Introduction

It is recommended to have some experience soldering before attempting this replacement. To remove the speaker, the speaker must be desoldered from the motherboard after separating the front and back device casing.

Image 1/1: Remove the screws on the four corners of the device with a phillips head, size 0 screwdriver.
  • Place the device on a flat surface with the screen facing down.

  • Remove the screws on the four corners of the device with a phillips head, size 0 screwdriver.

  • Be sure to keep track of where you place the screws. A magnetic project mat works great for this.

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Image 1/1: There is a ribbon cable that will still connect the front panel to the motherboard.
  • Using the plastic opening tool, gently pry apart the front and back casing panels around the edges of the device. While doing this the clips will gently be pried apart allowing you to separate the front and back casings.

  • There is a ribbon cable that will still connect the front panel to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Using the nylon or metal spudger, gently pop up the ZIF connector tab and remove the ribbon cable.  This will allow you to separate the front panel from the motherboard. Image 2/2: Gently pull the front panel away and set it on your workstation.
  • The ribbon cable is attached to the motherboard by a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector.

  • Using the nylon or metal spudger, gently pop up the ZIF connector tab and remove the ribbon cable. This will allow you to separate the front panel from the motherboard.

  • Gently pull the front panel away and set it on your workstation.

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Image 1/1: Using a plastic opening tool, gently lift the battery to break the adhesive which binds it to the back panel.
  • Make sure the back panel is lying on a flat surface with the open side showing up.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, gently lift the battery to break the adhesive which binds it to the back panel.

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Image 1/2: Now you may remove the motherboard, speaker, and battery as one unit from the back panel itself. Image 2/2: Flip over these components and gently place them down on your workstation, so that the back of the motherboard is revealed.
  • Unscrew the three screws holding the motherboard and speakers in place. Use a size 0 phillips head screwdriver.

  • Now you may remove the motherboard, speaker, and battery as one unit from the back panel itself.

  • Flip over these components and gently place them down on your workstation, so that the back of the motherboard is revealed.

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Image 1/3: Using a soldering iron, carefully desolder both wires allowing you to separate the speaker from the motherboard. Image 2/3: Using a soldering iron, carefully desolder both wires allowing you to separate the speaker from the motherboard. Image 3/3: Using a soldering iron, carefully desolder both wires allowing you to separate the speaker from the motherboard.
  • While inspecting the back of the motherboard, you will be able to see the two wires connecting it to the speaker. Both of these wires are soldered onto the motherboard itself so a soldering iron will be necessary to remove them.

  • Using a soldering iron, carefully desolder both wires allowing you to separate the speaker from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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