Introduction

A quick and easy teardown/disassembly guide for the ZEN V Creative Media Player.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your ZEN V Creative Media Player, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: The Navigator Stick Image 2/3: The Play/Pause Button Image 3/3: The Back Button
  • Here we have Creative's ZEN V Media Player.

    • The Navigator Stick

    • The Play/Pause Button

    • The Back Button

    • The LCD

    • USB 2.0 Charging Port

    • Headphone Jack

    • Line In Jack

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Image 1/3: Slide it along, prying up until a gap forms Image 2/3: Proceed to insert and slide the tool along the left and right side of the device, until the plastic piece with the buttons comes free. Image 3/3: Half of the covering plastic should be off now
  • Start by taking a pointy metal spudger and insert it on the bottom edge of the player

  • Slide it along, prying up until a gap forms

  • Proceed to insert and slide the tool along the left and right side of the device, until the plastic piece with the buttons comes free.

  • Half of the covering plastic should be off now

    • Gap between plastics

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Image 1/3: Glue Image 2/3: Bring your tool to the top edge of the player and insert it Image 3/3: Insert it on the top edge and slide while prying up
  • While doing the following steps note that this piece is glued on to the LCD. Do not apply too much force or shove your tool too far in

    • Glue

  • Bring your tool to the top edge of the player and insert it

  • Insert it on the top edge and slide while prying up

    • The gap

  • Insert it on the two sides and pry until plastic comes loose

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Image 1/2: Adhesive Pads Image 2/2: Cable Clip
  • Be very gentle with the LCD in the next 2 steps! It is glued to the logic board with black stick pads. Do not break the cable/clip!

    • Adhesive Pads

    • Cable Clip

  • Insert flat end of plastic spudger on the bottom of the LCD. Pry gently upwards.

    • Bottom of LCD

  • Insert on the sides and continue to pry.

  • Finally insert on the top and pry.

    • Top of LCD

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Image 1/3: Remove orange ESD safe tape with spudger/fingernail Image 2/3: Orange ESD safe tape Image 3/3: Flip up the clip with flat end of spudger/fingernail
  • Pull back LCD to bottom of player to expose cable/clip

  • Remove orange ESD safe tape with spudger/fingernail

    • Orange ESD safe tape

  • Flip up the clip with flat end of spudger/fingernail

    • Clip is flipped up

  • Pull the LCD away from the player

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Image 1/3: Remove the two screws on the logic board Image 2/3: Screws Image 3/3: Remove Volume control button by pulling it up off the board
  • Put down your spudger and pick up a Phillips #000 Screwdriver

  • Remove the two screws on the logic board

    • Screws

  • Remove Volume control button by pulling it up off the board

    • Volume control button

  • Pull up board from bottom of player

  • Gently wiggle the logic board out of the casing. Be careful because it is connected to a battery underneath it

    • Battery

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Image 1/3: Top half of battery Image 2/3: There is an adhesive pad under the battery Image 3/3: Battery should now be free
  • Insert spudger under the top of the battery and pry

    • Top half of battery

  • There is an adhesive pad under the battery

  • Battery should now be free

  • Remove battery from case and set aside connected to the logic board

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Image 1/1: Heat up the contacts and pull away wires
  • Battery may now be removed from logic board with a soldering iron

  • Heat up the contacts and pull away wires

    • Contacts

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Image 1/2: USB 2.0 Port has 4 pads and 5 pins attaching it to the logic board Image 2/2: Various Switches- 4 pads each. From the (Bottom left), Volume up, Volume Down, Mute?, (Top Left), Power on/Hold, Reset
  • These all are various components that can be removed with a soldering iron

    • USB 2.0 Port has 4 pads and 5 pins attaching it to the logic board

    • Various Switches- 4 pads each. From the (Bottom left), Volume up, Volume Down, Mute?, (Top Left), Power on/Hold, Reset

    • Line In Jack 4 pads

    • Headphone Jack 4 pads

    • Play/Pause Button 2 pads and Back Button 2 pads

    • LCD connector and Navigtor button

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Image 1/1: Button Plastic- Removed in Step 2
  • All the innards of the ZEN V Media Player

    • Button Plastic- Removed in Step 2

    • LCD Plastic- Removed in Step 3

    • Orange ESD Safe tape and LCD Screen- Removed in Step 5

    • Screws and Volume Button- Removed in Step 6

    • Back Plastic Case and Logic Board- Removed in Step 7

    • Battery Removed in Step 8

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