Use this guide for replacing the keyboard on a Kindle 3. The guide shows how to disassemble the device to replace the damaged keyboard.
Before replacing the Kindle 3 keyboard, you need to remove or disconnect the following components:
- Back cover
- Fourteen (14 ) silver and eleven (11) gray screws
- Five (5) cables
- Two (2) plates
Insert a plastic opening tool into the seam between the back and front of the Kindle 3 (as indicated in the photograph).
Using the plastic opening tool, lift the back cover of the device.
Remove the back cover.
Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 14 silver screws (4mm) that secure the components within the housing.
Using the screwdriver, remove the 11 gray screws (4mm) that secure the motherboard to the housing.
Remove the battery, starting from the side that was secured by the screws.
Using the plastic opening tool, carefully lift the ribbon cable to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Latches secure the three remaining ribbon cables to the motherboard.
To disconnect the latched ribbon cable, open the latch and gently slide out the cable.
Insert the plastic opening tool underneath the silver-headed black cable and gently disconnect the cable from the motherboard.
With the cable still attached, flip over the motherboard.
Remove the gray and gold plates from the housing.
Replace the damaged keyboard.