Introduction

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

Image 1/2: Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover. Image 2/3: Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open. Image 2/3: There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart. Image 3/3: 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.

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  • 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.

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?

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  • Separate the front and rear cases.

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Image 1/2: The easiest access to the battery cable retainer is where the battery cable comes out. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Remove the plastic battery retaining bar. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: Guide the battery wires through the hole in the back casing as you remove the battery. Image 2/3: Guide the battery wires through the hole in the back casing as you remove the battery. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Using a spudger, gently peel up the right speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Image 2/3: Remove the right speaker. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Using a spudger, gently peel up the left speaker from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Image 2/3: Remove the left speaker. Image 3/3: 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.

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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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