How to: BlackBerry 8800 diassessembly, repair, and reassembly (video)

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If you’ve got a roasted keypad on your BlackBerry 8800-series device, take a look at this video. It’s a little long, but goes through every step nice and slowly. Even if you’re carrying something else, it might be worth checking out The Moment of Truth at 14:50. Oh, and the skin is from DecalGirl, if you’re curious.

  • Tools: You’ll need a prybar (two if you’re extra Hulk-smashy) and a Torx-5 screwdriver.
  • Battery screw removal: Pop off the battery door, remove the batter, and take the Torx-5 to the four screws around the battery slot.
  • Side panel removal: Slide the prybar between the device and the chrome side panel, and give it a little pull around the middle and the bottom. Beware of double-sided tape.
  • Back plate removal: Lift the back plate off and pull out. Remember the back plate includes the power and mute buttons, so don’t freak out when they come off.
  • Top screw removal: Now you can get to the top-left and top-right screws on the back of the BlackBerry.
  • Front plate removal: The front face, including keyboard and protective screen, should be loose. Flip that sucker over and put the front plate to the side.
  • LCD screen removal: Disconnect the copper-coloured bit on the top left. It’s glued down pretty tight, so it might need some work. After that, you’re clear to pull the screen off – it’s got double-sided tape underneath, so take your time and be careful not to bend it.
  • Antenna cover removal: Use the pry bar to work the bottom cover from the left side. This will get you easier access to the keypad.
  • Keypad removal: Disconnect the keypad from the connector at the top-right, much like the LCD screen minus the adhesive. Now work a prybar underneath the keypad – try to get under the brown adhesive layer to take it all off in one go.

After that, just reverse the steps to reassemble. Have fun!

  • Aaron

    You tried so hard and got so far…

    But in the end it doesn’t even matter.

  • Aaron

    You tried so hard and got so far…

    But in the end it doesn’t even matter.

  • Marc

    nice vid!! do you have any on how to replace a blackberry keyboard?

  • Marc

    nice vid!! do you have any on how to replace a blackberry keyboard?

  • Greg

    Dude,
    This worked perfectly. I replaced my keyboard in 30 min. Thanks.

  • Greg

    Dude,
    This worked perfectly. I replaced my keyboard in 30 min. Thanks.

  • sharad

    Greg, where did you brought your circuit board

  • sharad

    Greg, where did you brought your circuit board

  • jane

    Hi Simon,
    Your video is good. Since last one month, I am trying to find solution for my problem with BB 8820. I bought it on Craigslist, used for about 5 days and then all of a sudden it turned into white screen. Yesterday, from Inet I found how to reinstall OS, which I did and my phone can receive and dial out calls, can hear perfectly but it’s blind-can’t see anything on the screen. Please help. I have once tried and was successful in opening up the phone.
    Please reply.

  • jane

    Hi Simon,
    Your video is good. Since last one month, I am trying to find solution for my problem with BB 8820. I bought it on Craigslist, used for about 5 days and then all of a sudden it turned into white screen. Yesterday, from Inet I found how to reinstall OS, which I did and my phone can receive and dial out calls, can hear perfectly but it’s blind-can’t see anything on the screen. Please help. I have once tried and was successful in opening up the phone.
    Please reply.

  • jane

    Simon, I watched your video and was successful in opening the phone. Did e’thing as you said. STILL HAS A WHITE SCREEN.
    Please help.

  • jane

    Simon, I watched your video and was successful in opening the phone. Did e’thing as you said. STILL HAS A WHITE SCREEN.
    Please help.

  • jane

    Simon, I watched your video and was successful in opening the phone. Did e’thing as you said. STILL HAS A WHITE SCREEN.
    Please help.

  • Jacob

    does this work for a 8330?

  • Jacob

    does this work for a 8330?

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    Where did you buy your keyboard chip ? I drop my blackberry in water and the keyboard always write Lslsls when i press s key and Mzmzmzmz etc. Will it fix my problem ?

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