Introduction

This guide takes you through the process of installing the rear panel. The rear panel houses the rear touch pad.

Power off and remove the memory card. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.
  • Power off and remove the memory card.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.

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Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.
  • Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.

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Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port. Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.
  • Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.

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Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases. Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open. There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.
  • Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases.

  • Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open.

  • There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.

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Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together. Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.
  • Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.

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Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.
  • Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.

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Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.
  • Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.

Any idea what type of pcb header is on the board for the battery? I have a motherboard with a broken header but I cant source a replacement

Jimbo Jones - Reply

This is where I screwed up so I recommend extra caution for other newbies. Only the black part is supposed to come off. Don't be an idiot like me and pry off too much...

ylimakiminna - Reply

Yea I messed up there too. Is there a way to fix it?

Alethia Henry - Reply

Separate the front and rear cases.
  • Separate the front and rear cases.

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With the help of a spudger, gently pry off and remove the battery cable retainer on the back casing assembly. The easiest access to the battery cable retainer is where the battery cable comes out.
  • With the help of a spudger, gently pry off and remove the battery cable retainer on the back casing assembly.

    • The easiest access to the battery cable retainer is where the battery cable comes out.

    • You can also use the two small tabs on the side of the cable retainer. Locate the tabs and release one at a time. Be a little careful not to push the cover in and re-lock it.

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Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.0mm blue battery case screws. Remove the plastic battery retaining bar.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.0mm blue battery case screws.

  • Remove the plastic battery retaining bar.

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Using your finger or a spudger, lift the battery out and remove it. Guide the battery wires through the hole in the back casing as you remove the battery. Guide the battery wires through the hole in the back casing as you remove the battery.
  • Using your finger or a spudger, lift the battery out and remove it.

  • Guide the battery wires through the hole in the back casing as you remove the battery.

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Slide the spuder between the right speaker and the rear casing. Using a spudger, gently peel up the right speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Remove the right speaker.
  • Slide the spuder between the right speaker and the rear casing.

  • Using a spudger, gently peel up the right speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

  • Remove the right speaker.

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Slide the spudger between the left speaker and the rear casing. Using a spudger, gently peel up the left speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Remove the left speaker.
  • Slide the spudger between the left speaker and the rear casing.

  • Using a spudger, gently peel up the left speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

  • Remove the left speaker.

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The rear panel remains.
  • The rear panel remains.

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Conclusion

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

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I really enjoyed Your article ! I'm about to replace the touch pad, i got a Vita recently but it has some Heavy scuffs. I've seen the back touch pad has adhesive attached on it. I bought a replacement On Ebay. I'm not sure if the replacement has adhesive with it. If it doesn't what would be your guys Thoughts on what i should use?

Daniel - Reply

lol you will need some kind of adhesive its called common sense if Sony use it you use it simple

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I can't get pass Step 1. I can take out the bottom left screw of the rear touchpad but I can't take out the other 3. I bought a used Vita and there is a screw that turns but does not gout up. What should I do?

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