cable.

Yishai Sered - Reply

Does anyone know the part number or for that matter where i can purchase the original LED assembly?

Thanks

naz zan - Reply