Introduction

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.

  1. 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. 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.

  2. Flip the inside switch up to release the battery. Flip the inside switch up to release the battery.
    • Flip the inside switch up to release the battery.

  3. Grip the edge of the battery and pull it out.
    • Grip the edge of the battery and pull it out.

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

  4. 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.
    • 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.

  5. 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.
    • 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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  7. 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.
    • 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.

  8. 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.
    • 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.

  9. There may be adhesive holding the back on, so pry carefully to not break any of the ribbon cables underneath.
    • 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.

  10. 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.
    • 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.

  11. 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.
    • 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.

  12. You may need to use tweezers and a spudger to disconnect some of the ribbon cables so they do not break.
    • You may need to use tweezers and a spudger to disconnect some of the ribbon cables so they do not break.

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

    • Disconnect two more cables in the upper left corner of the board, hidden behind the visible cables.

    • Learn more about disconnecting ZIF connectors here.

  13. Use a Phillips #000 screwdriver to remove the two 4.5 mm screws.
    • 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.

  14. 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.
    • 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.

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

Conclusion

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

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