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Is your camera still not turning on even with a working battery? Are your pictures not storing properly? Is your screen working, but still not displaying pictures? These problems may be due to a broken or faulty motherboard.

Image 1/3: The battery housing door should swing open. Image 2/3: The battery housing door should swing open. Image 3/3: The battery housing door should swing open.
  • Looking at the bottom of the camera, slide the OPEN/LOCK switch to the left into the OPEN position.

  • The battery housing door should swing open.

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  • Flip the inside switch up to release the battery.

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Image 1/1: Use a LUMIX Panasonic DMW-BLE9PP Battery Pack for replacement.
  • Grip the edge of the battery and pull it out.

  • Use a LUMIX Panasonic DMW-BLE9PP Battery Pack for replacement.

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Image 1/3: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the five 4.5 mm screws located on the bottom of the camera and the top one on the left side, with the lens facing you. Image 2/3: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws, one below the lens and one on the left side. Image 3/3: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 7.1 mm screw from the right side of the camera.
  • Some of these screws may have adhesive to keep the camera from being taken apart so push hard with the screwdriver and turn slowly to avoid stripping screws.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the five 4.5 mm screws located on the bottom of the camera and the top one on the left side, with the lens facing you.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws, one below the lens and one on the left side.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 7.1 mm screw from the right side of the camera.

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Image 1/1: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 2.5 mm screw underneath the viewfinder.
  • The viewfinder in this picture is taken off of the camera to more easily see where the screw is located. It is not actually removed from the camera.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 2.5 mm screw underneath the viewfinder.

  • Pull the black plastic piece off of the viewfinder.

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Image 1/3: Remove the small metal insert that rests beneath the black plastic piece by pulling outward, away from the lens side of the camera. Image 2/3: You may need a spudger or prying device to remove the metal piece by lifting the back end up. Image 3/3: You may need a spudger or prying device to remove the metal piece by lifting the back end up.
  • Slide out the black plastic piece that acts as a placeholder for an attachable lens on the top of the camera.

  • Remove the small metal insert that rests beneath the black plastic piece by pulling outward, away from the lens side of the camera.

  • You may need a spudger or prying device to remove the metal piece by lifting the back end up.

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Image 1/1: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove all four of the 7.1mm screws that are under the metal piece.
  • Some of these screws may have adhesive to keep the camera from being taken apart so push hard with the screwdriver and turn slowly to avoid stripping screws.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove all four of the 7.1mm screws that are under the metal piece.

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Image 1/1: Pry off the back of the camera using a spudger starting from the top right side of the LCD screen.
  • There may be adhesive holding the back on, so pry carefully to not break any of the ribbon cables underneath.

  • Pry off the back of the camera using a spudger starting from the top right side of the LCD screen.

The top right is stuck that i cannot pry off the back plate, is there a screw or some adhesive ?

parentshyps - Reply

there's a screw that mount the 4-way scroll wheel to the back plate, DO NOT try to pry off the back plate as shown in the photo by force.

You should pry off the back plate with the scroll wheel, and then detach the flat cable on the camera.

jenghanhsieh - Reply

My device had a additional screw underneath the rubber piece. I had to remove the rubber piece partially and then I could remove the screw (silver one with a big, flat head). Now I could continue to remove the back. Also the 4-way scroll wheel and buttons are screwed to the back plate, so two screws this guide doesnt show.

Rincewind - Reply

Agree with the comments above. The screw pictured in Step 9 is behind the rubber thumb rest in step 8 and must be removed before the back can be taken off. Also, the buttons are attached to the back plate by a screw, so will come off with the back plate. They are attached to the motherboard with a ribbon cable that must be disconnected.

Damon Schreiber - Reply

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  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 7.5mm screw on the top right of the back of the camera that holds the metal backing in place.

I had to remove this screw in the previous step, otherwise I couldn't remove the back.

Rincewind - Reply

Image 1/3: Pry off the silver metal backing with a spudger. Image 2/3: Pull out the ribbon cable that attaches the LCD screen to the motherboard. Image 3/3: If need be, use a plastic spudger to pry the ribbon cable out of its socket.
  • Lift the LCD screen away from the device.

  • Pry off the silver metal backing with a spudger.

  • Pull out the ribbon cable that attaches the LCD screen to the motherboard.

  • If need be, use a plastic spudger to pry the ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Remove the LCD screen.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect the 9 visible ribbon cables/ZIF connectors by flipping the black bars up and pulling the ribbon straight out of the connector.
  • You may need to use tweezers and a spudger to disconnect some of the ribbon cables so they do not break.

  • Disconnect the 9 visible ribbon cables/ZIF connectors by flipping the black bars up and pulling the ribbon straight out of the connector.

  • Learn more about disconnecting ZIF connectors here.

All of these connectors have a backflip mechanism (a bar is flipped up to allow insertion or removal of the ribbon cable) except the smallest two. One is pictured in this photo second from left on top, and the other is hidden on the top underneath other cables. These two connectors have no locking mechanism. The cable is simply pulled directly out.

Damon Schreiber - Reply

Image 1/1: Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 2.5 mm screw.
  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws.

  • Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the 2.5 mm screw.

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Image 1/2: The black plastic piece is still on the viewfinder in this image, but should have been removed during LCD screen removal. Image 2/2: The black plastic piece is still on the viewfinder in this image, but should have been removed during LCD screen removal.
  • Use two fingers to gently pull the viewfinder toward you and out of its housing.

  • The black plastic piece is still on the viewfinder in this image, but should have been removed during LCD screen removal.

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  • Start at the top of the camera and use the plastic spudger to pry the motherboard out of the camera.

on my model i had to pop out the plastic frame surround holding the flip out hdmi cover - until that was popped out the motherboard would not come - after though - easy as pie...

Kevin Holmes - Reply

Conclusion

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

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