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Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle

Remove nine screws to detach the Kindle's main PCB

To detach the Kindle's main PCB, you'll need to remove nine Phillips 000 screws. Eight screws are visible once you remove the case's back panel. The ninth screw is hidden under the SD card reader, which you'll need to remove to access the screw.

The Kindle also has six ribbon cables on the main PCB that you must disconnect before lifting the PCB away from the case. In addition to the ribbon cables, you must disconnect two antenna cables, the battery cable (which you already disconnected), and the speaker cable.

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4 comments
Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Great gallery, Bill. Did you happen to notice what was directly beneath the small knockout box? It was too difficult looking at the pictures to line it up. Is it something that may need to be user-serviceable or some sort of expansion?

ScarF
ScarF

Aligning the components, I believe it is the small ribbon connector you may see in pict.25 placed on the left of the battery connector. As seen in pict.13, removing just the knockout box will give you access to this connector seeing part of the metal shield, also. I can't figure why Amazon's designers added this knockout box. Maybe Bill can give us a hand with this.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

It was in Image 11 -- he specifically pointed it out.