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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blackberry - How to replace a broken LCD screen on your 8700 - Step-by-Step

Do you need to replace your LCD screen on your Blackberry 8700? It can be frustrating if your LCD screen gets cracked, damaged, or shattered. This can even happen if you just simply drop your Blackberry on the ground. However, repairing the LCD screen with backlight for the Blackberry 8700 series is common, although not trivial process. This post will walk you through the process of replacing your LCD display, step-by-step.

There are a couple of requirements in order to be able to perform this procedure. The first is that you need a TORX T5 bit screwdriver. (I recently picked one up on eBay) The second is that you need the compatible replacement LCD screen parts. Those can be obtained from one of the advertisers on the right for your Blackberry by clicking on them.

Here is the step-by-step.

1. Place your Blackberry 8700 series mobile phone face down to expose the back.

2. Place your finger on the button at the botton and slide the back down. As it slides down it should disconnect and you should be able to set it to the side.

3. Remove the battery from the Blackberry 8700 series. Lift up on the battery from the top and rotate out until it disconnects. The is a spot on the upper left where your finger will fit. Once the batter is removed, the SIM card is exposed.

4. Just below the SIM card is a black tab that will release the SIM card from the Blackberry unit. Push the black plastic tab down and with your index finger, slide the SIM card down. As it slides down, it will release from the holder.

5. Remove the three TORX T5 screws in the locations picture below. They are all the same size, so no need to remember which locations they came from.

6. Starting from bottom of the Blackberry 8700, pull apart the rear casing (backplate) from the rest of the phone. There are multiple clips that release as you pull it apart. It will take some effort to separate the two, be careful that you do not break the clips.

7. Remove four additional screws (pictured below) that hold the center logic (motherboard) board to the faceplate.

8. Separate the front of the faceplate from the board again by pulling from the bottom up. No clips are attaching the faceplate to main board and it should pull cleanly. The plastic nub around the headphone / USB jack should come loose.

9. Take the main board with the LCD display screen facing you. There is a clip in the upper left hand corner that holds the ribbon connector for the LCD screen fastened to the Blackbery 8700. Lift up on the small black plastic clip to free the LCD ribbon connector. Be careful not to damage the plastic clip.

10. Turn the main board over. There are four clips that hold the LCD display screen to the main logic board (see picture). Start on one side (opposite of the LCD ribbon cable) and loosen the two clips. Then loosen the two on the other side. The LCD display screen will separate from the main board easily.

11. Inspect your replacement LCD screen and make sure it is ready to go into your Blackberry 8700 series.

12. Putting the LCD display back on the main board of the Blackberry 8700 can be a little tricky. What you want to do is start on the left side, where the ribbon cable attaches. Slide the ribbon cable all the way into the connector and close the black plastic tab. Then clip in the same side of the LCD screen. Lastly, clip in the other side of the LCD screen. Be sure to clean both the LCD screen and the inside of the faceplate before continuing.

13. Insert the top of the mainboard into the faceplate. There is a lip that it needs to be slid into.

14. Replace the 4 screws that attach the board to the faceplate.

15. Snap on the backplate (back plate) to the rest of your Blackberry 8700 starting from the top and snapping downward to attach the clips.

16. Replace the last three screws.

17. Replace your SIM card and battery.

18. Slide the back cover onto your Blackberry 8700 series unit and you have completed the faceplate replacement!

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This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, Blackberry 8700, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8703e


Anonymous said...

Excellent instructions!!
My 8700c used a Torx T6.

Anonymous said...

Very useful tip, I used this guide to take apart my blackberry to clean it.. dust under the screen, dust compacted around the track wheel. And my 8700g used the T6 screw driver. Luckily I bought a 5 piece set.

Bill said...

Great instructions. Worked very nicely for my 8700c, and saved me about $130 in the process. Heck, my nine-year-old even helped out!

Anonymous said...

mine used 2 T6's and 1 T5 screw... crazy.

Kyle said...

T6 for me too. I also bought a set, so it wasn't a problem. But I was very close to just buying a T5, and that would have been a PITA.

Anonymous said...

Great instructions. I especially needed the part about the black plastic clip that holds the ribbon in.