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Use this guide to replace the highway flex cable in the OP-Z. The flex cable includes the USB-C port, and the line-out / headphone jack.

  1. Unlock the four rubber feet by turning them 90° counterclockwise using your thumb or finger tip. There is a tiny mark on every foot facing the bottom edge of the OP-Z. After turning them they should face towards the short edge where the on/off switch is. There is a tiny mark on every foot facing the bottom edge of the OP-Z. After turning them they should face towards the short edge where the on/off switch is.
    • Unlock the four rubber feet by turning them 90° counterclockwise using your thumb or finger tip.

    • There is a tiny mark on every foot facing the bottom edge of the OP-Z. After turning them they should face towards the short edge where the on/off switch is.

  2. When turning the OP-Z over again the bottom plate should come off by itself (thanks gravity). If the bottom plate won’t come off you might want to make sure every foot is rotated correctly and  gently tug on one of them.
    • When turning the OP-Z over again the bottom plate should come off by itself (thanks gravity).

    • If the bottom plate won’t come off you might want to make sure every foot is rotated correctly and gently tug on one of them.

  3. Remove the bottom plate including the rubber feet.
    • Remove the bottom plate including the rubber feet.

  4. Use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the battery on the right side where the notch is. Use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the battery on the right side where the notch is.
    • Use your fingernail or a spudger to lift the battery on the right side where the notch is.

  5. Remove the battery. When installing the new battery make sure you put it in contact side first.
    • Remove the battery.

    • When installing the new battery make sure you put it in contact side first.

  6. Use your finger or a spudger to push up on the small tab on the bottom of the module. Lift the module up and out of its recess bottom first.
    • Use your finger or a spudger to push up on the small tab on the bottom of the module.

    • Lift the module up and out of its recess bottom first.

  7. Remove the module.
    • Remove the module.

    • When inserting another module make sure you put it in outputs first. Then push down the bottom part for the tab to engage.

  8. Remove the five Torx T4 screws.
    • Remove the five Torx T4 screws.

  9. Place a spudger in the cutout of the extension module to lift the midframe. Be careful not to damage the highway flex cable underneath.
    • Place a spudger in the cutout of the extension module to lift the midframe.

    • Be careful not to damage the highway flex cable underneath.

    • Don’t remove the midframe yet. It is still connected to the rest of the OP-Z.

  10. Flip the midframe over to gain access to the flex cable connector underneath. Flip the midframe over to gain access to the flex cable connector underneath. Flip the midframe over to gain access to the flex cable connector underneath.
    • Flip the midframe over to gain access to the flex cable connector underneath.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the front panel assembly. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the front panel assembly.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the front panel assembly.

  12. Use a spudger to disconnect the highway flex cable from the DSP board. Use a spudger to disconnect the highway flex cable from the DSP board.
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the highway flex cable from the DSP board.

  13. Use the spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the encoder board. Use the spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the encoder board.
    • Use the spudger to disconnect the flex cable from the encoder board.

  14. Slowly pry the USB-C connector out of its recess. Use the flat end of a spudger on the small nib on the USB-C board. The connector is slightly glued down. The connector is slightly glued down.
    • Slowly pry the USB-C connector out of its recess. Use the flat end of a spudger on the small nib on the USB-C board.

    • The connector is slightly glued down.

  15. Insert the pointy end of the spudger into the line-out jack and lever it up carefully. The jack connector might sit tight and is slightly glued down. The jack connector might sit tight and is slightly glued down.
    • Insert the pointy end of the spudger into the line-out jack and lever it up carefully.

    • The jack connector might sit tight and is slightly glued down.

  16. The highway flex cable is slightly adhered to the midframe. To remove it, gently push it out from underneath. A small transparent part may pop out. This is the light guide for the bluetooth indicator. Just hinge it back onto the midframe as seen here. A small transparent part may pop out. This is the light guide for the bluetooth indicator. Just hinge it back onto the midframe as seen here.
    • The highway flex cable is slightly adhered to the midframe. To remove it, gently push it out from underneath.

    • A small transparent part may pop out. This is the light guide for the bluetooth indicator. Just hinge it back onto the midframe as seen here.

  17. Peel the highway flex cable off the midframe and remove it. Peel the highway flex cable off the midframe and remove it. Peel the highway flex cable off the midframe and remove it.
    • Peel the highway flex cable off the midframe and remove it.

Conclusion

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

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It worked! Sort of. I bought a highway flex cable replacement and a new battery hoping it would solve an issue. The good news is I was able to replace it, and it’s function as before I replaced the flex cable. The only challenge really was that the audio cable plug in the new flex cable assemble was slightly bigger than the one I removed. I really had to force it down. During reassemble it was important to start left to right too - and it was easier to plug that last cable before installing the audio and USB C sockets. The issue I was trying to solve: My OP-Z will only power on when plugged in. I bought the OP Z used, and it worked fine for a while. But for reasons I can’t explain it stopped working with battery power alone. I tried all the solutions I found online including resetting the battery, firmware, etc. I’m just sharing this in case someone else has the same issue. Other than that, the new flex cable works just like the one it replaced, and I have an extra one now! Thank you!!!

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