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 Microsoft Flash Zune 8GB Take-Apart


RapidRepair has completed the new Zune 2 8GB disassembly guide.  With the slicing and dicing complete, you need only look down to see the flash-based Zune 8GB in all its glory.


11-16-2007 12:03:04

What a pretty box choice for the new Zune 2 8GB.

  • Less bulk than the previous version
  • Compact and friendly
11-16-2007 12:06:05
  Picture of the unit which will set you back $199 for the 8GB.

Crisp clear screen and easy to use controls defines the new Zune 2.

11-16-2007 12:12:22

Tools required for disassembly:

  • Small Tri-Wing Driver
  • Safe Open Tool
  • Exacto Razor
  • Needle nose plyers

    11-16-2007 12:29:04
      Prior to disassembly you must remove the top plastic insert in order to access the 2 Tri-Wing screws on the top of the unit.
    11-16-2007 12:37:17
      Now we can concentrate on removing the anodized aluminum backing. Slide the safe open case tool in the small gap between the front and back to free the back panel.

    If you break the retaining side clips off the backing, just superglue these back on.

    11-16-2007 1:14:35
      After the backing comes off we have a partial view of the internals.

    Now we can remove the next 3 Tri-Wing screws to access the memory board underneath.

    This top board houses the components for the wireless, headphone jack, dock port, etc.

    11-16-2007 1:29:14
      After the 3 screws are out, we can remove the communications board.

    Be sure to lift the communications  board up carefully and pop the clip off the flat cable so we can set this board aside.

    11-16-2007 1:52:41
      Like the iPod many of the internals on the Zune 2 are held on with mild adhesive. Looks like Microsoft has been taking notes on Apple!

    Simply pry the battery from the plate with your safe open case tool. The wireless antennae assembly also can be peeled off at this point.

    We now have access to the one remaining Tri-Wing screw still on the memory board. (short screw)

    11-16-2007 2:24:11
      In order to remove the center frame we need to depress 2 clips on the side of the outer plastic frame. Once this is complete we can remove the memory board and the LCD screen.

    The LCD is held in place with one plastic clip, simply pop the clip open to remove the screen.

    11-16-2007 2:29:09
      Picture of the center frame removed. This board sports 2x 4GB flash memory chips.

    The Zune 2 LCD screen can easy be removed now, turn the frame upside down, pop the LCD clip up, then gently tug on the LCD ribbon to remove.

    Note that the battery can be removed with a steady hand and a solder iron.

    11-16-2007 2:31:27
      Picture of the Zune 2 Flash LCD screen. A single driver setup most likely from the same manufacturer as the original Zune.

    If you are having trouble removing the screen, note that the area where the ribbon is clipped on the board has mild adhesive.

    11-16-2007 2:37:22
      Memory board and battery loose from the center frame.
    11-16-2007 2:42:47
      Front panel with squirkle interface. Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to make this part non replaceable.

    There are 3 plastic pegs which are melted down which make it difficult to replace, but not impossible.

    A poor design from a RapidRepair standpoint!

    11-16-2007 2:49:54
      The compact new design of the Zune 2 Flash is a remarkable innovation. We will continue to add support and repair parts for the Zune 2 lineup.

    Please use this guide for all DIY repairs and save yourself a headache by doing the job right!


    For a high rez view, click on the images below


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