Introduction

This guide is intended to show tablet owners how they can take their device apart in order to replace the motherboard.

  1. 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.

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  2. Use the nylon spudger to completely separate the back of the device.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Battery will lift out of the device.

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

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

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    • The motherboard should come free at this point.

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Conclusion

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

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