Introduction

This guide will show the proper disassembly of this iHome model so that the time display screen may be replaced. If other components need replacement (speakers, backup battery, etc.) this guide will still show how to get to those components.

Parts

Image 1/3: All the screws are size 2 except for the ones in Step 9. Image 2/3: Flip the iHome upside down. Image 3/3: You should see six pocketed Phillip's head screws.
  • This disassembly involves the removal of many components and screws. Be sure to remember which screws go where, and not to lose any parts.

  • All the screws are size 2 except for the ones in Step 9.

  • Flip the iHome upside down.

    • You should see six pocketed Phillip's head screws.

    • You should also see 2 visible Phillip head screws.

  • Using a long neck Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screws.

  • The long neck screwdriver is only necessary for this step. If it works well in the following steps, that is fine; just be sure to use the right tool for the right job.

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Image 1/3: Insert the flat end of the spudger and slide it along the edge. Image 2/3: The case should pop out easily. Remove the piece by lifting it straight out. Image 3/3: The case should pop out easily. Remove the piece by lifting it straight out.
  • Slightly lift the front end with the support.

  • Insert the flat end of the spudger and slide it along the edge.

  • The case should pop out easily. Remove the piece by lifting it straight out.

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Image 1/3: Be sure not to tug on the cables themselves. This could result in damaging the cables. Image 2/3: If tweezers are too difficult to use, it is ok to use your fingers, just so long as you don't put a lot of tension on the cables. Image 3/3: If tweezers are too difficult to use, it is ok to use your fingers, just so long as you don't put a lot of tension on the cables.
  • Using a pair of tweezers, remove the ribbon cable connector at the backup battery.

    • Be sure not to tug on the cables themselves. This could result in damaging the cables.

  • If tweezers are too difficult to use, it is ok to use your fingers, just so long as you don't put a lot of tension on the cables.

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Image 1/2: Gently lift the front side of the board towards you Image 2/2: Careful not to pull it out forcefully, there are still many cables attached to the logic board.
  • Remove the 4 screws located on the logic board.

  • Gently lift the front side of the board towards you

    • Careful not to pull it out forcefully, there are still many cables attached to the logic board.

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Image 1/2: The logic board will still be attached to the unit by a flat ribbon cable and a radio wire. Image 2/2: Set the logic board next to the unit.
  • Remove the 4 two-wire extension cables and the ribbon cable connected to the unit.

  • The logic board will still be attached to the unit by a flat ribbon cable and a radio wire.

  • Set the logic board next to the unit.

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Image 1/3: There are 2 more screws for ++'''each'''++ speaker. The speakers are symmetrical. Remove the 4 screws to free both speakers. Image 2/3: Gently lift each speaker out of the unit and set aside. Image 3/3: Gently lift each speaker out of the unit and set aside.
  • Remove the 4 Phillips head screws that attach the speakers to the unit.

  • There are 2 more screws for each speaker. The speakers are symmetrical. Remove the 4 screws to free both speakers.

  • Gently lift each speaker out of the unit and set aside.

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Image 1/3: Using tweezers, remove the ribbon cable connection. Image 2/3: Set the bluetooth circuit board aside. Image 3/3: Set the bluetooth circuit board aside.
  • Remove the 4 Phillips head screws belonging to the small bluetooth circuit board.

  • Using tweezers, remove the ribbon cable connection.

  • Set the bluetooth circuit board aside.

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Image 1/3: Remove the switch board and place it outside of the unit, out of the way. Image 2/3: The switch board is attached by a flat ribbon cable to the logic board, which is tethered to the unit by a radio wire. It shouldn't get in the way, however. Image 3/3: The switch board is attached by a flat ribbon cable to the logic board, which is tethered to the unit by a radio wire. It shouldn't get in the way, however.
  • Remove the 9 Phillips screws that fasten the switch board to the unit.

  • Remove the switch board and place it outside of the unit, out of the way.

  • The switch board is attached by a flat ribbon cable to the logic board, which is tethered to the unit by a radio wire. It shouldn't get in the way, however.

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Image 1/3: Using the size 1 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 Phillips head screws that hold the different parts of the case together. Image 2/3: Using the size 1 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 Phillips head screws that hold the different parts of the case together. Image 3/3: Using the size 1 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 Phillips head screws that hold the different parts of the case together.
  • If your screwdriver is small enough to fit inside the width of the case, this step is not necessary. Skip ahead to Step 11 and perform the step inside the case.

  • Using the size 1 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 Phillips head screws that hold the different parts of the case together.

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Image 1/3: This part is attached in a tongue and groove fashion. It should come out without any snapping. Image 2/3: This part is attached in a tongue and groove fashion. It should come out without any snapping. Image 3/3: This part is attached in a tongue and groove fashion. It should come out without any snapping.
  • Slide the screen up and out of the unit.

  • This part is attached in a tongue and groove fashion. It should come out without any snapping.

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Image 1/3: These screws are size 2 again. Image 2/3: These screws are size 2 again. Image 3/3: These screws are size 2 again.
  • Remove the 8 Phillips screws and remove the time display screen.

    • These screws are size 2 again.

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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Now this component is either repaired or replaced.

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Conclusion

Follow these steps backwards to reassemble the device. The reassembly is straightforward; it should all fit well again.

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