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Cracking Open the 7" Acer Iconia Tab (A100)

Cracking Open Acer Iconia Tab A100: Cypress Semiconductor CY8CTMA375 and CY8CTMA395 touchscreen controllers

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

3 comments
Khalbrae
Khalbrae

Great news! Most Iconia A100s do not have that obnoxious glue you mentioned! I put off taking mine apart for a long time once the LCD screen cracked (all other parts are oddly pristine) because I thought I'd cause more damage getting it out. Now I have a replacement part on the way and will have it back up and running in a month! Hooray! Thanks for the guide. Please update with the "Glue may not be present" factoid in your guide to avoid scaring people from even opening it up to investigate.

tech
tech

I have a $100 Flytouch a-pad (cheap Chinese tablet). The pictures of the Acer's guts show a high level of quality manufacturing and good parts. I recently had to crack open my a-pad, because a capacitor came loose from the motherboard and was preventing the device from booting. While inside, I found multiple cold soldier joints and very sloppy construction. Looks like the Acer line is improving!

andy.hefty
andy.hefty

And that's one tough little device. Fast, user-friendly, and it even survived a two-foot drop. Well worth the $300.