Introduction

Before starting this guide its important to note that the speaker replacement requires soldering. Don't know how to solder? Don't worry! You can learn how right here.

Image 1/1: Maneuver the smaller plastic opening tool at the spot of the large opening tool and slowly slide along the edge.
  • Using the large plastic opening tool, start along a side of the device and apply light pressure in the seam between the top and bottom outer covers.

  • Maneuver the smaller plastic opening tool at the spot of the large opening tool and slowly slide along the edge.

    • You should feel each plastic connections begin to loosen.

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Image 1/1: '''The user risks damaging the connections if tool is slid to fast. '''
  • Move tool around each connection, and continue around the device until all connections have been loosened.

    • The user risks damaging the connections if tool is slid to fast.

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Image 1/2: ''Open the casing and lay as shown in the picture keeping the speaker wires loose.'' Image 2/2: ''Open the casing and lay as shown in the picture keeping the speaker wires loose.''
  • Once all connections have been loosened and using a soft surface, place the device onto its screen.

    • Open the casing and lay as shown in the picture keeping the speaker wires loose.

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Image 1/2: '''The speaker is still connected to the motherboard with wire.''' Image 2/2: '''The speaker is still connected to the motherboard with wire.'''
  • Using ESD safe tweezers and a spudger, gently remove the glued speaker away from the casing.

    • The speaker is still connected to the motherboard with wire.

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Image 1/1: ''Make note of the red and black wires positions, for mixing them can cause permanent damage to your device.''
  • Next locate where the speaker's wires attach to the motherboard.

    • Make note of the red and black wires positions, for mixing them can cause permanent damage to your device.

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Image 1/2: Remove the tape, and using hook tweezers, disconnect the LCD ZIF (zero insertion force) connection. Image 2/2: The ZIF connection takes manuvering, but the ribbon should be free and pushed out of the way.
  • Before replacing the speaker, it's helpful to disconnect the LCD ribbon allowing sufficient space.

  • Remove the tape, and using hook tweezers, disconnect the LCD ZIF (zero insertion force) connection.

  • The ZIF connection takes manuvering, but the ribbon should be free and pushed out of the way.

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Image 1/2: ''Check the connection between the speaker and the motherboard. If it isn’t connected well, re-soldering the joint may fix the speaker.'' Image 2/2: Use a soldering iron the remove the speaker wires.
  • Before disconnecting the speaker, refer to Soldering Tips for proper soldering instructions.

    • Check the connection between the speaker and the motherboard. If it isn’t connected well, re-soldering the joint may fix the speaker.

  • Use a soldering iron the remove the speaker wires.

    • Ensure that each wire and solder connection do not touch. This will damage the device.

    • Note which nodes the wires are connected to, for replacement will occur in this order.

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Conclusion

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

Joseph Justice

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