Introduction

How to remove the motherboard from the device.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

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

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Go all around the casing prying the screen away from the backing with a spudger.
  • 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.
  • 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. Gently pull on both sides of the plug to release it with either a plastic opening tool or your fingers.
  • Gently pull on both sides of the plug to release it with either a plastic opening tool or your fingers.

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Remove the battery by grabbing the tab shown and pulling up.
  • 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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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. 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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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.
  • 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.
  • Use a spudger to pry the vibration motor up.

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This step is not necessary if you aren't replacing the vibration motor. To remove wires first heat up soldering gun.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Remove the tape by pulling  it up through the use of the plastic opening tool.
  • Remove the tape by pulling it up through the use of the plastic opening tool.

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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.
  • 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

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