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Introduction

In this guide, you will learn how to replace the motherboard on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. A faulty motherboard can lead to a multitude of performance issues, especially if your device doesn't turn on at all. There are a couple prerequisites we need to get out of the way first!

  1. Place the bottom of the tablet towards you. Remove the two 4.1 mm screws near the charge port with a Tri-Wing screwdriver.
    • Place the bottom of the tablet towards you.

    • Remove the two 4.1 mm screws near the charge port with a Tri-Wing screwdriver.

    • On model GT-P7500, this step is omitted, as that model doesn't have these 2 screws.

  2. Start in the middle of the left side and insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly. Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the left and top edge to pry the rear panel away from the rest of the device. Place opening picks along the side you have already pried open to keep the back panel detached from the rest of the device.
    • Start in the middle of the left side and insert a plastic opening tool between the rear panel and the front panel assembly.

    • Carefully run the plastic opening tool along the left and top edge to pry the rear panel away from the rest of the device.

    • Place opening picks along the side you have already pried open to keep the back panel detached from the rest of the device.

    • Be sure to work carefully, as prying too firmly can crack the screen.

  3. Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel. Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel. Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel.
    • Using the plastic opening tools, continue to carefully run along the right and bottom edge, and then lift the screen from the back panel.

  4. Flip up the retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that secure the three large ribbon cables. Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard. Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.
    • Flip up the retaining flaps on the ZIF connectors that secure the three large ribbon cables.

    • Carefully pull the three ribbon cables from their sockets on the motherboard.

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  6. Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery. Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery.
    • Remove the ten 3 mm Phillips #00 screws surrounding the battery.

  7. Lift the edge of the battery up with your finger or a spudger. Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up. Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up.
    • Lift the edge of the battery up with your finger or a spudger.

    • Detach the battery by holding the motherboard down while gently lifting the battery up.

  8. Hold down the motherboard with your finger and use a spudger to gently pry up the connection for the volume keys and power key.
    • Hold down the motherboard with your finger and use a spudger to gently pry up the connection for the volume keys and power key.

  9. Using  the flat end of a spudger, disconnect the black flash cable connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the white rear-facing camera connector.
    • Using the flat end of a spudger, disconnect the black flash cable connector from the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the white rear-facing camera connector.

  10. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the orange front-facing camera connector. Disconnect the blue Micro SD card/headphone jack connector from its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the orange front-facing camera connector.

    • Disconnect the blue Micro SD card/headphone jack connector from its socket on the motherboard.

  11. Using the flat end of a spudger, disconnect the orange speaker connectors for the left and right speakers. Disconnect the gold antenna cable connector from its socket on the motherboard. Disconnect the gold antenna cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.
    • Using the flat end of a spudger, disconnect the orange speaker connectors for the left and right speakers.

    • Disconnect the gold antenna cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.

  12. Lifting from the bottom edge, gently remove the motherboard. Lifting from the bottom edge, gently remove the motherboard.
    • Lifting from the bottom edge, gently remove the motherboard.

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