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How to disassemble ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet 8/16/32GB and replace I/O ribbon board with stereo audio headphone jack & micro USB DC IN power jack

How to disassemble ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet 8/16/32GB and replace I/O ribbon board with stereo audio headphone jack & micro USB DC IN power jack
Authors: Anton Muchychka
How to disassemble ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet 8/16/32GB and replace I/O ribbon board with stereo audio headphone jack & micro USB DC IN power jack
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Today we'll discuss a very common problem - the device doesn't charge when connected to the power supply. The reason is probably a broken micro USB port.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 is a really cool tablet. As soon as it was announced, immediately everyone wanted to buy it. But I'm not part of a consumer society, because blood of an engineer flows in my veins ;) and the rush to buy it did not flush upon me. I decided to wait for all the defects to show up.

Six months later, when I got hold of my first Nexus 7, I was pleasantly surprised. The thing had a very high quality assembly (nothing squeaky or loose). A customer brought the tablet to repair the following problem - the device didn't charge. I saw immediately that micro USB port was damaged and after reading the documentation it turned out that I needed to change the DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board.

DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board

DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board

Nexus 7 & DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board

Nexus 7 & DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board

Disassembly

Use guitar pick to open the back cover. Gently press around the cover.

Gently press around the cover

Inside most of the space is taken up by the battery.

Inside most of the space is taken up by the battery

The battery must be disconnected in the first place.

The battery must be disconnected in the first place

Now unscrews the speakers, then remove them.

Unscrews the speakers

Unscrew the DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board and disconnect it.

Unscrew DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board
Disconnect DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board
Replacement is done

And that's how the replacement is done. Now replace with a new board and repeat the procedure in the reverse order.

Conclusion

I really like how this model is designed and not just outside. You can easily replace almost anything in it. May the power supply be with you!

Important notice: do not repair or modify this device if it still has warranty.



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Discussion (total 8 comments)

Kelli
October 29, 2013 at 11:22 am
Hi Anton, thanks for this great article!
Were can I purchase the replacement USB/Audio board?
Ted Chapin
November 03, 2013 at 08:47 am
I have to do this exact replacement - my micro USB port is damaged. Looks straightforward. But where can you buy the part?
Kelli
November 04, 2013 at 02:41 pm
Ted, after I posted my question I found some on ebay but they were $50!
My husband is wondering if he can just solder on a new UBS port onto the board instead of replacing the audio portion too. He can probably take one off an old phone. Worth a try since my son's tablet is useless right now.
Anton Muchychka
Anton Muchychka
November 06, 2013 at 06:07 am
The DC USB/Power/Audio/Jack Dual Board can be purchased on ebay, just try to search by
Google Asus Nexus 7 I/O Assembly board audio Headphone jack & USB charger OEM
.

About a broken micro USB port, I have never found it as a separate part. So, only possible way is to find a donor (the broken device) where you can unsolder this part.
DonL
January 27, 2014 at 09:21 pm
http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/ZX62M-B-5P(01)/H11680CT-ND/2123266

looks like the USB connector without cable $.99 at Digikey
AN
February 08, 2014 at 05:36 pm
i'm looking for one myself.
The one that will probably fit is ZX62M-B-5P(02) which is 8mm length body+ 2mm contacts.
http://www.hirose.co.jp/cataloge_hp/e24200011.pdf
No stock on those in NA

If anybody knows one that pin to pin compatible and available in catalog distributors' inventory ... post will be appreciated.
Baz
February 27, 2014 at 03:33 am
I managed to find just the socket from a seller on Amazon UK.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Nexus-Repla...

Its actually better than the original as the metal is stronger and has been joined together better. Took me about 10 minutes to solder and fitted perfectly. Cost about a quarter the cost of the whole board too! Win :)
zakary Diakité
April 23, 2014 at 09:51 am
I need a microphone (sound sensor) with guidance for
I replaced. Asus Google Nexus
LTE 32 GB (version 2013)

j'ai besoin d'un microphone ( capteur de son) avec des indications pour
que je le remplace .Asus Google nexus
LTE 32 giga (version 2013)
see picture here

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contact: zakaryrodrigue@yahoo.fr

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