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Introduction

There are two boards for the device, a green top level and a blue lower level. This guide will show the steps to replace the bottom motherboard.

Metal spudgers and similar pry tools can puncture an unprotected battery, potentially causing a fire. When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The metal spudger is great when you need serious prying power, but the regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  1. Start by using a spudger or plastic opening tool  to  remove the bottom cover. When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible. Once enough of the glue is removed, peel the cover off by hand,
    • Start by using a spudger or plastic opening tool to remove the bottom cover.

    • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

    • Once enough of the glue is removed, peel the cover off by hand,

  2. Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover. Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover. Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover.
    • Remove the four 7.5mm length Philips head screws under the rubber cover.

  3. Use a nylon spudger to unsnap the bottom from the sides. Pry until the remaining three points are unsnapped. Once unsnapped, lift the cover.
    • Use a nylon spudger to unsnap the bottom from the sides.

    • Pry until the remaining three points are unsnapped.

    • Once unsnapped, lift the cover.

  4. Remove the connection for the front buttons to fully remove the cover. Remove the connection for the front buttons to fully remove the cover.
    • Remove the connection for the front buttons to fully remove the cover.

  5. Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to remove the adhesive covering the the WIFI connectors. Gently pull the wires at the connection point to disconnect them from the motherboard.
    • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to remove the adhesive covering the the WIFI connectors.

    • Gently pull the wires at the connection point to disconnect them from the motherboard.

  6. Remove the two pieces of glue holding the WIFI card in place. Remove the two pieces of glue holding the WIFI card in place.
    • Remove the two pieces of glue holding the WIFI card in place.

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  8. Scrape the glued pad underneath the WIFI card to seperate the card from the board. Push apart the two clips holding the WIFI card in the connection. Pull the WIFI card out of the connection.
    • Scrape the glued pad underneath the WIFI card to seperate the card from the board.

    • Push apart the two clips holding the WIFI card in the connection.

    • Pull the WIFI card out of the connection.

    • When putting the new WIFI card in, put the card in the connector first, then push downward until it clicks.

  9. Remove the 7mm length Phillips screw holding the board in place.
    • Remove the 7mm length Phillips screw holding the board in place.

  10. Flip the board over to access the Molex Cable. Flip the board over to access the Molex Cable.
    • Flip the board over to access the Molex Cable.

  11. Disconnect the Molex Cable from the top motherboard.
    • Disconnect the Molex Cable from the top motherboard.

  12. Remove foam protective insulator from the bottom board. Remove foam protective insulator from the bottom board.
    • Remove foam protective insulator from the bottom board.

  13. Picture shows the side of the device. Remove the 7mm length Phillips screw from the power supply motherboard.
    • Picture shows the side of the device.

    • Remove the 7mm length Phillips screw from the power supply motherboard.

  14. Remove the adhesive backed rear label by using a spudger. Remove the two 8mm length screws as shown. Remove the two 8mm length screws as shown.
    • Remove the adhesive backed rear label by using a spudger.

    • Remove the two 8mm length screws as shown.

  15. Pull the power supply out of the back of the device. Pull the power supply out of the back of the device.
    • Pull the power supply out of the back of the device.

  16. Remove the two 7.5mm length  screws on the top of the board. Remove the two 7.5mm length  screws on the top of the board.
    • Remove the two 7.5mm length screws on the top of the board.

  17. Remove the other two 8mm length screws on the back of the device.  You might have already removed the screws for the power supply, and that's OK!
    • Remove the other two 8mm length screws on the back of the device. You might have already removed the screws for the power supply, and that's OK!

  18. Slide the board out from the plastic casing.
    • Slide the board out from the plastic casing.

    • You must pull the board out from back to front, because of the plugs on the back of the board.

Conclusion

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

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I have bad audio on one channel, who supplies parts for this equipment?

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