Introduction

This guide will go over how to replace the cameras on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, also known as the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017). The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has two cameras: one front facing and one rear facing. Both are located underneath the black tie bar. The iOpener is used in this guide, but a hair dryer or heat gun could also be used. See instructions for the iOpener here.

Heat the iOpener tool and apply to one edge of the device.
  • Heat the iOpener tool and apply to one edge of the device.

  • Heat guns or blow dryers may work but run a higher risk of damaging the screen and other components.

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Pry up the screen with a plastic opening tool or a plastic opening pick.
  • Pry up the screen with a plastic opening tool or a plastic opening pick.

  • Attempt to begin prying from the speaker slots.

  • Multiple heating applications may be necessary to effectively pry up the screen from the adhesive.

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  • Pry up the metal shield covering the smaller ribbon cable port using the plastic opening tool.

  • Disconnect the smaller ribbon cable by prying up with the nylon spudger.

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  • Pry up the metal shield covering the larger ribbon cable port using the plastic opening tool and remove.

  • Disconnect the larger ribbon cable by prying up with the nylon spudger.

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  • Remove the screen from the rest of the device .

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  • Pry off the protective metal shield covering the main processor using either the nylon spudger or the plastic opening tool.

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  • Remove the four silver Torx T5 x 3mm screws holding the heat sink onto the main processor.

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  • Remove the remaining five black Torx T4 x 3mm screws holding down the heat sink assembly.

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  • Remove the heat sink from the device by grabbing one of the copper bars with your fingers and lifting straight up.

  • Avoid touching the thermal paste that is on the back of the heat sink and on the front of the CPU. If you get thermal paste on your hands, wash it off with mild soap and water.

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  • Remove the Torx T5 x 6mm screw connecting the black tie bar to the power button/volume control/speaker assembly.

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  • Remove the remaining three Torx T5 x 4.5mm screws holding down the camera tie bar.

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  • Disconnect the small ribbon cable connecting the camera tie bar to the motherboard by pulling up with tweezers.

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  • Lift the camera tie bar off of the device.

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  • Pry off the metal cover covering the front and rear camera ribbon cable motherboard connections using a nylon spudger.

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  • Lift the front camera ribbon cable off the motherboard using the nylon spudger.

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  • Remove the front camera.

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  • Remove the two Torx T3 x 2.5mm screws holding down the rear camera.

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  • Lift the rear camera ribbon cable off the motherboard using the nylon spudger.

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  • Remove the rear camera.

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Conclusion

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

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In step 19, there is a loose, clear plastic piece next to the front camera. In my disassembly, that piece managed to get lost. Can anyone tell me what the name of that part is, and where I can get one?

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