Can't take any pictures with your 3DS? Replace either the front or rear-facing cameras. All three cameras are located on the same ribbon cable.


Никакие детали не требуются.

  1. Unscrew the four Phillips #00 screws along the top of the back cover.
    • Unscrew the four Phillips #00 screws along the top of the back cover.

    • The screws are held in place by locking washers, and will not come out of the back cover.

    • The comments section is full of unlucky souls who will tell you that the screws here through step 4 will strip incredibly easily. Press down fairly hard, and go slow.

    #00 screwdriver is too big... probably need a #000

    thomascroguennec - Ответить

    #00 will work - but you must press down firmly and sort of jerk the screw out a few degrees at a time. If you don't press firmly, the screws strip very easily. Using #000 will strip the screws more easily.

    Tai -

    I used a #0 without any issues and 0 stripped. I used the #0 for all screws internally and externally. The head was sharp and I applied adequate amounts of pressure when loosening the screw.

    Ben Kevan -

    The correct screwdriver should be a JIS, or you can get a screwdriver specific for the 3DS from other sites for less than $2

    Oscar - Ответить

    do you have to buy it

    deeznuts -

    Where would I buy a screwdriver specifically for the 3DS? Also would it work on the DS? I need to replace the battery for my DS.

    Caitlin L -

    I used Phillips #000 and it worked like a charm, i need to order a new SD board or do you guys think i should send it. What happened is that it got water damaged and everything works fine when i opened it everything looked fine no signs of water corrosion everything on the 3DS works exept it always give me a message saying the SD card is locked and i know for a fact it isnt locked i already tried using 3 different SD cards and none of them are lock protected and yes they are formatted as well. I need help

    Leo Torres - Ответить

    there's a switch on the SD card, switch it and it will be unlocked again. it happened to me once too.

    Bagel -

    david hodson you are incredible. literally all you need to do is heat the screen up and pry it off and you make them take apart the whole thing

    melody - Ответить

    You've done this?

    magykmaster -

    I have to ask the same question. If just the glass display is broken, and you're heating it up to remove the glass, is it really necessary to remove everything? Doesn't like like it is necessary

    Wade -

    I just did it your way and it went fine. didnt even have to remove the battery. This is incredible misstep on the authors part.

    patrick -

    only take out the screen for a motherboard removal? Are you using the wrong guide or was this guide used for two different repairs?

    Reed Deemer -

    I used a PH0x50, but it wasn't easy.

    John - Ответить

    This may be a dumb question but where do I buy the 3DS upper screen?

    John - Ответить

    eBay... Just do a search for the 3DS Upper screen. $9.49 & it comes with the tools.

    Gary Darnell -

    The LCD screen I ordered came with all the tools I needed except a pair of tweezers. All in all it was about $14.00 and a little bit of my time.

    Gary Darnell - Ответить

    Does anyone know where I can find the right bumper button for a 3ds? I can't find it on ebay must of damaged it playing smash bros.

    Steven Castro Parrilla - Ответить

    Really wish I had read the comments first... How about instead of the warning saying to press down hardly and go slow, you say to use the correct screwdriver size like others mentioned in the comments. I not only stripped multiple screws, even after putting a glove on for more pressure, I bent my screwdriver from pressing down so hard. Granted it's a cheap jeweler's kit screwdriver, but it still would've been nice to not have that problem and be informed of the right size in the first place.

    hockeymorgan35 - Ответить

    Got my tools one day after ordering, as I live a couple hours away from the supplier, Will post again when i try guide.

    nintendokakashi - Ответить

    I tried doing this with a #00 Philips but it just didn't turn

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    Hello there, I need some assistance I have done a full housing replacement I have everything working except the 3d slider . The 3D option is always on can someone let me know which flex it is or what I am forgetting . Thanks guys !

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  2. Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.
    • Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.

    • Grab the top edge of the back cover with your opposite hand so that the cover does not fall back into place.

    • Flip the 3DS over again so that the back cover is facing up.

    • Pull the back cover up and away from the rest of the device to remove it.

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    • Insert a plastic opening tool into the notch in the lower case above the battery.

    • Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.

    • Grab the top edge of the battery and lift it out of the lower case.

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    • Remove the nine 6.3 mm black Phillips screws from the lower case.

    • Remove the 2.4 mm silver Phillips screw above the game cartridge slot.

    Had to give up at this point. Tried using the ifixit #00 phillips screwdriver to take out two screws and ended up stripping them.

    Demios - Ответить

    Stuck at the same spot, those screws are in there really tight.

    John Pasula - Ответить

    Ruined my screws because of incorrect head, thanks!

    3dsuser - Ответить

    I had so much trouble with these screws, I gave up. Unfortunately, I can't accept failure so tried again. I figured out if you turn it right before you loosen it worked. Maybe it was just me, but I turned it right then kept pressure as I turned to loosen. I was surprised I hadn't stripped any screws out.

    Nicole Bauer - Ответить

    Does anyone have any idea of how to remove these screws. I've pretty badly stripped the screws and I've gone to 20+ pages trying to figure this. I'm considering just prying the !@#$ thing.

    Vino - Ответить

    use a dremil and make it a flat head

    Ralph Prowant -

    ruined my screws here too...what the !@#$ nintendo?

    trying to survive a nuclear meltdown inside the !@#$ thing

    Hamza Jarkas - Ответить

    More like trying to subtly enforce planned obsolescence by not allowing you to make repairs to your device.

    Ullyssys -

    I used a #00 Philips 1/8" bit with no problem; however, the narrow diameter of the counter sunk hole can inhibit making secure contact with the screw head. You can be using the right bit (#00) but if the diameter of the bit shaft is too big you won't get proper contact.

    I found this to be an excellent guide. Thanks

    Dave W - Ответить

    If anyone can point me to a link to purchase the 9 screws, let me know. Contacted Nintendo and they said I'd have to send it in. Email me at xavierfflores@gmail.com

    Xavier Flores - Ответить

    Unscrewed the nine 6.3 mm screws using the J000 bit from the iFixit 54 bit driver kit without much effort & without stripping the screw heads. Just gotta really position the bit correctly on the screw to have a proper fitting & not strip the screw heads.

    STZ9 - Ответить

    The screws didn't strip but the philips screw driver did? @__@

    These are rough either way.

    John Zhou - Ответить

    I used a "Whia 273 - PH000x40" screwdriver and held it firmly pushing the palm of my hand on the yellow end of the screwdriver and rocked the screw slightly (counter clockwise and clockwise) until it started to move. Then, without letting up on the pressure I carefully backed it out. The screwdriver is excellent because it is hardened (unlike some cheapo's out there) and the very tip is blunt not sharp. If the tip is too sharp, the point will bottom out in the screw and the sides that do all the work, won't be able to fully contact the inside of the screw. This screwdriver fits so well that the screws actually stick to it once they are removed. If the screwdriver moves AT ALL when you initially try it in the screw, STOP and find a better one. Also, start with the screws in the center, somehow they seem a little easier until you get the feel for it.

    Paul -

    Push down hard and turn counter-clockwise, or push down and rotate 3DS counter-clockwise until screw is loose.

    Jonathan - Ответить

    Had the exact same problem, even tried the #000 screw driver too. Stripped the screws due to how tightly they are screwed in there and how easy they strip. I am now unsure what to do from here or if all I can do is give up.

    Sean Baldwin - Ответить

    I second the one who suggested the Whia 273 PH000x40 screwdriver. I had a terrible time unscrewing these screws, and almost stripped them using a cheaper #000 screwdriver. Also tried a 3/16" flathead and destroyed the screwdriver. I bought the Whia and glad I did. It fit perfectly and did not slip at all. DEFINITELY recommend purchasing this high-quality screwdriver. Cost about $10 but well worth it to avoid the hassle.

    pbrazis - Ответить

    The best way I found that works quite well, if you find a screwdriver or bit that is good enough: hold the screwdriver or bit with tons of pressure, and rotate the 3DS clockwise! It will come out in 5-6 rotations, you can do this step in about 10 minutes this way (put down a cloth first, don't scratch the front!)

    Gannon Trueman - Ответить

    I HAVE A WAY TO GET OUT THE STRIPED SCREW. Like you, I had screwed up and tried everything to get the screw out. Do NOT try the glue in that tiny hole, you will get the screw glued permanently in there. The rubber band doesn't work in that tight space either. As desperate as I was, I was trying anything from nail polish to cramming the screw driver in as hard as I possible could. Until I realized that I had a drill. Yes, with the smallest head, I drilled into the screw a little bit, messed with the part I was trying to get out, drilled a little more, messed around, and then finally on my last attempt, I had successfully drilled off the top of the screw rendering the part free. It doesn't matter which drill you use as long as you can fit the head into the hole. Then drill forward like you are trying to drill a hole through wood. Now the only problem is that the remainder of the screw will be stuck in its place. All you really have to do is get a set of pliers and twist that puppy out. And there you go!

    YuuChan - Ответить

    Most likely though, if you have all the other screws out and only have one striped screw, the part should just pop off and you wouldn't have to drill the entire head off the screw.

    YuuChan - Ответить

    Got a brand new #00 screw drive and it striped the first time used it. So now I'm using eyeglass repair kit screw driver and it lasts longer that the one I got of of eBay.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    And I tried all of those tactics that people have been giving and none of them are working.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    The wiha 273 PH #000×40 unsrews it easily! It has a magnet on it!

    Najee - Ответить

    I’m cant get these %#*@ screws out i want to die…

    FRØSTBIT3 - Ответить

    • Lift the bottom edge of the lower case off the rest of the 3DS.

    • There are still two ribbon cables connecting the mother board to the case, so be sure not to pull the lower case all the way off.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the shoulder button ribbon cables off their sockets on the motherboard.

    • Remove the lower case from the device.

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    • Remove the two 7.7 mm Phillips screws securing the back of the Circle Pad to the motherboard.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the back of the Circle Pad off the motherboard.

    • Lift the Circle Pad joystick off the motherboard and lay it on its back so that the ribbon cable connector is accessible.

    When reassembling verify that the circle pad control is oriented right. I had to go back in after completion when I realized it wasn't centered.

    Daniel Johnson - Ответить

    I would not disable the back side all the way because it could really mess up your 3DS.

    masterspeggy3 - Ответить

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Circle Pad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

    • Lift the Circle Pad joystick off the motherboard.

    Can you replace a zif socket? The little metal pieces on mine broke off...

    Colton Alverson - Ответить

    YOUR &&^&@@ HAHAHAAHA, no you cant you would have to purchase a new motherboard i feek you bro happened in my first time

    vrobinson -

    The retaining flap on mine broke off, is there any way to fix it?

    Madi Hansen - Ответить

    Don't do this step! it is not necessary. you can skip steps 8 through 20

    S Maduras - Ответить

    Skip steps 8 through 20. It will save a lot of time. Thanks S Maduras for the warning.

    clarissa.vetintegral - Ответить

    • To decrease the chance of losing it during repairs, you may want to remove the two thin pads underneath the Circle Pad joystick.

    • Use a spudger or screwdriver to lift the pads up and remove them from the device.

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    • Remove the two 4.5 mm Phillips screws securing the SD board to the motherboard.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SD board ribbon cable connector off its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the SD board and the motherboard.

    • Run the spudger along the sides of the SD board to free it from the adhesive pad holding it in place.

    • Once completely freed, lift the SD board straight off the motherboard.

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    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the corner of the Wi-Fi board, and lift it away from the motherboard.

    • The Wi-Fi antenna cable is still connected to the Wi-Fi board, so you cannot completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet.

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    • Lift the Wi-Fi board off the motherboard and rotate it so that the bottom side is facing up.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector off its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

    • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the device.

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    • Grasp the microphone ribbon cable near the microphone with a pair of tweezers.

    • Pull the microphone straight up out of the upper case.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the speaker assembly ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, NOT the socket itself. Damaging the socket or cable will result in a 3DS that will blink its power LED when you press the power button - and do nothing else.

    • Disconnect the speaker assembly ribbon cable with a pair of tweezers.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

    • When reassembling, note that the gold contacts face toward the motherboard (as opposed to the camera cable's gold contacts facing away).

    Be sure to fit the motherboard inbetween the joystick and volume slider in properly (you can double check by seeing if the volume slider on the outside goes up and down smoothly). When I closed it the first time it was stuck on full volume so I needed to go back in and readjust!

    Veronika Todd - Ответить

    • Remove seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

      • Four 2.5 mm gold screws

      • Two 3.5 mm black screws

      • One 2.5 mm silver screw

    • Lift the side of the motherboard that sits along the bottom edge of the 3DS.

    Do yourself a favor and DON'T remove the 2.5 mm silver screw (yellow circle). It just holds in a little plastic bit under the volume control. The board comes out just fine with the screw still in. If you remove it, the plastic bit will fall out at random when you turn over the case.

    First time I took mine apart, I noticed something fall out later, tracked it down and then puzzled over what it was and where it came from.

    Chupi - Ответить

    There is some adhesive where the AC adapter plugs in so I recommend watching out for that

    Devin Stephenson - Ответить

    • Continue lifting the motherboard assembly and rotate it until it is resting next to the rest of the device.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the LCD ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

    Reinserting this ribbon cable is quite difficult. I found opening the case so that it sits upright at a 90 degree angle helps. The first two times I tried reassembling the top display did not work. Turned out that I was not inserting the ribbon cable in enough. I used tweezers to push this in by gently grabbing the ribbon cable. I was continually inspecting the cable for damage but apparently did not damage it. If anyone has a better idea on how to reinsert this cable I think others would greatly appreciate it.

    pbrazis - Ответить

    Putting the cable back in is the hardest part out of all of this (if you can get past the screws near the beginning). If you have a friend that you trust very much and is very gentle, another pair of hands here really will help. If you're without a friend, make sure to use some flat, angled precision tweezers to push the ribbon in with one hand (pointed tweezers will do in a pinch but you'll have to be careful - I put a small dent in the ribbon and thought I'd broke it), and then use a spudge or something in the other to push the flap down.

    Also worth noting is that the ribbon for the top screen also handles the 3D - if you complete the guide and find you are unable to turn the 3D effect off, you didn't insert the ribbon enough, as I had the problem and re-inserting the ribbon fully fixed it.

    malcolmdemaggio - Ответить

    Careful when reassembling -- watch the position of the black wifi antenna wire! I got mine most of the way back together and noticed it wouldn't close all the way. This wire had come out of the little posts holding it in place and was wedged between the screen and motherboard. Now I have to take it all apart again to fix this.

    Also if you're taking the board out of a working unit to get at the CLK signal to backup the NAND chip ("hardmod"), you don't need to remove the difficult ribbon cable in this step, or the other two wide ones at the top right from earlier. Leave them attached and swing the board out. It won't rotate a full 180 degrees to sit flat outside the unit, but you can open the screen 90 degrees to prop the rest up while having the board out on your table.

    Chupi - Ответить

    I recommend not taking it off in the first place, as reattaching it is awfully difficult. You can easily clean out your abxy buttons with it still attached

    Martin - Ответить

    I am having problems re-inserting the three ribbon cables (3DS XL). Do you need to flip up the retaining flaps first? (I just pulled them out of the slots when removing them.

    darren.brundell - Ответить

    • Remove the motherboard assembly from the rest of the device.

    Make sure when putting the motherboard back onto the bottom part of the casing that the antenna wire is where it should be - the first time I put this back together the wire got loose and was smooshed in between the casing and the Y and Power buttons, causing them to be stiff/not work. Using the spudge should help in pushing the wire back into the slots along the inside of the case.

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    • Before continuing with disassembly, use a pair of tweezers to remove the clear plastic diffuser for the wireless notification LED. The small piece is likely to fall out on its own, and may be difficult to find if it lands on the floor.

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    • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the bottom of the upper case.

    • This step is not necessary if you are only replacing the front panel; however, the replacement of the upper screen, speakers, cameras, and Wi-Fi antenna require it.

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    • Heat the edges of the upper display front panel with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive holding it to the display bezel.

    • Begin prying the edges of the front panel off with a plastic opening tool.

    • If it is difficult to pry the front panel off, reheat the area you are working on with the heat gun, and then return to prying. Applying excessive force could crack the front panel.

    Maybe a dumb question, but how would I go about reattaching the top screen if it's attached to the 3ds by an adhesive? If I have to use more adhesive to put it back on, what would be the recommended kind to do so?

    jgonsoski - Ответить

    I have the same question/concern that "jgonsoski" has. Is the adhesive on the front panel still usable after it's pried off the display bezel? Or does it have to be removed? If so, what adhesive can be used or is suitable to adhere back the front panel to the display bezel?

    STZ9 - Ответить

    adhesive is definitely reusable. I just completed this step. Please make sure the new display is ready to take the tape as soon as you remove it from the old display.

    Xpider - Ответить

    Disclaimer: I replaced my front panel entirely, and threw away the old one.


    If you do not have a replacement front panel, gently removing it (without getting the adhesive oily from your fingers/dusty) and replacing it is an option. The adhesive is incredibly tacky, and while removing the front panel will weaken the adhesive - it will likely be sticky enough to do its job. If not, double-sided tape or small amounts of water based craft glue may help (disclaimer again: I haven't tried these)- do NOT use superglues/liquid cements/epoxies.

    Tai -

    • Continue prying the remaining sides of the front panel by sliding the plastic opening tool down each edge.

    • Too little heat will result in excessive bending/breaking of the front panel, and too much will melt and destroy the LCD underneath. Take your time.

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    • With all of the sides free, lift the upper display front panel off the display bezel.

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    • Remove the six 3.6 mm Phillips screws securing the rear display bezel to the front display bezel.

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    • Flip the device over so that the rear display bezel is on top and the hinge is on the side opposite from you.

    • Lift the edge of the rear display bezel closest to you and rotate it towards the hinge.

    • Continue to lift the rear display bezel off the rest of the device until it is free.

    • There are clips toward the bottom of the rear display bezel holding it in place. Use enough force to disengage the clips, but be careful not to break them.

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    • Remove the 3D adjustment switch from the front display bezel.

    • This step is not necessary for disassembly, but the switch is likely to fall out on its own. By removing it yourself, you reduce the chance of losing it.

    What if I need a new one

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    • Insert a metal probe into the space above the ABXY buttons with the point touching the metal hinge.

    • Push the hinge towards the center of the upper case. This will require a fair amount of force.

    • Before and after images of the hinge location when looking at the back of the upper display are shown.

    When reassembling you may find it difficult to get the bar back into the hole in the hinge. A couple of tips:

    * Reassemble it with the clamshell pieces in a ‘closed’ position (same position that you took it apart).

    * The pin/bar may have rotated slightly during disassembly (mine did). It only goes into the hole one way - the hole is actually a slot. If the alignment is off even a couple of degrees it won’t pop back in. If this happens simply lift the edge with the bar up out of the hinge and push the bar so it pops back out (like it was going into the hinge). The take a pair of pliers and gently rotate the bar to fix the alignment, pop the bar back to the ‘unhinged/open’ position, then reassemble.

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    • Before proceeding, note how the 3 ribbon cables are oriented (what direction the gold contacts face) and layered together (which cable is on top of which). The cables are too short to reach if they are threaded through in any other orientation.

    • Slowly pull the upper display assembly away from the upper case.

    • Make sure that the various ribbon cables are being fed through the slit in the upper case.

    • Separate the upper display assembly from the upper case.

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    • Carefully feed the speaker assembly ribbon cable through the hole in the upper display bezel.

    • You must gently coil the ribbon cables (similar to an ice-cream cone) to allow them to fit - the cables are wider than the hole.

    You may want to use small pieces of scotch tape to reinforce each individual ribbon cable before proceeding, being careful not to cover the gold contacts. The cables can be very brittle and when rolled up tightly they can crack and break like a dry leaf. The tape can be left on the cables after removal and installation.

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    • Remove the 2.5 mm Phillips screw securing the right speaker board to the upper display bezel.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flaps on the parallax barrier ribbon cable ZIF sockets.

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

    • Use a pair of metal tweezers to disconnect the two ribbon cables.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left and right speakers out of their places in the upper display bezel.

    • Pry the camera status LED out of the upper display bezel with the tip of a spudger.

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    • Remove the speaker assembly from the rest of the display assembly.

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    • Gently roll the upper LCD ribbon cable and camera ribbon cable together and insert them into the hinge opening.

    Whoever designed this is a major ****. I eventually found a tear on the new LCD's ribbon upon installing, and I recall having a really hard time twisting the 3 ribbons together and into that tiny hole.

    amat2424 - Ответить

    This is the crazy hard part of the process. Be patient and it should eventually work. I found that reassembling but leaving all of the pieces out of the case (screen, camera harness, speaker harness) helped. It’s nearly impossible to do this if the screen is sitting in it’s normal position - the corner of the screen blocks a part of the hole. Assemble it all outside of the case, curl up the harnesses, and then work them through the hole. Once you have that done, then snake the wifi antenna through the hole. And finally place the screen into place (and the speakers/cameras/led). This probably took me an hour to figure out.

    Oh, and once all of that was done *then* I worried about curling things up again and getting that black bushing over the cables. I doubt I could have done it with the bushing in place in the hole.

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    • Use a pair of metal tweezers to remove the black metal hinge ring from the upper display bezel.

    • Carefully pull the camera and upper LCD ribbon cables through their hole in the upper display bezel.

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    • Peel the camera ribbon cable off the back of the upper LCD.

    • The ribbon cable is held to the back of the LCD housing by an adhesive, so pull on it gently to avoid tearing the ribbon cable.

    • Remove the camera ribbon cable assembly.

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

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