Introduction

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

Parts

No parts required.

Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb. Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone. Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.
  • Slide the battery cover downwards while applying pressure to the center of the battery cover with your thumb.

  • Lift and remove the battery cover out from the phone.

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Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.
  • Grasp the upper left corner of the battery and lift it out of its housing.

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Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.
  • Use a spudger to lift and remove the black plastic screw cover at the top of the phone near the camera.

  • The cover is attached by adhesive, so some force may be required.

This is actually extremely difficult to do with the plastic spudger pictured. I was forced to use the thin sharp tip on a metal spudger to get any leverage, which slightly damages the plastic.

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Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment. Peel the ribbon up off the phone.
  • Using the tip of a spudger, peel up one corner of the gold ribbon beneath the battery compartment.

  • Peel the ribbon up off the phone.

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Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields. This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.
  • Carefully peel the device information label that covers the motherboard EMI shields.

  • This label contains important information specific to the phone. Remove it with care and keep it in a safe place.

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Insert the flat end of a spudger and pry the plastic camera cover up off the phone.
  • 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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Remove the seven 5.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the rear case to the inner case.
  • 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.
  • 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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Gently insert a spudger between the rear case and front case at the top of the phone, near the audio jack.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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.

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Carefully lift and remove the speaker assembly up out of the phone.
  • Carefully lift and remove the speaker assembly up out of the phone.

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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. 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 tape covering the side button and display ribbon connectors on the motherboard.
  • Peel the black tape 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.
  • 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.
  • Disconnect the display ribbon connector from its socket on the motherboard using the flat end of a spudger.

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Remove three 3.8 mm T5 Torx screws securing the motherboard to the front case.
  • 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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Carefully lift the motherboard from the front case and lay it next to the Droid, minding the keypad connector that is still attached. 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, 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 phone.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi all,

Can anyone please suggest me should I dump my motorola droid. I have taken it to fix-it shops and they all have the same answer the mother board is gone

So, is it better to buy a new mother board which would cost me as much as a new phone or just sell it for nickels on Ebay

please reply pbansal1@jhu.edu

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