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Old 04-20-2007, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay i'm going to try to do this as simple as possible for the people who are confused on how to change the housing from the sticky on top. I'm not going to take out out the whole case since i don't want dust to get into my screen. But this should be enough to take apart and put back together.

TOOLS: 1 T-6 SCREWDRIVER, A CAN OF COMPRESSED AIR & A FLAT HEAD SCREWDRIVER (PREFERRABLY A PLASTIC ONE TO AVOID DAMAGE TO HOUSING) GOOGLE T-6 SCREWDRIVER IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

MAKE SURE TO DO THIS SOMEWHERE WHERE THERE ISN'T A LOT OF DUST. PREFERRABLY IN A KITCHEN, GARAGE, BATHROOM OR OUTSIDE. BASICALLY ANYWHERE WHERE THERE ISN'T A CARPET, HANGING CLOTHING AND ANYTHING WHERE DUST IS EASILY KICKED UP IN THE AIR.


STEP 1: TAKE OUT THE BATTERY AND YOUR SIM CARD AND REMOVE THESE 3 SCREWS WITH THE T-6 DRIVER AND THE BOTTOM OF THE CASE SHOULD BE LOOSE NOW. (I DIDNT TAKE OUT MY SIM CARD BECAUSE I GOT TOO LAZY AND I FORGOT ABOUT IT)


STEP 2: GENTLY GRASP THE BOTTOM AND PUSH IT UP A LITTLE BIT MAKING A LITTLE GAP BETWEEN THE BACK PLATE AND THE MIDDLE.


STEP 3: GET YOUR FLAT HEAD DRIVER AND GENTLY FROM THE INSIDE (WHERE THE BATTERY WAS) PRY OFF THE GAP YOU MADE. USE STRENGTH IF NECCESSASRY AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT DAMAGING THE CASE SINCE IT JUST SNAPS OFF PRETTY EASILY, DO IT ON BOTH SIDES IF NEEDED. DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT TWIST THE FLATHEAD TO PRY IT OFF SINCE THAT WILL MOST LIKELY DAMAGE THE HOUSING. JUST STICK THE FLAT HEAD IN THE GAP YOU MADE AND PUSH UP AND IT SHOULD JUST COME OFF.


STEP 3: WITH THE BACK PLATE OUT, USE YOUR T-6 DRIVER AND UNSCREW 4 SCREWS THAT HOLDS THE FRONT CASE AND MIDDLE CASE IN PLACE. AFTER THE SCREWS ARE LOOSE, THE FRONT CASE SHOULD JUST POP RIGHT OUT. IF IT DOESN'T JUST GENTLY PULL IT OUT


STEP 4: REPLACE THE HOUSING WITH THE ONE YOU WANT AND JUST PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. SPRAY OFF ANY DUST THAT GETS ONTO THE SCREEN AND MAKE SURE IT'S DUST FREE. HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT OR A BLACK SURFACE. DO NOT TOUCH THE BLACK FOAM SURROUNDING THE SCREEN. THE FOAM IS FRAGILE AND TINY BLACK DOTS WILL COME OFF THE FOAM AND ONTO YOUR SCREEN. SPRAY AWAY FROM THE SCREEN SO YOU DON'T SPRAY ANYMORE DUST IN.

THE FRONT AND BACK CASE HAS LATCHES ON TOP OF THEM SO THEY KIND OF SLIDE RIGHT IN. JUST LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE BACK AND FACE PLATE AND THE MIDDLE PLATE. THERE SHOULD BE SLOTS TO INSERT EACH PLATE. DO NOT FORCE THE HOUSINGS BACK IN. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE AND NO PARTS ARE MISSING. THE LOOSE PARTS IS THE SPEAKER IN THE FRONT CASE ON TOP, THE SIDE PLASTIC WHERE THE CHARGING/USB PORT/EARPHONE PART IS, THE KEYPADS & THE PLASTIC SPACER BEHIND THE KEYPAD. SCREW EVERYTHING BACK ON AND YOU'RE DONE.


Hope this helps people that are confused with the sticky up above.
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Thanks for the great pictures and directions. I was planning on replacing mine after it slide down the driveway... Have a great weekend.

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Old 04-20-2007, 10:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Might I suggest using the macro mode on your camera
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