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

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!

10 Responses to “How to: BlackBerry 8800 diassessembly, repair, and reassembly (video)”

  1. 1 Aaron

    You tried so hard and got so far…

    But in the end it doesn’t even matter.

  2. 2 Marc

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

  3. 3 Greg

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

  4. 4 sharad

    Greg, where did you brought your circuit board

  5. 5 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.

  6. 6 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.

  7. 7 Jacob

    does this work for a 8330?

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  10. 10 Charles

    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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