Introduction

Need to clean out every last speck of dust? Scratched your sensor filter? Swapping out the filter for a custom modification? This guide can help.

Image 1/3: Unscrew the eight Phillips #00 screws on the back panel: Image 2/3: Two 2.5x6mm screws above the screen. Image 3/3: One 3x6mm screw on the upper part of '''each''' side (two total; right side shown).
  • The battery door has been removed for clarity, but is not necessary. See this guide for how to remove it.

  • Unscrew the eight Phillips #00 screws on the back panel:

    • Two 2.5x6mm screws above the screen.

    • One 3x6mm screw on the upper part of each side (two total; right side shown).

    • One 3x7.5mm screw on the lower part of each side (two total).

    • Two 3x4.5mm screws on the bottom.

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Image 1/3: Doing this will also release the connector cover on the left side. Set it aside for now, but remember to reinstall it later. Image 2/3: Disconnect the ribbon cable by flipping the black tab up, then pulling the cable out. Image 3/3: This procedure also applies to all of the other ribbon cables in the D5000.
  • Pull the back panel up, then tilt it back. There will be two cables still holding it on.

    • Doing this will also release the connector cover on the left side. Set it aside for now, but remember to reinstall it later.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable by flipping the black tab up, then pulling the cable out.

    • This procedure also applies to all of the other ribbon cables in the D5000.

  • Pull out the other connector by lifting it up with tweezers, or by prying it out. Fingernails also work well.

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Image 1/3: Pry off the gold-plated connector with an opening tool, spudger, tweezers, or a fingernail. Image 2/3: Disconnect a seventh ribbon cable in the lower-right corner. Image 3/3: Disconnect a seventh ribbon cable in the lower-right corner.
  • Disconnect the six ribbon cables by releasing the clips and pulling the cables out.

  • Pry off the gold-plated connector with an opening tool, spudger, tweezers, or a fingernail.

  • Disconnect a seventh ribbon cable in the lower-right corner.

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  • Desolder the five wires attached to the back of the board.

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Image 1/2: One is hiding under the wide ribbon cable in the lower-right corner. Image 2/2: One is hiding under the wide ribbon cable in the lower-right corner.
  • Remove the five silver Phillips #00 4x4mm screws.

    • One is hiding under the wide ribbon cable in the lower-right corner.

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Image 1/2: Remove the white cable connector by pulling it out of its socket with a spudger or fingernails. Image 2/2: Remove the white cable connector by pulling it out of its socket with a spudger or fingernails.
  • Flip up the motherboard.

  • Remove the white cable connector by pulling it out of its socket with a spudger or fingernails.

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  • Remove the L-shaped ribbon cable from both of its connectors.

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Image 1/2: Between the metal backing plate and the standoffs for each screw is a copper washer. Don't lose them! Image 2/2: Flip the sensor board out.
  • Remove the three silver 5x5mm screws.

    • Between the metal backing plate and the standoffs for each screw is a copper washer. Don't lose them!

  • Flip the sensor board out.

  • Be extremely careful from this point on. Dust or scratches on any part of the sensor or its filters can affect picture quality.

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Image 1/2: Pull the cover straight up to remove it. Image 2/2: Pull the cover straight up to remove it.
  • Remove the four silver 3.5x3.5mm screws securing the dust cover.

  • Pull the cover straight up to remove it.

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  • To remove the sensor filter, pull back the rubber gasket to expose the edge. Use a spudger or opening tool to carefully pry out the filter.

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Conclusion

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

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