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Thursday, October 22, 2009

How To: Blackberry Pearl 8100 Tear Down Guide

It's time for another edition of the popular tear down guides for the Blackberry line of mobile devices and phones. This time, I will be tearing down the Blackberry Pearl 8100 Series of phones. This particular phone was no longer functioning (broken trackball) which I will be fixing and showing in an upcoming post.

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.

Here is the how-to guide on disassembling or tearing down your Blackberry Pearl 8100 series phone. The guide requires a T6 Torx bit screwdriver to be successful. If you don't have one, you can get it here from Amazon.com -- click here.

1. Remove the battery cover. In order to remove the battery cover, turn the phone over push on the cover slightly and slide it down. After the cover clicks and slides, lift up to remove it.

Remove the battery cover. In order to remove the battery cover, turn the phone over push on the cover slightly and slide it down. After the cover clicks and slides, lift up to remove it.
2. Now remove the battery. To remove the battery, lift up on the lower corners of the battery and tilt at an angle. The battery should come out easily.

Now remove the battery. To remove the battery, lift up on the lower corners of the battery and tilt at an angle. The battery should come out easily.
3. Using your Torx scredriver bit, remove the two screws at the top of the Blackberry Pearl 8100 series.

Using your Torx scredriver bit, remove the two screws at the top of the Blackberry Pearl 8100 series.
4. Now comes the trickiest part of this teardown guide. You need to carefully pop out (possibly use a small screwdriver from a eyeglasses set) the bottom plastic piece. There are two hooks that will disconnect from the Blackberry and the you can rotate it off and it pops off.

Now comes the trickiest part of this teardown guide.  You need to carefully pop out (possibly use a small screwdriver from a eyeglasses set) the bottom plastic piece.  There are two hooks that will disconnect from the Blackberry and the you can rotate it off and it pops off.
5. Once you have removed the plastic piece, it exposes two additional screws on the face of the Blackberry Pearl. Remove these two screws with your T6 Torx screwdriver.

Once you have removed the plastic piece, it exposes two additional screws on the face of the Blackberry Pearl.  Remove these two screws with your T6 Torx screwdriver.
6. When you remove the last two screws, it releases the silver sides of your Blackberry Pearl. From there just pull them of, the best technique is to start on one side and apply light and even pressure until they lift off.

When you remove the last two screws, it releases the silver sides of your Blackberry Pearl.  From there just pull them of, the best technique is to start on one side and apply light and even pressure until they lift off.
7. Once the side plastic pieces are removed, you can simply lift off the black plastic piece holding covering the main board on your Blackberry Pearl.

Once the side plastic pieces are removed, you can simply lift off the black plastic piece holding covering the main board on your Blackberry Pearl.
8. Now you can just lift the Blackberry Pearl's main board out of the face plate of the Blackberry Pearl 8100 and you have disassembled the main pieces of your Blacberry Pearl.

Now you can just lift the Blackberry Pearl's main board out of the face plate of the Blackberry Pearl 8100 and you have disassembled the main pieces of your Blacberry Pearl. Congratulations, you have successfully completed the tear down of your Blackberry Pearl 8100 series! In order to put your Pearl back together, all you need to do is reverse the steps in this guide and you will complete it. Upcoming guides will include repairing subcomponents and cleaning your Blackberry Pearl device.

Did this guide help you out or do you have additional quesitons? If so, just leave a question / comment below.

1 comments:

MiltonStrother said...

this was a useful teardown for me. used it to clean the gunk out of the cracks and make it look like new.
thanks