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Friday, October 23, 2009

How To: Blackberry Pearl 8100 LCD Replacement Guide

You put your Blackberry Pearl into your pants pocket and you bumped into something and you heard crack...causing your to squirm.

Or...maybe you Blackberry Pearl was dropped and the face hit a sharp corner of a rock, breaking the LCD.

Or...perhaps you just got made and hit your Blackberry Pearl and you shattered the LCD.

Or...maybe it just burnt out or stopped working.

In any case, if you are out of sorts because you need to replace the LCD screen on your Blackberry Pearl 8100 series, then this is the right post for you! In just a couple of steps, I will show you how you can quickly and easily you can repair the Blackberry yourself for just a few minutes of your time!

Before we get started, there are two things that you need:

1. A replacement OEM LCD screen for your Blackberry Pearl! Thank goodness they are readily available, you can get yours from Buy a replacement LCD by clicking here.

2. You need a Torx bit screwdriver, specifically of the T6 size. However, I have found that is always best to have a complete set. Again, you can purchase these from Amazon and here is a quick link for you, click here to purchase.

If you have those two items, then you are ready to go. Just as a quick reminder, this particular guide should cover the entire line of Blackberry phones whether you are on the AT&T / Cingular, T-Mobile, or Verizon networks. As each network has it's own Blackberry Pearl model including the Blackberry Pearl 8100, Blackberry Pearl 8110, Blackberry Pearl 8120, and Blackberry Pearl 8130.

Now, let's get started with how to tutorial:

1. First off, you need to perform a basic tear down of your Blackberry Pearl 8100 series smart phone mobile device. I have previously posted a how-to guide on the basic technique for disassembling the Blackberry Pearl here:

2. Once you get the basic tear down completed leaving you with the Blackberry Pearl main board with the LCD screen attached, now you will need to unhook the LCD cable from the board so you can remove the LCD. To do this, there is a small latch in the uppoer left hand corner (upper right of the picture) of the Blackberry LCD FACING the LCD Screen. Lift the black latch with light pressure to unlock the cable -- be careful not to damage the latch or the cable, as recovery is very difficult.

3. Now slide out the cable from the connector and you will notice that the LCD Screen sticks to the main board. Just lift with even pressure in order to remove the LCD screen. It should peel off, just like a sticker!

4. To replace your screen, just follow the two steps above in reverse. You want to position the the LCD Screen first and stick it to the main board on your Blackberry Pearl before you re-attach the LCD cable connector. Be sure to latch down the cable before putting your Blackberry Pearl back together or you will be going through the tear down process again!

Good luck, please let me know if this works for you with a comment; or feel free to leave a question!