Originally Posted by demkantor
Looks like a perfect video, really an easy job even if you consider yourself a novice, so don't be too worried
well, it was the best I found, but it's far of being perfect, because I'm quite sure, he broke s.th. while removing the back.
I don't think that I'm a "novice", I've opened (repaired and put back together) successfully a lot of smart phones (and other electronics) before, but the G1 was not easy, because it needed some "uncommon" force.
Maybe it is easier for others to open it, if they know how it is closed and where to take extra care, maybe, I destroyed my G1 while opening
To open the phone, first unscrew all five screws, then lift it firmly on both sides:
Then open the clips on the bottom of the phone an lift it firmly:
Take care, that you do not enter with your tools too much into the phone, otherwise you might damage the cable, that is located behind one of the clips!
Next, open the clips at the top of the phone and remove the back:
Now remove the main board, located on the bottom, first remove two plugs and two antenna cables:
Then firmly open the clip and lift the board up (on the picture, the cable is still connected!):
Finally get it firmly out of the clip at the other end, take care with the two cables, connected at the other side of the board:
Now you can push the main board firmly by side and open the three screws underneath the board:
Last step, before replacing the lower keymate, is removing the cover.
The two arrows on the left, indicate the clips you have to open from the other side, the two on the right you have to open from the side:
So after disassembling my G1, now I have to wait for the new spare part, hopefully I get it back in fully working condition!