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  ¶ 

  • Gently pry the bezel off the screen using a spudger. 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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

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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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

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.

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.

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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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

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