How Replace A Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD XT912 Screen


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Using a spudger (or guitar pick), carefully release all the clips around the edges. The back is affixed to the phone with double-sided adhesive tape. Carefully pull from each corner and edge until it comes away from the phone.
With the battery revealed, remove the three screws along the bottom , the two on the sides, and two on the top corners with a T4 bit. Beware. There is one more screw under the top plastic cover.
Use a guitar pick or similar pry tool to get underneath the camera panel. Be careful around the rear camera.
Remove the final T3 screw.
Use a guitar pick or similar pry tool to release all the clips around the edge of the bezel. Be careful around the buttons and the sim card slot. I released everything I could on the top, bottom, and around the sim card slot. Then I pried loose the sim card slot and the side with the buttons became much easier.
Using tweezers, remove the battery lead cover shown here. Be careful to not connect the two leads with your tweezers or screwdriver. Remove both T5 screws.
SLowly and carefully pry up the battery. Do not use the pull tab as the batter will be taped down pretty securely. Work your way around the edges of the battery until it feels loose enough to pry up and remove it.
Remove the three T3 screws shown here and remove the battery casing.
After removing the battery frame, remove the yellow tape shown here. Now gently release the three black ribbon clamps as shown. In this photo, the first is released and I am about to release the second.
Using a guitar pick or pry tool, release the four clips that hold the camera housing in place. There are two on the top edge of the phone and one on each side. Once those have been released, use a pry tool under the center of the top edge (even with the screw hole) to pry it up slowly. When loose, carefully pull the camera housing away while unplugging the ribbon cables.
Now remove the cable shield as shown here. In this photo, you can see that I am prying it towards me to release a sticking point. There are cables under here, so be careful and use a safe prying tool!
Once the shield is removed, gently pry up the cable connections as shown. Do all three. The section will be able to raise up a little, but do not pull it out.
Starting in the corners, pry around all the edges of the board. Pry only the edges and be very patient. The board is expensive and you can break it if you’re not careful.
Once you’ve removed the broken screen and bezel, you can now put the new one in place. Don’t forget to attach all three ribbon cables. Be patient and line them up if they don’t connect easily.
Remove the two cameras from the housing and first get the rear-facing camera (on the left) in place and attach its ribbon. Then put the housing in place, and finally add the front facing camera and attach its ribbon cable.
Now put the cable cover back in place the same way you got it out.
Replace the battery housing and secure it with the three screws you removed earlier. Then re-attach the battery cable with the screws the match it.
Now replace the plastic outer bezel and make sure all clips snap into place.
Replace all 7 screws in that hold the bezel and camera housing in place.
Now replace the camera lens and flash cover and the antenna on the bottom.
Finally, replace the back cover and give it a little pressure to get it to stick again and you’re done.
If you’ve done everything correctly, you’ll end up with a working phone and a new screen.

How To Replace A HTC EVO 3D Digitizer


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When electronics break or malfunction there are two things you can do if you don’t want to pay for repairs. You can sell it cheap or you can fix it yourself. I like to fix it myself if I think I can, so when I saw an HTC EVO 3D at a garage sale for $10, I had to ask what was wrong with it. The seller told me “the screen acts like you’re touching it sometimes and gets all crazy”, so I bought it with the hope that I could fix it. Sure enough, another $14 and an hour of my time was all it took. Below are the instructions on how to do this yourself. Read them all the way through before starting, click any photo to super size it, and comment below with any questions. Now let’s get started.

1. Buy a new digitizer. Check ebay and you should be able to find one for under $15. The one I bought from etechnotics came with a T5 screwdriver a Phillips screwdriver, and two spudger pry tools.
2. Remove back cover. This is pretty simple to do and likely you’ve done it before.
3. With the cover off, remove battery and MicroSD card.
4. Remove the six screws shown. There are two Phillips screws half way up the phone on the edges, and there are four T5 screws on the corners.
5. Remove the small plastic piece at the top of the phone with a spudger.
6. Remove the back inner housing with a spudger carefully. Be sure not to break anything.
7. With tweezers, remove the three pieces of yellow tape from the connectors.
8. Now disconnect the four flex cables shown. Be careful not to damage them!
9. Remove two silver Phillips screws pointed to in the photo. This will loosen up the board.
10. Flip the piece shown up as you can see in the photo and carefully pull back the board from the top end, being careful about the remaining flex cables that are still connected.
11. Pull back the silver cover tape just enough to reveal these two flex cables and then disconnect them.
12. While you’re at it, unplug the antenna cable.
13. Now for the hard part. Pry the glass away from the screen as shown with a spudger. You can try to loosen the glue with a heat gun or hair dryer, but be very careful about the amount of heat you use as it can damage the components.
14. Pry the screen out of the case in the same way, being mindful of the flex cables. Be very careful here. I nearly damaged the screen being impatient. When complete, you should have three pieces as shown.
15. Clean up any leftover glue between the screen and the digitizer and replace with thin strips of double-sided tape.
16. Peel the backing off of your new digitizer and carefully line it up with the screen, pressing it firmly in place when lined up.
17. Finally, just reverse the steps to put it back together (don’t forget to reconnect ALL the cables).

How To Replace A Broken Laptop Screen


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One of the worst things that can happen to your laptop is ending up with a cracked screen. Be it as a result of dropping it, stepping on it, or other means, nobody likes to find out that the screen now makes better fractal art than it does a monitor. Luckily, it’s also one of the easier hardware fixes to do yourself. If you’re afraid of replacing your broken screen, don’t be. With a couple safety precautions, you can replace most modern laptop screens using steps like the ones below. If you have an eMachines M5414 or similar model, you can follow the exact steps below to replace your screen.

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Ugly, isn’t it. Luckily, it’s not mine, but my brother-in-law knows how much I like to pull apart electronics, so I picked it up and ordered a new screen from ebay. Fixing something like this yourself is a lot cheaper than taking it to a professional for repair, but remember, I can’t guarantee you won’t ruin your laptop and you may void your warranty. That said, it really is an easy fix, so let’s get started.

What you’ll need
Before you begin, you’ll want to keep a couple things in mind and have a few things handy. For this project, it’s good to have a smaller screwdriver with a slotted end and a Phillips end. I have a pen-sized pocket screwdriver that worked nicely. Scotch tape (or generic) and scissors will also be helpful. Make sure you’re close to a power source and have a flat, static-free surface to work on. If you have a grounding strap, use it, and most importantly, remove the power plug and battery before you do anything. Finally, this whole process is a lot easier if you can purchase a new screen before you begin. Usually, you can just find the right screen by searching for your model number on ebay. Just be sure you buy the right one and get it from a reputable seller. Mine was about $100 from laptop_geniuses and was in my hands only a couple days after I paid.

Step 1: Remove the Bezel screw covers and screws
The way to the screen in most laptops is found by first removing the bezel, the plastic covering on the screen side of the laptop. You never want to force anything too much when removing or replacing parts, so be sure you find and remove all of the screws. In the first picture below, you can see an example of one of the screws with the rubber cover still on it and one with it removed. This laptop had six, but if you’re working on a different make or model, there may be more.

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As you remove smaller parts like screws, make sure you keep them handy and know what’s what. I like to label a piece of paper and stick the screws to a piece of tape on the paper right below the label. This way, I know exactly where everything goes when I put it back together and I don’t have to worry about any rolling off because of the tape.

Step 2: Remove the bezel from the laptop body
Now that you’ve removed all the screws, you usually can’t just pull the bezel off. Usually, the two sides of the plastic will be snapped together. It will be pretty easy to pry apart, but you should be gentle with it and use the small slotted end of your screwdriver to carefully pry the two sides apart. Start from the top middle and work your way out and then down each side. To get a better angle on the bottom of the bezel, close the laptop most of the way and work on it from the back. When you’re done, you can mostly just pull away the bezel. At the bottom, near the middle, you may need to angle it a little to get the plastic out from around the hinge. On this machine, it was easier to get the left side of the hinge and then the right. When you’re done, it should look a little like the picture on the right, below.

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Step 3: Remove the broken screen
Before you can install the new screen, you’ll need to remove the broken one, of course. With the bezel now out of the way, there’s just a little more work to be done before the screen can come out. On the front (on this machine, anyway), there’s a metal bar that protects the inverter board and cables. Just remove the two screws and set that aside. I set it down in the same direction I removed it just to make it easier to figure out later. Around the edges of the screen are a bunch of tiny screws. You’ll want to remove all of the ones that keep the screen from coming out of the casing.

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With all the screw removed, the screen may just fall right out of the casing, but it will often have a little glue to keep it secured. Just pry the screen away and gently let it rest on the keyboard. You’ll notice a couple cables connecting the screen to the laptop. Gently unplug both and remove the broken screen.

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Step 4: Install the new screen
Remove your new screen from any packaging it came in and plug the cables into it, being careful to not touch anything that has DO NOT TOUCH warnings on it. The video cable can sometimes come loose after time, so it doesn’t hurt to tape it down after it’s plugged in. Be aware of where your cables need to run. If you have a cable in the wrong place, you could pierce it when putting everything back together. As an example, in the right photo below, you can see the power cable wrapped around the screw post, but if it’s not tucked back a little farther than that, it will be in the way.

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Get your inverter board and anything else that has been displaced back to where it is supposed to go. You may need to hold it in place while you screw things back together if it wont stay on its own. Then replace all the screws you removed from the old screen so they’ll now hold the new one firmly in place. While putting things back together, remember not to force things. If it feels wrong, it may be. Be patient and take your time to make sure it’s right. If your new screen comes with a protective cover taped to the front like mine did, you can untape it before installation, but I chose to install mine and then used the sharp edge of my scissors to cut the tape at the edge of the screen after it was all screwed in. This way, it’s still protected from my screwdriver while I work.

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Step 5: Test
You don’t want to get the whole thing put back together only to find out that it doesn’t work. Get it back together enough to protect yourself from shock and then plug it in and turn it on. If you get no video at all or it doesn’t look right, shut it down, unplug, and re-check all your connections and cable placements. Hopefully, though, it’ll look something like below:

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Step 6: Put it back together and clean up
As long as it’s all working properly, shut the laptop down and unplug it again. Then put the bezel back on, snapping it back together around the edges in the reverse of how you removed it. Put all the screws back in and replace the rubber covers.

When you’re all done, you should have a great-looking screen that reminds you of when you first brought it home. If you have extra pieces when you’re done (other than the broken screen), you did it wrong. If you used this guide and found it useful, I’d love to hear about it and if you have questions, just ask.