Introduction

Before working on your device, we recommend backing-up your data to an external storage drive. Also, make sure you have good way to keep track of five very small screws as you will need them for reassembly. The most challenging part of replacing the screen is likely to be removing the back cover.

  1. To replace the battery, the rear cover must first be removed. Using the flat end of the spudger, gently pry open the back case from the rest of the device.
    • To replace the battery, the rear cover must first be removed.

    • Using the flat end of the spudger, gently pry open the back case from the rest of the device.

    • It may be easier to start along one of the long edges and carefully work your way toward the corner, then along the short edge.

  2. Remove the rear cover and set it aside.
    • Remove the rear cover and set it aside.

  3. Carefully remove the electrical tape that holds the battery in place.
    • Carefully remove the electrical tape that holds the battery in place.

  4. Using needle-nose tweezers, gently push the large white wire connector (connected to the black, red and blue wires) out of its housing. Using needle-nose tweezers, gently push the large white wire connector (connected to the black, red and blue wires) out of its housing.
    • Using needle-nose tweezers, gently push the large white wire connector (connected to the black, red and blue wires) out of its housing.

  5. Gently lift the battery out of the device.
    • Gently lift the battery out of the device.

    • Be careful not to pull on the connecting wires.

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  7. The audio module must be removed to replace the screen. Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully push the small white wire connector (red/black wires) out of its housing. Gently remove red/black  wire strands from the clips holding them to the back of the screen.
    • The audio module must be removed to replace the screen.

    • Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully push the small white wire connector (red/black wires) out of its housing.

    • Gently remove red/black wire strands from the clips holding them to the back of the screen.

  8. Gently pry audio module from the back of the screen using tweezers and spudger. Be careful not to pull on the wires. Adhesive on the bottom of the speaker module may make it difficult to remove.
    • Gently pry audio module from the back of the screen using tweezers and spudger. Be careful not to pull on the wires.

    • Adhesive on the bottom of the speaker module may make it difficult to remove.

    • Set the audio module and attached wire aside.

  9. Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully flip up the dark gray cover on the right of the device holding the  small orange/gold ribbon in place. (It is approximately 1/4" wide.) With the tweezers, carefully pull the small ribbon out of its housing. It will stay attached to the device at the other end. With the tweezers, carefully pull the small ribbon out of its housing. It will stay attached to the device at the other end.
    • Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully flip up the dark gray cover on the right of the device holding the small orange/gold ribbon in place. (It is approximately 1/4" wide.)

    • With the tweezers, carefully pull the small ribbon out of its housing. It will stay attached to the device at the other end.

  10. A wide orange/gold ribbon connects the screen to the motherboard. (Ribbon is approximately 1" wide.) Carefully pull the black tape off the ribbon housing and set it aside. You will need to replace the tape when reassembling the device.
    • A wide orange/gold ribbon connects the screen to the motherboard. (Ribbon is approximately 1" wide.)

    • Carefully pull the black tape off the ribbon housing and set it aside. You will need to replace the tape when reassembling the device.

  11. Damaging this ribbon will permanently disable your device! Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully flip up the dark gray cover. With the tweezers, carefully pull the wide ribbon from its housing. It will stay attached to the device at the other end.
    • Damaging this ribbon will permanently disable your device!

    • Using needle-nose tweezers, carefully flip up the dark gray cover.

    • With the tweezers, carefully pull the wide ribbon from its housing. It will stay attached to the device at the other end.

  12. Using a Phillips 000 screwdriver, remove the screws holding components together. Remove four 4.2 mm Phillips screws Remove one 3 mm Phillips screw
    • Using a Phillips 000 screwdriver, remove the screws holding components together.

    • Remove four 4.2 mm Phillips screws

    • Remove one 3 mm Phillips screw

  13. Holding the motherboard carefully by the edges, gently lift it up off the screen and carefully set it aside. The motherboard may resist as you try to lift it --this is normal.
    • Holding the motherboard carefully by the edges, gently lift it up off the screen and carefully set it aside.

    • The motherboard may resist as you try to lift it --this is normal.

  14. Now that your screen is detached from the rest of the device components, it is ready to be replaced.
    • Now that your screen is detached from the rest of the device components, it is ready to be replaced.

Conclusion

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

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What is the small orange/gold ribbon in step 8 used for? I'm assuming that it's what registers touches on the screen because my tablet isn't reading my touches. I ask this because the dark grey bar on my tablet has been broken off, so there's nothing to hold the ribbon in place, and I can't do anything on my tablet because it won't respond to me touching it.

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