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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.

Photo by Bill Detwiler/TechRepublic.com

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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.