Introduction

Before getting started you should find a static free environment and a table for adequate workspace. Also, make sure you have all the required tools before trying to replace the components in the device to avoid breaking anything.

Image 1/3: Locate the small tab, marked with the lock symbol on the upper right hand of your IdeaTab above the volume control buttons. Use your fingernail to gently loosen this tab. Image 2/3: Use your Phillips #000 screwdriver and remove the 3.5mm screw and put it aside. Image 3/3: Using your blue, plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the back panel away from the front panel starting by where the screw was.
  • Be sure to power off your device before taking it apart.

  • Locate the small tab, marked with the lock symbol on the upper right hand of your IdeaTab above the volume control buttons. Use your fingernail to gently loosen this tab.

  • Use your Phillips #000 screwdriver and remove the 3.5mm screw and put it aside.

  • Using your blue, plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the back panel away from the front panel starting by where the screw was.

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Image 1/3: Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver remove the 7 silver 3.5mm screws from the back plate. Image 2/3: Next, with the same screwdriver, remove the black 4.1mm screw. Image 3/3: Gently remove the back plate from the device.
  • Locate the black back plate, above the battery.

  • Using a Phillips #000 screwdriver remove the 7 silver 3.5mm screws from the back plate.

  • Next, with the same screwdriver, remove the black 4.1mm screw.

  • Gently remove the back plate from the device.

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Image 1/3: Again, use the plastic opening tool to loosen the battery from the device by lifting up on the battery on all sides. This will detach the battery from the adhesive. Image 2/3: Gently place the battery aside. Image 3/3: Gently place the battery aside.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to disconnect the battery wires from the system board. Slide your opening tool under the white plastic piece and pry it up.

  • Again, use the plastic opening tool to loosen the battery from the device by lifting up on the battery on all sides. This will detach the battery from the adhesive.

  • Gently place the battery aside.

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Image 1/3: Slide the volume button upwards to remove it. Image 2/3: On the top-left of the device there is a power button similar to the volume button. Remove it by sliding the button upwards. Image 3/3: On the top-left of the device there is a power button similar to the volume button. Remove it by sliding the button upwards.
  • Locate the volume button on the right hand side of the tablet.

  • Slide the volume button upwards to remove it.

  • On the top-left of the device there is a power button similar to the volume button. Remove it by sliding the button upwards.

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Image 1/1: The FPC is adhered to the device frame. Remove it by prying it off using a tweezer or plastic opening tool.
  • Locate the volume button mechanism, or FPC.

  • The FPC is adhered to the device frame. Remove it by prying it off using a tweezer or plastic opening tool.

  • Remove the FPC that is on the left of the volume button FPC.

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Image 1/1: Remove the power button FPC by prying it off using a tweezer or plastic opening tool.
  • Locate the power button FPC.

  • Remove the power button FPC by prying it off using a tweezer or plastic opening tool.

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  • Remove the circular motor unit by gently pulling up on it and prying it up using tweezers.

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Image 1/3: To disconnect this component you must first detach it from the white connector. Image 2/3: To detach it from the connector, use a tweezer to gently flip the black piece up to a 90 degree angle. Image 3/3: The white connector may have a yellow mylar sticker over it. Peel off the sticker and continue.
  • Locate the component with a QR code printed on it.

  • To disconnect this component you must first detach it from the white connector.

  • To detach it from the connector, use a tweezer to gently flip the black piece up to a 90 degree angle.

    • The white connector may have a yellow mylar sticker over it. Peel off the sticker and continue.

  • Once the black piece is pointing up, the orange wires can be removed from the connectors. Using a tweezer pull the orange wires horizontally outwards from the white connector.

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Image 1/3: To detach it from the connector, use a tweezer to gently rotate the black piece on the connector 90 degrees so it is pointing up. Image 2/3: There may be a yellow mylar sticker on top of the white connector. Peel off the sticker and continue. Image 3/3: Once the black piece is pointing up the orange wires can be removed from the connectors. Using a tweezer pull the orange wire horizontally outwards from the white connector.
  • Locate the orange cable to the right of the battery tray.

  • To detach it from the connector, use a tweezer to gently rotate the black piece on the connector 90 degrees so it is pointing up.

    • There may be a yellow mylar sticker on top of the white connector. Peel off the sticker and continue.

  • Once the black piece is pointing up the orange wires can be removed from the connectors. Using a tweezer pull the orange wire horizontally outwards from the white connector.

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  • Using a #000 Phillips screwdriver, remove the two M1.4 3.5mm screws from the system board and set them aside.

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Image 1/2: Remove the audio assembly by inserting the tweezers in the circular hole in the black plastic box and pulling upwards. Image 2/2: Remove the audio assembly by inserting the tweezers in the circular hole in the black plastic box and pulling upwards.
  • Locate the audio assembly near the top-right of the device.

  • Remove the audio assembly by inserting the tweezers in the circular hole in the black plastic box and pulling upwards.

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Image 1/2: Remove the microphone from its cavity by using a tweezer to pull up the black a red cords and microphone with them. Image 2/2: Remove the microphone from its cavity by using a tweezer to pull up the black a red cords and microphone with them.
  • Locate the microphone at the bottom of the device.

  • Remove the microphone from its cavity by using a tweezer to pull up the black a red cords and microphone with them.

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  • The system board is now completely free from the device. Carefully lift the system board up off of the device and place on a padded surface.

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Conclusion

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

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