Introduction

This replacement process calls for soldering electronic components and very steady hands. For more information about desoldering, take a look at this helpful guide.

Image 1/2: If the screw heads have corroded or been stripped, it may be necessary to use a larger screwdriver head, such as the J0. Image 2/2: If the screw heads have corroded or been stripped, it may be necessary to use a larger screwdriver head, such as the J0.
  • Remove the two 7 mm screws on the top of the device using a J00 Phillips screwdriver, turning the screws counterclockwise.

  • If the screw heads have corroded or been stripped, it may be necessary to use a larger screwdriver head, such as the J0.

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Image 1/2: Lift the device off of the case and flip over the device so that it sits screen side down. Image 2/2: The device is now free from the plastic casing.
  • Pry the seam between the screen and the case on all four sides with a large plastic opening tool until the plastic case comes off.

  • Lift the device off of the case and flip over the device so that it sits screen side down.

  • The device is now free from the plastic casing.

  • The power and/or volume buttons may fall out at this point. There is no problem with this; however, be sure to remember to reinstall them when reassembling the device.

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Image 1/3: Desolder from the motherboard the red wire that connects to the speaker unit. Image 2/3: Desolder from the motherboard the black wire that connects to the speaker unit. Image 3/3: Desolder from the motherboard the gray wire that runs along the edge of the device.
  • Desolder the following components from the motherboard.

  • Desolder from the motherboard the red wire that connects to the speaker unit.

  • Desolder from the motherboard the black wire that connects to the speaker unit.

  • Desolder from the motherboard the gray wire that runs along the edge of the device.

  • Desolder from the motherboard the red wire that connects to the battery unit.

  • Desolder from the motherboard the black wire that connects to the battery unit.

  • The motherboard will now be detached from any wires connecting to the device.

  • If any of the wires do not detach completely during the desoldering process, then gently pull them off using tweezers.

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Image 1/3: Use a small plastic opening tool to slide the two small black holding clips off of the white connector to which the medium width yellow ribbon cable is attached. Image 2/3: Use your fingers to gently pull the medium width yellow ribbon cable out of the white connector. Image 3/3: Repeat the last two actions to disconnect the narrower yellow ribbon cable '''and''' the wider yellow ribbon cable from the motherboard.
  • Use tweezers to unstick the medium width yellow ribbon cable from the motherboard.

  • Use a small plastic opening tool to slide the two small black holding clips off of the white connector to which the medium width yellow ribbon cable is attached.

  • Use your fingers to gently pull the medium width yellow ribbon cable out of the white connector.

  • Repeat the last two actions to disconnect the narrower yellow ribbon cable and the wider yellow ribbon cable from the motherboard.

  • The motherboard and battery will now be detached from any ribbon cables connecting to the device.

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Image 1/3: The motherboard is now detached from the device. Image 2/3: The motherboard is now detached from the device. Image 3/3: The motherboard is now detached from the device.
  • Use the PH000 screwdriver remove the four 5 mm screws along the bottom edge of the motherboard, turning the screws counterclockwise.

  • The motherboard is now detached from the device.

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Image 1/1: Set the motherboard down on a heat safe surface so that the gray side of the motherboard is face up.
  • Lift the motherboard out of the device using your hands.

  • Set the motherboard down on a heat safe surface so that the gray side of the motherboard is face up.

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Image 1/1: The USB port will now be loosened from the motherboard.
  • Desolder each side of the USB port where it is attached to the motherboard.

  • The USB port will now be loosened from the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: Wiggling the port may break the small connectors that remain attached to the motherboard.
  • Using tweezers, pull the USB port straight out from the motherboard without wiggling it up, down, or side to side.

  • Wiggling the port may break the small connectors that remain attached to the motherboard.

  • The USB port is now replaceable.

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Conclusion

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

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