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HTC Inspire 4G Screen Repair Guide

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by repairsuniverse, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. repairsuniverse

    repairsuniverse Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    This written guide for HTC Inspire will take you step-by-step through fully disassembling and changing almost all internal components. This informative guide may be used to securely and rapidly replace broken or faulty parts, like a cracked glass touch screen, broken LCD display, as well as faulty loudspeakers.

    This guide will help you to install the following HTC Inspire 4G part(s):

    • HTC Inspire 4G LCD Replacement Display
    • HTC Inspire 4G Touch Screen Digitizer Replacement
    • HTC Inspire 4G Housing Assembly Replacement
    • HTC Inspire 4G Loud Speaker Replacement
    • HTC Inspire 4G Earpiece Speaker Replacement
    • HTC Inspire 4G Sim Card Tray Replacement
    • Other HTC Inspire 4G Parts

    Tools Required:

    • Safe open pry tool
    • Small Phillips
    • Torx T5 Screwdriver
    • Heat Gun / Hair Dryer

    HTC Inspire 4G Screen Repair Take Apart Guide:
    • Start with removing the battery. To do this, remove the long cover located on the side of the phone. With the cover detached, you can then glide the battery out.
    • Then take away the cover sited at the bottom portion of the phone. This is simply slid off with a bit of downward pressure.
    • The last housing cover is located near the camera. This small piece of housing will need to be lifted from the inside. Attempting to remove the piece from the outside will normally result in damaged clips. The suggest method of removing the cover is to use a spudger tool and feed it through the battery slot. You can then apply upward pressure from the inside and use a safe open pry tool to help lift it from the outside.
    • Once all of the housing covers have been removed, there will be five (5) torx T5 screws (red circle) that need to be removed.
    • Remove the small metal plate from the bottom left of the bottom cover (yellow). You are required to take away the sticker/product label in the battery compartment. This will provide you access to the volume button flex cable. Lightly slide this cable out from behind the volume button, be careful as this is very fragile. Once the cable is lifted from the housing, you can continue.

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    Figure 1​

    • We can now remove the back housing by lightly lifting it from the rest of the phone.
    • Find the three (3) torx T-5 screws holding the plastic cover at the bottom of the phone (red circles). Take away these and the plastic cover by lightly lifting it away (pale blue).
    • Remove the rubber bumper and tape located near the sim card tray (note located near orange). A large pop connector will be expose near the bottom of the phone, this is the LCD flex cable. Lift up the connector using safe open pry tool (dark green).
    • Now take away the antenna cable frame, this is a small piece of metal sited at the top of the battery compartment. Just pull it up and away. (blue, above battery compartment)
    • Pry the vibrator motor up using safe pry tool, this is located below the battery connector (pink).
    • You can now take away the loud speaker, this is the oval speaker sited next to the camera (yellow). Lightly lift the speaker up and take away the one (1) small Phillips screw hidden underneath (blue circle).
    • Now remove of the ear speaker from the housing (teal). Do it without disconnecting the speaker from the motherboard, just pry it up and away, be cautious of the flex cable.
    • Detach the black antenna cable, placed next to the ear speaker by prying it up with a safe open pry tool (blue cables).
    • You can now remove the tape covering the sim card tray. It is held in place with a pop connector. Detach this and remove the sim card tray assembly (orange).
    • On top of the battery port, there is one (1) last torx T5 screw, take away this (red circle).

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    Figure 2​

    • You can now remove the full motherboard assembly. Be cautious nothing else is attached and gradually work it away from the rest of the phone.
    • Start heating the screen assembly using either a heat gun or hair dryer. Use quick movements, all around the back and front of the assembly. This should only take about 60 seconds.
    • Using of a pry tool, flat head screwdriver, spudger or any thin bit of metal on the small hole ((red) has the bar codes, etc) on the back of the assembly, you will need to release all of the very strong adhesive, holding the screen assembly in place. This is the most tedius and important step. The more adhesive you can release from the back side, the easier it will be to remove the screen assembly.

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    Figure 3​

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  2. ernstp89

    ernstp89 Lurker

    i have a htc inspire with a cracked screen and i purcheseda new screen but the new screen did not come with a plug its just the glass can i use the old plug for the new screen?
     

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  3. repairsuniverse

    repairsuniverse Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It will make the repair rather difficult, but it is possible.
     
  4. starxpilot

    starxpilot Android Enthusiast

    I have an Inspire on me that I found it no longer vibrates, there are 'black' spots near the corners of the screen, the volume buttons no longer work, and the entire assembly seems to be on the verge of coming apart. *Back cover overlaps with the bottom removal cover, back cover feels as if it is not secured on correctly* (It has clearly been dropped or kicked a few too many times.)

    I am tempted to open it up following these instructions, see what exactly is causing it to look like a faulty robot.

    Is it worth repairing this device, or simply letting it remain in a decommissioned state?
     
  5. repairsuniverse

    repairsuniverse Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    To be honest, it sounds like your device would be tough to reassemble. You may want to leave it as is if it still functions overall. However, if you decide to repair it we have many of the replacement parts you will need at RepairsUniverse (dot) com.
     
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  6. starxpilot

    starxpilot Android Enthusiast

    Thank you for the quick response.

    Yes indeed, I am putting it to the side, for I just found out today that the software inside is in need of upgrading, which I cannot seem to do for some odd reason.

    http://androidforums.com/inspire-4g...91-benefit-updating-firmware.html#post6150404

    I will keep that in mind, I actually went and grabbed your site's link off of your profile page. (I am surprised you also have Zune parts...I might want to rebuild mine, but that is another topic for another time, when I have both the tools and funds.)
     
  7. repairsuniverse

    repairsuniverse Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Cool sounds good, glad we could help.
     
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