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Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement

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  1. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Make sure your Palm Pre is turned off before disassembling the phone.

    • Snap off the back panel to reveal the battery.

  2. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully pull up on the tab to remove the current battery.

  3. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement, Antenna: step 3, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement, Antenna: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Use the T5 Torx Screwdriver to remove the six screws holding the backing frame in place.

  4. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
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    • Locate the hinge that covers the black and white GPS and DIV antennas. (The hinge will be located in the red box as portrayed in the picture.)

    • Use a spudger to pry open the hinge.

    • Use tweezers to disconnect the antennas from the keypad control board.

  5. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to pry off the (black and yellow) back frame.

    • Disregard the main part of the phone at this point and look only at the inside of the removed back frame. (You will need the main part of the phone for access to the keyboard and motherboard)

  6. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Find the small circuit board at the top right and desolder the wires that are connected to it.

    • This step is only necessary for antenna removal.

  7. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement, Keypad Control Board: step 7, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
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    • Remove the two ribbon cable connectors using tweezers.

  8. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to remove the keypad control board.

    • There is heavy adhesive connecting this part to the keypad sensors.

  9. Palm Pre Keyboard Sensor Replacement, Keyboard: step 9, image 1 of 1
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
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    • Slide the keyboard away from the phone.

    • Use tweezers to separate the keyboard from the phone if adhesive is inhibiting removal.

  10. Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Use tweezers to peal keyboard sensor starting from the bottom.

    • There is heavy adhesive between the sensor and the metal plate. Do not be afraid to use some force.

Conclusion

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

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