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as you can see my LCD is bleeding because i fell asleep on it one night...
________________________________________Now before i continue i just want to let you guys know i am a complete noob when it comes to phones and android. My phone previous to this was a sony x10 (and before that an iphone). It was my first introduction to the droid life. I didn't have the phone too long before i got rid of it for a beta testing dell streak (which i purchased about a year ago before it hit the market in both north america and europe). I have a bit tech savy and know a bit about linux. More of a linux hobbiest then thoes hardcore guys who compile kernel.
Taking the streak apart may be alittle intimidating at first, especially if you have never taken a phone apart.
I ordered my screen on ebay. It was just under $100 shipped to my door.
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I figured while i have the phone apart i might as well replace the internal memory card to a 4GB class 10. After a lot of reading i thought this was the best way to go since i didn't have to edit a boot.img file everytime i decided to change my rom.
I orded my microsd card on ebay as well. I didn't really shop around for the best price...
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Now that i purchased thoes... Here comes the work...
Taking the phone apart:
First thing you need is one of thoes plastic pry tools used for taking apart phones. I was lucky that it came with my screen replacement. As well as a torx screw driver.
1. Pry the top gloss black ear piece above your LCD screen. Start with the very top where the ear piece meets the grey casing. Once you get the pry tool between them slowly slide the tool side to side loosening the ear piece. It might seem a bit tight but thats because its being held on with double sided tape. This piece just pops off the screen.
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2. Pry the bottom captive touch piece similar to the top. BECAREFUL when prying this one. There is a ribbon cable attached to the main board in the phone. All you want to do is loosen it from phone while keeping the ribbon cable attached, so you have access to the screws behind it.
3. Remove all 5 screws behind both the top and bottom pieces.
4. Remove the back cover, battery, simcard and microsd card.
5. Pry the back of the phone starting between the LCD screen and the case making sure that you are on the PDMI connector side.
TIP: keep the PDMI connector pointed towards up to avoid having the volume, power and camera buttons fall out.
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6. Now you'll have access to the internal microSD. You'll need to pull away the foam tape so you can pull the SD card out. Now insert your newly purchased 4GB class10 card. You'll also notice that there is black plastic piece at the bottom that has a cutout for the speaker. You can pry this off to now.
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7. Beside the internal SD card slot towards the side with the PDMI connector, you'll notice a piece of foam tape with a ribbon cable under it. remove the foam then remove the ribbon cable. Also remove the larger ribbon cable that runs down that side of the phone. Disconnect the camera.
--== Here is where you would continue to remove the LCD by prying it out from the casing. Starting on top of the case where it meets the LCD and prying around. it should just pop off with ease. I decided to do a quick reassembly to see if my SD card would work instead of having to deal with me handling my new screen. ==--
8. Pry LCD off from casing while gently pulling the ribbon cables out from they slots on the casing. Now you'll be left with the screen and motherboard.
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9. Step 8 in reverse.
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