Introduction

Use this guide to remove or replace the Note's USB board/daughterboard

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  • Grasp the cap of the stylus and remove it from its slot in the midframe.

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  • Pry with a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, in the divot to the right of the rear-facing camera, near the volume rocker.

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  • Lift and remove the rear case from the phone.

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Image 1/2: Press the battery toward the rear facing camera while pulling outward. Image 2/2: Press the battery toward the rear facing camera while pulling outward.
  • Insert your finger in the notch of the battery compartment.

  • Press the battery toward the rear facing camera while pulling outward.

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Image 1/3: After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot. Image 2/3: For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place. Image 3/3: For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger, or your fingernail, to press the microSD card slightly deeper into its slot until you hear a click.

  • After the click, release the card and it will pop out of its slot.

  • For reassembly, push the microSD card into the slot until it clicks in place.

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  • Remove the microSD card from its slot in the midframe.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool, or your fingernail, to push the SIM card out of its compartment.

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  • Slide the SIM card out the rest of the way with your thumb and remove it from the device.

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  • Remove the nine 3.4 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the midframe to the display assembly.

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  • Insert your plastic opening tool to the left of the power button between the midframe and the front panel assembly and pry.

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  • Slide the plastic opening tool down the seam.

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Image 1/3: Slide the opening tool along the top edge of the phone. Image 2/3: Continue to run the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the phone until the midframe is separated. Image 3/3: Continue to run the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the phone until the midframe is separated.
  • Insert your plastic opening tool to the left of the headphone jack between the midframe and the display assembly.

  • Slide the opening tool along the top edge of the phone.

  • Continue to run the plastic opening tool around the perimeter of the phone until the midframe is separated.

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  • Remove the midframe from the display assembly.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully disconnect the display cable connector.

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Image 1/3: Disconnect the headphone jack/earpiece speaker assembly cable connector. Image 2/3: Disconnect the digitizer cable connector. Image 3/3: Disconnect the digitizer cable connector.
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera assembly cable connector.

  • Disconnect the headphone jack/earpiece speaker assembly cable connector.

  • Disconnect the digitizer cable connector.

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Image 1/3: Use a spudger to disconnect the USB board cable connector. Image 2/3: Disconnect the antenna cable connector. Image 3/3: Disconnect the antenna cable connector.
  • Disconnect the soft button cable connector with the flat end of a spudger.

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the USB board cable connector.

  • Disconnect the antenna cable connector.

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  • Remove the two 3.4 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the motherboard to the display assembly.

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  • Remove the motherboard assembly from the display assembly.

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  • Remove the three 3 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the speaker enclosure to the front panel assembly.

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  • Lift the speaker enclosure from the display assembly.

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Image 1/2: Remove the antenna cable. Image 2/2: Remove the antenna cable.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable connector from the USB board.

  • Remove the antenna cable.

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Image 1/3: Insert the spudger at a shallow angle to avoid bending or damaging the USB board. Image 2/3: Insert the spudger at a shallow angle to avoid bending or damaging the USB board. Image 3/3: Insert the spudger at a shallow angle to avoid bending or damaging the USB board.
  • Push the flat end of a spudger under the USB board to separate it from the display assembly.

  • Insert the spudger at a shallow angle to avoid bending or damaging the USB board.

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  • Remove the USB board.

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Conclusion

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

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Using the Guides on online and the PDF guides made this repair easy and quick!

Joe - Reply

It's not necessary to remove the motherboard (steps 17 and 18) to complete this repair. The flat flex running to the USB board can be easily slid out from under the motherboard with the motherboard still in position. Just omit steps 17 and 18 and the rest of the procedure works fine. I've done it twice.

Phil - Reply

Where in England could I buy the USB Board part?

Craig Pyle - Reply

USB board bought off ebay. Didnt need plastic opening tools, thumb nail worked easier than expected.

john dingley - Reply

It's not the Galaxy Note GT-N7000!

costantino - Reply

Make sure to match the rev on the board! Now I can finally enjoy using the phone while plugged in again.

John Cobra - Reply

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