Introduction

How to remove the motherboard from the device.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/1: These screens are held in place by glue and are hard to remove. Take your time.
  • Remove speaker screens by working them lose with a plastic opening tool. You may need to first losen them with iFixit tweasers or a craft knife.

  • These screens are held in place by glue and are hard to remove. Take your time.

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  • Remove the 3.14" Philips screws from both spots that were covered.

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Image 1/1: It will make a popping sound each time one of the lock tabs is disconnected.
  • Go all around the casing prying the screen away from the backing with a spudger.

  • It will make a popping sound each time one of the lock tabs is disconnected.

  • DO NOT USE A METAL TOOL FOR THIS.

  • Take your time as you move all around the device prying the backing off.

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  • Pull off the plastic covering the battery cable.

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  • Gently pull on both sides of the plug to release it with either a plastic opening tool or your fingers.

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Image 1/1: The battery is held to the device by a bit of adhesive. Just pull the battery up from the tab and it will lift out with a bit effort.
  • Remove the battery by grabbing the tab shown and pulling up.

  • The battery is held to the device by a bit of adhesive. Just pull the battery up from the tab and it will lift out with a bit effort.

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Image 1/3: Make sure to get all the way under the speakers when prying. Image 2/3: Make sure to get all the way under the speakers when prying. Image 3/3: Make sure to get all the way under the speakers when prying.
  • The speakers are connected to the tablet by glue and require a lot of prying to remove.

  • Make sure to get all the way under the speakers when prying.

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Image 1/2: To the remove the wires heat the solder connecting the wires to the board, and gently pull on the wires. Image 2/2: Remember the placement of the red and black wires.
  • This step is not necessary if you aren't replacing the speakers.

  • To the remove the wires heat the solder connecting the wires to the board, and gently pull on the wires.

  • Remember the placement of the red and black wires.

  • Connect new speakers by soldering the wires onto the board.

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  • Use a spudger to pry the vibration motor up.

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Image 1/2: To remove wires first heat up soldering gun. Image 2/2: Heat up metal connecting the wires to the board.
  • This step is not necessary if you aren't replacing the vibration motor.

  • To remove wires first heat up soldering gun.

  • Heat up metal connecting the wires to the board.

  • Once the metal is heated to a melting point gently pull on the wire. The wires should come out with little effort.

  • The red wire goes on the left and the blue on the right.

  • To connect new vibration switch simply follow these steps in reverse.

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  • Remove the 3.16mm screws highlighted in red

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  • Force the ribbon cables out by pulling up the cables through the use of the plastic opening tool.

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  • Flip the black tab up to unlock the cables by using the plastic opening tool.

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  • Remove the piece of tape by pulling it up through the use of your hand.

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  • Remove the tape by pulling it up through the use of the plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/2: Lift the tab by pulling it up with your hand. Image 2/2: Lift the tab by pulling it up with your hand.
  • Unlike the other small connectors this one does not flip up. You need to pull the connector cable to release this

  • Lift the tab by pulling it up with your hand.

On this connector, the white portion of the tab lifts up rather than the black portion.

jpkennard - Reply

Don't forget the Camera connector on the opposite side! :) Almost missed him.

Mikel Farley - Reply

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  • Lift up the cables connected to the tab by using the spudger tool.

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  • Remove the tablet's Motherboard by lifting it up with your hands.

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Conclusion

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

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Just followed this on my father's tablet, worked like a charm!

One step missing, there's a connector for the camera between steps 16 and 17 that needs pried up before taking the board off.

Other than that THANK YOU!!! :)

Mikel Farley - Reply

Any schematics or board view for this board out there?

DANIEL HOCH - Reply

Best purchase of mother board?

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