Introduction

After removing the battery and motherboard, you must disassemble the bottom end of the tablet in order to gain access and disconnect the screen.

Use the metal spudger to create a gap between the back cover and the device.
  • Use the metal spudger to create a gap between the back cover and the device.

  • Be gentle when using the metal spudger so that the casing is not damaged.

Use the nylon spudger to completely separate the back of the device. Take the nylon spudger around the outside of the device cover until it comes free.
  • Use the nylon spudger to completely separate the back of the device.

  • Take the nylon spudger around the outside of the device cover until it comes free.

Use the Phillips head PH0 to remove the 7 battery screws. The 5 side screws measure 3.5mm.
  • Use the Phillips head PH0 to remove the 7 battery screws.

  • The 5 side screws measure 3.5mm.

  • The 2 top and bottom screws measure 4.5 mm.

To disconnect the cable, use the fine tweezers to flip up the small retaining flap. Then, you can safely pull the ribbon cable out. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.
  • To disconnect the cable, use the fine tweezers to flip up the small retaining flap. Then, you can safely pull the ribbon cable out.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the connector itself.

  • The zero insertion force (ZIF) connector is used to secure delicate ribbon cables, such as this trackpad cable.

Remove the colored power cable from its connector.
  • Remove the colored power cable from its connector.

  • To disconnect it safely, use the pointed tip of a spudger to carefully push on each side of the connector.

  • Alternating from one side to the other, gently “walk” the connector out of its socket.

  • Be sure to be very gentle when prying colored wires from motherboard to ensure that there is no damage.

Battery will lift out of the device.
  • Battery will lift out of the device.

Remove the 4 – 4.5 mm screws from the motherboard assembly.
  • Remove the 4 – 4.5 mm screws from the motherboard assembly.

Remove the 2 – 3.5 mm screws from the motherboard assembly.
  • Remove the 2 – 3.5 mm screws from the motherboard assembly.

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The motherboard should come free at this point.
  • The motherboard should come free at this point.

Use the screwdriver to remove the 4-3.5mm screws on the two lower speakers. Use the screwdriver to remove the 4-3.5mm screws on the two lower speakers.
  • Use the screwdriver to remove the 4-3.5mm screws on the two lower speakers.

Using the spudger, gently pry up on the  reinforcement bar and remove from the frame.
  • Using the spudger, gently pry up on the reinforcement bar and remove from the frame.

Use the fine pointed tweezers to carefully remove the 2 no-fuss speaker connections. Use the fine pointed tweezers to carefully remove the 2 no-fuss speaker connections.
  • Use the fine pointed tweezers to carefully remove the 2 no-fuss speaker connections.

Lift the black ZIF connector holding down the ribbon cable with the plastic opening tool. Gently use the spudger to remove the ribbon cable.
  • Lift the black ZIF connector holding down the ribbon cable with the plastic opening tool.

  • Gently use the spudger to remove the ribbon cable.

Use the fine pointed tweezers to pull the 2 pieces of fabric tape from the lower board. Move the speaker wires out of the way.
  • Use the fine pointed tweezers to pull the 2 pieces of fabric tape from the lower board.

  • Move the speaker wires out of the way.

Use the plastic opening tool or spudger to gently lift up on the middle logic board and remove it from the frame. This board controls the touch sensors on the front glass.
  • Use the plastic opening tool or spudger to gently lift up on the middle logic board and remove it from the frame.

  • This board controls the touch sensors on the front glass.

  • This may require some extra force to loosen up the glue under the board. Make sure to apply force evenly around the edges.

  • The Touch control board has fragile ribbon cables. Make sure to not twist or rip these cables while separating it from the frame and working around the board.

There are now  7-3.5mm  Phillips head screws holding the frame to the front glass of the tablet. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the 7 screws. The 7th screw is under the touch control board in the bottom middle that we just pried up.
  • There are now 7-3.5mm Phillips head screws holding the frame to the front glass of the tablet.

  • Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the 7 screws.

  • The 7th screw is under the touch control board in the bottom middle that we just pried up.

Use the spudger to pry your way around the frame and separate it from the front glass. Be gentle when prying. There are fragile plastic clips and parts that could easily snap with too much pressure. Be gentle when prying. There are fragile plastic clips and parts that could easily snap with too much pressure.
  • Use the spudger to pry your way around the frame and separate it from the front glass.

  • Be gentle when prying. There are fragile plastic clips and parts that could easily snap with too much pressure.

When the frame is separated and loose, Lift from the top and pull the frame off the front glass, setting the glass aside. When the frame is separated and loose, Lift from the top and pull the frame off the front glass, setting the glass aside.
  • When the frame is separated and loose, Lift from the top and pull the frame off the front glass, setting the glass aside.

Remove the lower speakers and set them aside.
  • Remove the lower speakers and set them aside.

The screen is held to the frame with metal fabric tape at the top and bottom of the frame. Use the metal spudger to peel the tape off the back of the screen.
  • The screen is held to the frame with metal fabric tape at the top and bottom of the frame.

  • Use the metal spudger to peel the tape off the back of the screen.

The last board we have to worry about is the board that holds the ribbon cable connector (from the battery removal step) and the screen connector. Use the spudger to gently pry up on the bottom side of the board, as you did when removing the touch screen control board.
  • The last board we have to worry about is the board that holds the ribbon cable connector (from the battery removal step) and the screen connector.

  • Use the spudger to gently pry up on the bottom side of the board, as you did when removing the touch screen control board.

  • You have to make sure to loosen up the glue underneath and the board should come free from the frame.

Use the plastic opening tool to disconnect the screens ribbon cable from the board by prying up on the flat topped connector. The board will come free and you can set it aside.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to disconnect the screens ribbon cable from the board by prying up on the flat topped connector.

  • The board will come free and you can set it aside.

With the tape peeled back, and the board disconnected and removed, you can take the frame off of the back of the screen. Your screen is now ready to be replaced with a new one.
  • With the tape peeled back, and the board disconnected and removed, you can take the frame off of the back of the screen.

  • Your screen is now ready to be replaced with a new one.

Conclusion

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

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