Introduction

Follow this guide to replace your Droid 2's broken or malfunctioning motherboard.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/3: Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone. Image 2/3: Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone. Image 3/3: Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone.
  • Slide the battery cover toward the bottom edge of the phone.

  • Remove the battery cover from the rear of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Remove the battery from the Droid 2. Image 2/2: Remove the battery from the Droid 2.
  • Lift the battery out of the Droid 2 from the edge closest to the bottom of the phone.

  • Remove the battery from the Droid 2.

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Image 1/2: Peel the ribbon off the phone. Image 2/2: Peel the ribbon off the phone.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the silver ribbon below the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon off the phone.

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Image 1/1: The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.

  • The thin plastic cover is attached to the phone with an adhesive. Work slowly and carefully.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the camera bezel stuck to the rear case.

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  • Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.

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  • Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry downwards to release the plastic tab holding the rear case to the motherboard screw.

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Image 1/1: Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.
  • Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.

  • Carefully pry the top edge of the rear case up from the rest of the phone.

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Image 1/2: Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel. Image 2/2: Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.
  • With the spudger still inserted between the rear case and front case, slide the spudger along the right edge of the device, moving toward the bottom, prying as you go.

  • Continue prying along the bottom edge of the device from right to left, freeing it from the front panel.

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Image 1/2: Lift the rear case up out of the phone. Image 2/2: At this point, the button covers on the side of the phone are free and may fall out if you tip the phone upside down.
  • Continue prying the rear case from the front case along the left side, moving from bottom to top.

  • Lift the rear case up out of the phone.

  • At this point, the button covers on the side of the phone are free and may fall out if you tip the phone upside down.

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Image 1/1: If you are re-assembling your phone, insert any power, camera, or volume buttons that may have fallen out at this point.
  • Carefully lift the speaker/antenna assembly up and out of the phone.

  • If you are re-assembling your phone, insert any power, camera, or volume buttons that may have fallen out at this point.

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Image 1/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case. Image 2/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case. Image 3/3: De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.
  • Use a spudger to pry the antenna cable connectors from their respective sockets on the motherboard and the speaker/antenna board.

  • De-route the antenna cable by pulling it out of the metal clips along the side of the front case.

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  • Peel the black rubber sheet covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.

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  • Disconnect the power button/volume button connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to remove the small black plastic piece stuck to the battery connector.

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Image 1/1: Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.
  • Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.

  • Don't attempt to remove the motherboard yet, it is still attached by the keypad ribbon connector.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it  straight up off its socket on the motherboard.
  • Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid 2, minding the keypad connector that is still attached.

  • Disconnect the keypad connector by prying it straight up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the Droid 2.

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Conclusion

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

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