Disassembling Neo 1973
|NOTE: The Disassembling the Neo1973 page shows how to open up the Neo 1973. Since the Neo FreeRunner shares the same case, this procedure applies to both.|
Back side of Neo1973
The picture below is from the GTA01Bv3 model. The GTA01Bv4 has the Openmoko logo + OPENMOKO text below instead.
Opening back cover
To remove the back cover, put your fingernail in the small recess on the top of the Neo, and pull gently.
|NOTE: the back is not hinged, as it may appear in this picture; lift both sides away equally to avoid breaking the small tabs.|
Please note the 27 x 9 x 6 mm space above the sim & memory cards after inserting the battery. This could maybe be of some use for 3rd party electronics.
|NOTE: In order to remove the front cover, you now need to remove the two Torx screws (T6x40)|
Carefully remove top cover
To remove the top cover, after removing the two Torx screws, carefully squeeze the end of the supplied guitar pick between the cover and the case at the bottom of the device, and then slide the pick up to the top on one side (do not twist the pick). As you slide the pick along, the case retaining clips should come apart with a snapping sound. Repeat the procedure for the other side of the device. To unclip the last remaining large retaining clip at the top, slide the pick all the way to the top (this can be difficult) and then press it in at the centre. By careful application of force the clip will detach and the cover can then be removed.
Top case lid removed
Visible in this image, from the right, going clockwise.
- The blocky device at the far right is the GPS antenna.
- To the left of this, there are two gold pads, which are where the earpiece speaker connects.
- The Debug Board connector.
- At the left, the black semicircular device is the GSM antenna.
- Immediately to its right, the small circular black/gold object is the microphone
- At the top right, the Aux button
- Right below it seems to be a small battery. It can also be seen on the picture below.
In the middle is the touchscreen LCD, the touchscreen printed wire can be seen beginning at the bottom left of this, through the glass.
Lifting the PCB on the left side
|NOTE: You have to bend the plastic case a bit outwards until the headphone jack on the left side of the device becomes loose|
Its not shown in this picture, but I've found that it helps to slide the AUX button out of the case before trying to remove the PCB. This allows you to get a firm hold on the PCB while gently bending the case to free the headphone jack and plastic retaining clips.
Removing PCB from case frame
|NOTE: Since the PCB now is loose on one side, you can carefully pull the USB socket and GPS antenna connector out of the right side of the case, and then flip the PCB upwards|
- At the top on a green board, the bluetooth module, and the square bluetooth antenna.
- The headset jack is to the right of this.
- To the right of the headset jack is the left speaker connector.
On the other side of the PCB, going from bottom-right corner down-left.
- The small circular connector is the GSM connector to which an external aerial can be connected with the back removed, or with an alternative back.
- To the left of this is the right speaker connector.
- One of the button switches.
- USB port.
- Micro-SD slot
- SIM slot - overlaying the Micro-SD slot when present.
- Gold GPS antenna connector.
- Immediately above this with the grey wire connection is the connection to the built in GPS antenna.
On the case picture below, you can see the left and right speakers under the translucent plastic, and the vibrator motor in the middle.
Empty case frame
You can actually see the two stereo speakers beneath the translucent cover, and next to it the small vibrator motor.
Next to the top of the picture is a hole near the speaker. The external GSM antenna connector is accessed through this hole.
the display is held on by some two sided adhesive, you will need to pry it off starting on the side opposite its connector cable. If care is taken removing it you can use it again (I used a blow dryer to heat the screen to make prying the screen from the board a little less likely to damage the unit).
- Repair4MobilePhone mentions this document in the DIY repair guides for FIC mobile phones section.
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