Motorola Atrix 4G Motherboard Replacement

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This guide will show you how disassemble the Motorola Atrix 4G and remove the motherboard.

With this guide one will be able to disassemble their Motorola Atrix 4G and successfully remove the motherboard of the phone.

1 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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1 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Pry the rear cover from the back of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Lift the battery out of the phone.

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  • Insert a spudger or plastic opening tool into the small notch at the base of the battery.

  • Lift the battery out of the phone.

2 Edit Step 3 Antenna  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove three 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws from the back of the phone.

2 Edit Step 3 Antenna  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 5.0 mm T5 Torx screws from the corners of the phone.

  • Remove three 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws from the back of the phone.

  • Lift up the black rubber flap near the SD card slot.

  • Remove the single 5.5 mm T5 Torx screw beneath the flap.

  • Do not attempt to loosen the screws with too much force. These screws are small, and easily stripped.

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Image 1/2: Use the case opener or spudger in these small areas because the plastic tabs can be easily broken.

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  • Remove the back case of the phone by gently lifting the tabs located on top of the phone near the lock button.

  • Use the case opener or spudger in these small areas because the plastic tabs can be easily broken.

  • Lift the tabs located on the bottom of the phone to continue removing the back cover.

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Image 1/2: After separating the sides, make sure there is a noticeable gap between the back case and the rest of the phone.

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  • Slide an opening tool between the gap from the back of the case to the front.

  • After separating the sides, make sure there is a noticeable gap between the back case and the rest of the phone.

  • After detaching the tabs and sliding down the sides, there should be a noticeable gap between the front and back cases.

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Image 1/1: Do not completely remove the case from the rest of the phone. The antenna is connected to both cases.

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  • Carefully separate the back case from the rest of the phone by lifting it away from the phone.

  • Do not completely remove the case from the rest of the phone. The antenna is connected to both cases.

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  • Disconnect the antenna from its housing on the motherboard by gently lifting beneath it.

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Image 1/1: Once the antenna is detached, remove the back case and the antenna from the phone

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  • Ease the antenna from out of its guide along the side of the phone

  • Once the antenna is detached, remove the back case and the antenna from the phone

  • The antenna is soldered to the back case. Do not pull with too much force.

2 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: This can be done by placing a spudger in between the two ports on the phone, between the black plastic and motherboard, and prying out.

2 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • To remove the motherboard, first dislodge the right side of the motherboard, where the external connections are located, from the rest of the phone.

  • This can be done by placing a spudger in between the two ports on the phone, between the black plastic and motherboard, and prying out.

  • The motherboard should be able to be easily lifted upwards after dislodging it.

  • If the white rubber piece moves, replace it where it came from upon reassembly.

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Image 1/2: The connection highlighted with a red box must be pulled down instead of out.

1 Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • First, several connections must be disconnected to completely separate the motherboard from the rest of the phone.

  • The connection highlighted with a red box must be pulled down instead of out.

  • Using the spudger tool, separate the two connections on the motherboard highlighted with orange circles by pulling them out.

  • The black switch on top of this connection acts as a lock. Push it forwards to unlock the connection.

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  • After disconnecting the motherboard, there should be five distinct and separate parts of the phone: back cover, back case, front case, battery, and motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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9 Comments

Use the word "prying" rather than sliding. We were confused during this step.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Not a phillips head screwdriver. Indicate the appropriate tool.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Hex head screwdriver.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Red boxes around the tabs so all can be seen clearly. Change the bullet point to red to accommodate said boxes.

rubixtriangle - Reply

Specify--lift beneath it near the gold metal piece located on the phone (not the back case)

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Add picture for "easing out of the guide." Also, specify that you must unclip the guide from the phone.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Specify "right side."

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Not clear instructions. Clear/white rubber piece came off during removal--make a note of that possibility.

Ben Sweeney - Reply

Add color bullets.

Ben Sweeney - Reply