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Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement

What you need

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

  3. Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement, Antenna: step 3, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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 Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Motherboard 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 Motherboard 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. Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 10, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four Phillips head screws using the #00 screw driver.

    • You might have to slide the keyboard up or down to access all four screws.

  11. Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
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    • Lift up slightly on the backing plate.

    • Do not tear the ribbon cables when removing the backing plate. Instead use tweezers to remove them.

  12. Palm Pre Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Now you have access to the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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