Introduction

You will start by isolating the motherboard and then continue to make the suggested repairs by soldering.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Power down and unplug the device.
    • Power down and unplug the device.

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  2. Remove the antennas from the back of the device. To do this, follow steps 1 and 2 of      Installing the Antennas Guide: Linksys WAP54g Antennas Replacement

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    • Remove the two black rubber feet of the device using the screwdriver. The feet are located on the bottom towards the front.

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    • Once the feet are removed, two small screws will be visible. With a small screwdriver, unscrew them. Screws are phillips head, 4.35 mm in diameter, 7.88 mm in length.

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    • To remove the front blue panel, grip firmly and place thumbs in the two notches on top. Push thumbs forward while keeping a firm grip on bottom.

    • This may require a bit of force.

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    • Now slide the bottom panel forward and remove it so the top casing is isolated from the bottom casing and motherboard.

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    • Unscrew the nut on the outer side of the back casing. Remove the nut and the washer from both antenna mounts.

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    • From here, remove the wires and nuts connected to the back panel by pulling the nuts through the holes.

    • Now the top casing has been removed and isolated from the rest of the device. From here, you can make repairs to the top casing.

    • Once the top panel is removed the main board will still be attached to the bottom panel.

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    • Unscrew the two screws that connect the motherboard to the bottom casing.

    • The motherboard and bottom casing should be completely separated at this point. This allows for replacement of the motherboard and/ or its components as well as the bottom casing.

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    • Using a soldering iron, desolder the LED lights from the bottom of the logic board.

    • For help with soldering or desoldering refer to ifixit's soldering guide: How To Solder and Desolder Connections

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    • Place new LED lights through holes created by desoldering and removing old lights.

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    • Solder the lights onto the bottom of the board to solidify the connection and make electrical contact.

    • Follow the Installing the Casing guide in reverse to re-assemble your device.

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Conclusion

Once the soldering is complete, the device should work and the LED lights should light up.

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