Gadgets drop, it happens to the best of
us them. This little Nexus was stretched out on the sofa before it fell to the floor and cracked its two front teeth screen. A cracked screen at the best of times can be a mild nuisance but in this instance it rendered the device unusable.
Make do and mend
Our greed for consumption is putting an insurmountable pressure on the earth to provide. Each new piece of electronic equipment produced, chips away (no pun intended) at the earth’s finite resources of rare earth metals. The manufacturing process too contributes to the already intolerable levels of CO2 found in the earth’s atmosphere. To buy a new Nexus might cost us €229 but it costs the earth too. In the spirit of eco-warriorism we thought we’d
do away with technology and run to the hills to enjoy a simpler, more fulfilling life show you how to fix the Nexus for yourself replacing just the broken parts, in this case, the screen and digitiser unit.
Buy Your Screen
The first task is to source your screen. The screen and digitiser come as one unit in the Nexus 2013. A quick search on ebay for ‘Nexus 2013 replacement screen’ will prove fruitful. As an ambassador for quality and not wanting my investment to go to waste I opted for one of the more expensive options priced at €65. ‘Genuine replacement part’ it said. Hindsight has taught me that I should have opted for one of the cheaper options, my €65 ‘Genuine Replacement Part’ turned out not to be so genuine and came complete with a dead pixel. I could have had the same screen for €20 cheaper.
Step 1. Get Stuck in with the Stanley
To take the back cover off the Nexus you’ll need a trusty (not a rusty) stanley knife. Use it to pry the back cover from the Nexus, work all the way around, gently separating the cover from the screen. It’s not going to be possible to do this without marking the case in some way but the easier you go the less damage you’ll do. Be careful not to crack the cover, we don’t want to have to replace it too.
Step 2. Release the Nexus Battery Cable
The battery cable is held in place with a locking socket, flip the black lever 90 degrees and remove the cable.
Step 3. Release and remove silver ribbon cable
The ribbon cable is held in place using a locking socket – simply flip the white lever running the whole way along 90 degrees and remove the cable
Step 4. Release middle ribbon cable
The orange cable is secured to its ‘set-down socket’ using grey tape – use the stanley to peel away this tape and lift the cable out of its connection.
Step 5. Remove the Battery
The battery is held in place using four screws, remove the screws and lift the battery out.
Step 6. Remove both Speakers Connections
The speakers, at either end of the nexus, are connected to the motherboards using a simple connection. Your Stanley blade will help you free them both.
Step 7. Display Assembly Connection
Two locking sockets hold the display assembly connection in place, flip both leavers 90 degrees and remove the adhesive tape release the cables.
Step 8. Remove the motherboard
Use your favourite screwdriver on the seven screws holding the motherboard in place and remove it from the Nexus.
Step 9. Remove the Orange ribbon cable
You’ll now be able to free the other end of the orange ribbon cable – use your stanley to flip the lever 90 degrees and remove the cable from the tablet.
Step 10. Remove the speaker
Two screws. You know what to do.
Step 11. Release ribbon cable from second motherboard
The power and volume controlling ribbon cable is attached to the second motherboard – flip the lever 90 degrees and free the cable from it’s keeper.
Step 12. Remove second speaker
This should now be loose (from step 6) so this step is simply an exercise in picking something up and moving it out of the way.
Step 13. Remove the second mother board.
8 screws – work your magic. When lifting the motherboard out make sure your support the camera too so it’s lifted out at the same time (the connection is on the underside of the motherboard so you won’t be able to disconnect it first – just lift both out together).
Step 14. Get the hairdryer out
Run the hairdryer over the screen of the Nexus for a few minutes, the aim of the game here is to melt the glue holding the Nexus screen to the chassis. Gently pry the screen off the Nexus as you go using the Stanley blade and put pressure on the back of the screen to encourage it off. This step requires quite a lot of patience, if you’re not patient your desk will be covered in specs of broken glass.
Step 15. Clean the Chassis and lay down the doubled sided
The chassis will have the left over bits of glue holding the screen in place, use your stanley to clean it off. Cut the double sided sticky tape to length and stick it around the perimeter of the chassis where it will be in contact with the back of the screen
Step 16. Lay the
smack screen down
Carefully set the new screen in place – make sure you put the ribbon cable through the frame of the chassis when you do so. Press it into place making sure it sticks to the tape and fits neatly into the chassis the whole way around.
Step 17. Reinstall the speaker and the motherboard with rear facing camera
Set ’em in and screw ’em down (8 screws). Connect the speaker cable to its place on the motherboard and fit the ribbon cable for power and volume back into place, remember put the lever into its lock-down position.
Step 18. Fit the other speaker.
Step 19. Put the orange display assembly ribbon cable in its place
Step 20. Fit second motherboard
7 screws. Connect the display assembly ribbon cables to motherboard (two locking sockets) and plug speaker cable into its housing.
Step 21. Fit second ribbon cable
and lock it down
Step 22. Put the battery back in its place
Screw it down with four screws and strap it into place with the two ribbon cables (ribbon cables don’t hold it in place but you can pretend if you wish). Clip the battery connector into its connection on the motherboard.
Step 23. Put the back cover back on, power up and cross your fingers!
Thanks for reading and good luck if you’re attempting this for yourself. It’s a fairly simple process, just give yourself plenty of time and make sure your workstation is tidy before starting. The screen replacement can be completed within 30-40 minutes. If you’ve any questions or comments just let us know by adding your comment below.