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so that's 5 clean screens

only about 287 to go or is it 22,355

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Thats it! I got on the case (and in it yes :o ) and I now have a dust free phone! Well happy. Only took 5 mins, very easy to do.

Bought a set of mobile phone screw drivers. Broke one getting the aerial cover off, but its not one I'd use for anything else - used a paperclip to get the cover off instead.

Its very easy and the tesco clubcard worked a treat!! Only had paper towel to wipe the inside so still a few specs but it dosn't matter now I know how to take the thing apart.

Very pleased. 8)

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keep up the good work! must be loads of you out there just itching to have a go. Well what's stopping you .

Edited by cat999, 21 September 2005 - 06:23 PM.

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keep up the good work! must be loads of you out there just itching to have a go. Well what's stopping you .

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Agreed. I'm by no means a DIY wiz (still prefer my dad to come round when I want to drill holes in my wall etc :o ) but this really is very easy. All I'd say is be gentle and defo use a credit card to take to top off, if you try and pull it from one point I reckon it might snap. Also, on the side where the keyboard is attached, if you use force you'd proably rip the ribbon off.

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Nice guide there, sounds a doddle, but don't want to risk marking the phone.

I've got a dicky number 9 key on my phone, it won't work with normal pressure like the other keys do, and needs to be pressed really hard to get it to work.

If I use this guide to strip the cover off, is it easy enough to get at the front buttons, and possibly fix the problem?

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Nice guide there, sounds a doddle, but don't want to risk marking the phone.

I've got a dicky number 9 key on my phone, it won't work with normal pressure like the other keys do, and needs to be pressed really hard to get it to work.

If I use this guide to strip the cover off, is it easy enough to get at the front buttons,  and possibly fix the problem?

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The metal contact disc sounds like it needs replacing - they lose their 'springyness' and need either bending gently back into domed shape or replacing. Do you have another phone keypad you could use as a donor?

It's easy to do, removed keypad, peel back sticky backed plastic, remove disc for relevant key, bend into shape or replace, check location of disc on keypad, refit sticky backed plastic, rebuild phone.

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Well, as I was a bit bored during an install tonight, and after putting my mpx220 back together I thought I'd see if this was possible and...

it is!

Remove the ariel cover, remove the 2 screws at the top of the frame, the 2 at the bottom and the small philips under the bluetooth sticker, prise the fascia away and hinge on the keypad ribbon side, when hinged open remove the 4 philips holding the keypad and your fascia's off and your warranty sticker is intact. Wear gloves ( unlike me) and no-one need know you've ever been inside....

Now gotta clean the prints off and re-assemble...

anything else you guys want to see in bits? done my m2000, mpx200, mpx220, c500...I know! My M500!........maybe tomorrow night....?...

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Awesome find my good man!!! Somebody please pin this!


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pinned ;)

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ive tried this, but im getting stuck when i come to removing the actual front. i seem to be ripping the black fascia away from the chassis and not bringin the front chassis with me.

where am i going wrong? my front seems tight, do i have to unclip the screen or anything? it feels like its catching on something.

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The metal contact disc sounds like it needs replacing - they lose their 'springyness' and need either bending gently back into domed shape or replacing. Do you have another phone keypad you could use as a donor?

It's easy to do, removed keypad, peel back sticky backed plastic, remove disc for relevant key, bend into shape or replace, check location of disc on keypad, refit sticky backed plastic, rebuild phone.

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I ended up sending it back to HTC again (first time was for dust) for them to sort it out. It's still got 2 months left on the warranty, so aside from it being an inconvenience, i'd rather they open it and fix it. Once the warranty is out then that's different and the screwdrivers will be out. ;)

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I ended up sending it back to HTC again (first time was for dust) for them to sort it out.  It's still got 2 months left on the warranty, so aside from it being an inconvenience, i'd rather they open it and fix it.  Once the warranty is out then that's different and the screwdrivers will be out.  :D

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I completley agree. Why bodge it yourself when you can send it to the professional bodgers ;) Rant here. To be fair, they are correcting the issues. Still without the phone though.

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Well, as I was a bit bored during an install tonight, and after putting my mpx220 back together I thought I'd see if this was possible and...

it is!



A big thanks for this, the dust has been sending me mad.

thanks 'Stevo C' as well for the additional ariel cover info.

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Just want to say thanks, I have an SMT5600 and the dust was driving me absolutely crazy. This procedure worked fantastic...don't know why HTC didn't put a rubber gasket around the outer edge, I was in awe at the amount of dust built up in the entire phone...Now that I know how easy it is to get all the black pieces off, I may get some high gloss white spray paint and give it that white and silver "iPod" look... ;)

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don't know why HTC didn't put a rubber gasket around the outer edge

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Later production phones do have a seal, but if yours doesn't double folded double sided tape does quite nicely to stop the dust.

Now that I know how easy it is to get all the black pieces off, I may get some high gloss white spray paint and give it that white and silver "iPod" look...  ;)

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Many people have suggested it, I'd love to see one! I've seen a chromed front on a german site that looked sweet.

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Very grateful for the instructions on the disassembly of the c500.

I cracked my front screen recently, got another set of covers for £18 off ebay.co.uk and read http://www.digimission.com/?page_id=25 as well as this thread. Thanks to the info, I was able change the front cover. It'll keep my phone going for another year.

It took me 30min to change over and the fiddly bit was removing the aerial cover at the back. Hint. when you think you are not getting anywhere just push the tabs a little harder, the cover will pop up with a little upward pressure.

Another hint is to ensure the bits of metal that separates the rows of keys are shaped convex. It can get bent concave, causing the joypad to stick.

Cheers

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I'm loving the ability to take everything off without voiding the warranty! I've havn't experienced dust issues yet but if I do I'll be prepared. (I'm also loving the idea of having a 'polished edition' - it's 1 way of removing the orange symbol (made redundant by my vodafone sim card)).

Stank you smelly much!

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I'm about to have a go at this and, looking through these instructions, one step 'frightens' me a little. Is it easy to separate the front fascia (black) from the body of the phone (silver) once all the necessary screws have been removed?

I'm intending to replace the fascia with one I've got hold of, and there appear to be lots of metal tabs attached to black fascia which, I guess, engage with the silver body. How exactly do I lever/pull the fascia/body apart without causing any damage.

Can anyone advise. Thanks , Matt

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I'm about to have a go at this and, looking through these instructions, one step 'frightens' me a little. Is it easy to separate the front fascia (black) from the body of the phone (silver) once all the necessary screws have been removed?

I'm intending to replace the fascia with one I've got hold of, and there appear to be lots of metal tabs attached to black fascia which, I guess, engage with the silver body.  How exactly do I lever/pull the fascia/body apart without causing any damage.

Can anyone advise. Thanks , Matt

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Get a credit card, and stick the corner of the card in-between the facia and phone on the bottom right hand corner of the device.

Then, simply slide the card up the side of the phone and the facia will come off from that side. Once off, the other side comes off easily by just gently pulling. :)

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>< i need the proper screwdrivers... are they propritary?

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>< i need the proper screwdrivers... are they propritary?

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No. Read the methods, write down the tools listed, and go to a *decent* hardware or electronics store - the screws are also used in Nokias and other brands so the screwdrivers are fairly common.

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