After Hours

Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle

Kindle's E-Ink display ribbon cable connector - Completely open

From this angle, you can see the correct placement of the Kindle's E-Ink display ribbon cable within the main PCB connector. The connector's gate is fully open. When reassembling the Kindle, make sure you insert the ribbon cable until the white line is even with the connector's front edge. You will have to apply slight pressure to fully insert the cable.

When I first reassembled the Kindle, this cable was not fully inserted and the display did not function. I had to open the Kindle a second time and reinsert the cable.

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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...

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