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[REF] Completely Disassemble the HTC Touch

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By oseven, Senior Member on 11th July 2008, 05:52 PM
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Sorry about the lack of pictures. I'm an iPhone convert so I don't visit this site anymore so I didn't notice they'd gone. But to all those who didn't realise there was a PDF of the guide, I've re-uploaded the pictures from a new source so they're up again.

I've also received a lot of messages from members asking if I would repair their Elf or change the housing etc, so I just wanted to say that yes I am happy to do this (I'm in the UK), so just drop me a PM if you want.


This is a guide to illustrate how to completely disassemble the HTC Touch, including the digitizer

What you need:

T5 Screwdriver
#2 Screwdriver
Plastic opening tools



If you want to be on the safe side I’d also recommend using anti static gloves

To start, remove the back cover by pushing it upwards and sliding it off



Remove the battery and stylus

Using the T5 screwdriver remove the 4 screws at each corner of the main chassis

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Remove the rear speaker at the top of the main chassis by lifting it off



To remove the front housing, use a plastic tool to get between the front part of the case and the chrome rim. Work it around the edge to release all of the catches



Now you need to disconnect the front housing from the mainboard by using a plastic tool to gently lift the connection from the mainboard

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Next, disconnect the vibration part by lifting the red and black wired connection from the mainboard



To remove the mainboard from the chassis, gently pull the USB connection upwards. Once it is just out, pull it clear using the sides – avoid touching it as much as possible

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To remove the camera, simply pull it away from the mainboard in the same way as the front housing separates from the mainboard



To take the LCD out, you need to first disconnect it. To do so, first remove the yellow tape that lies over the connection

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Next, open the catch holding the ribbon cable in place, and pull it out



You will now be able to pull the LCD out without having the remove the LCD’s metal chassis as the ribbon will pull through the back of it



If you need to remove the LCD’s metal chassis, use the T5 screwdriver to undo the 2 screws beneath it, and it will come off

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To remove the digitizer, you need to first disconnect it from the circuitboard behind the keypad by undoing the catch and pulling it out



Although not necessary, I would advise you to remove the circuitboard behind the keypad before the digitizer incase it is damaged during the process

To do this, simply remove the 2 screws holding it in place using the #2 screwdriver

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Then pull the board out by levering it up with the plastic tools. This may take some fiddling but it will come out by gently pulling it while sliding it upwards at the same time




The keypad will now easily come out



To continue with removing the digitizer, push it forwards from behind by pushing on the corners. It is stuck in with a type of glue so it may feel as if it won’t come out but it will

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The digitizer’s ribbon cable will then slide out of the hole on the front housing



To remove the earpiece speaker from the front housing, simply lever it up using the plastic tool or carefully with a screwdriver

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The vibration part from the main chassis easily pulls out



The on/off button, camera button and the SIM and MicroSD card holder door will easily remove from the main chassis by lifting them out



To remove the speaker from the back you simply need to lever it out



This will hopefully help you to replace the housing on your device, or replace faulty parts

Good luck!
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WOW! Just simply WOW! Fantastic guide man. And so much clarity by using the blue background and crystal clear pics. This shud be made a sticky. I have never seen such a thorough and clean and clear cut disassembling guide. You are surely the DISASSEMBLER guru.
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Very useful if I get a Touch!

By the way, I like the IMEI in picture number 3!

EDIT: actually, 4 and 5 has an even better shot...
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