Introduction

This guide requires soldering skills and the removal of both the battery and the motherboard. This is one of the harder guides.

Image 1/1: With the device screen face down,  use the metal spudger to remove the small rubber circles on all four corners of the device. The screws should now be revealed.
  • Make sure your device is powered off before replacement to prevent electric shock.

  • With the device screen face down, use the metal spudger to remove the small rubber circles on all four corners of the device. The screws should now be revealed.

  • Using the metal spudger, pry open the small, long rubber rectangle on the back of the device to reveal more screws.

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Image 1/1: Using the same screwdriver, remove the three screws that were behind the rubber rectangle.  These screws do not come out of the device.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.8mm screws from the four corners of the device.

  • Using the same screwdriver, remove the three screws that were behind the rubber rectangle. These screws do not come out of the device.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to gently pry open the back panel of the tablet.

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Image 1/1: Make sure you do not damage the battery or metal plate in this process and only use a nylon spudger.  Be patient and work slowly for the best results.
  • Use the nylon spudger to gently pry under the battery to remove it.

  • Make sure you do not damage the battery or metal plate in this process and only use a nylon spudger. Be patient and work slowly for the best results.

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Image 1/1: For advice on how to solder, check out [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|iFixit's Soldering Guide].
  • Use a soldering iron to remove the battery from the motherboard safely.

  • For advice on how to solder, check out iFixit's Soldering Guide.

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Image 1/2: Slowly pull the ribbon wire out of the switch to free it. Image 2/2: Slowly pull the ribbon wire out of the switch to free it.
  • Using the plastic opening tool, gently push the two small, black and white switches out in the direction of the ribbon wires.

  • Slowly pull the ribbon wire out of the switch to free it.

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Image 1/1: Carefully pull the ribbon wire out of the switch
  • Push the larger black and white strip leading to a ribbon wire upward using the plastic opening tool.

  • Carefully pull the ribbon wire out of the switch

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  • Unscrew the five 4 mm screws around the perimeter of the motherboard using the ph00 size phillips head screwdriver.

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  • Remove the button board by unscrewing two more 4 mm screws and one 6.5 mm screw

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Image 1/1: For how to solder, check out [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|iFixit's Soldering Guide].
  • Solder off connections from the wire connecting the motherboard to the speaker.

  • For how to solder, check out iFixit's Soldering Guide.

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Image 1/2: For how to solder, check out [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|iFixit's Soldering Guide] Image 2/2: For how to solder, check out [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|iFixit's Soldering Guide]

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Conclusion

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

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