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How do I Fix a Broken USB Port on a BlackBerry 8800?

2012-07-31   Views:1

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The BlackBerry 8800 allows you to stay connected to your e-mail, calender, social networking sites and phone contacts while on the move--but, if your USB port is defective, you will be unable to recharge the battery and the phone will become useless.

The BlackBerry 8800 allows you to stay connected to your e-mail, calender, social networking sites and phone contacts while on the move--but, if your USB port is defective, you will be unable to recharge the battery and the phone will become useless. Once the port has gone bad, either through a malfunction or from broken pins, there is no way to repair it, but you can replace the port with a new one. The 8800 uses a standard five-pin USB port and just requires a few soldering tools to replace.

Skill level:Challenging

Things you need

Soldering ironSolderDesoldering gunT4 screwdriverPry stickReplacement USB port

Instructions

1 Turn the BlackBerry 8800 over and press down on the battery door cover to remove it. Pull the battery out, then push down on the metal cover over the SD card. Pull up on the cover and slide the SD card out.

2 Remove the four screws that you revealed when you removed the battery cover.

3 Place your pry stick between one of the steel-coloured side pieces and the rest of the device. Twist the pry stick until the piece pops off. You may have to move the stick up and down the side to get the entire piece off. Repeat this for the side piece on the other side of the 8800.

4 Pull the back and front housing apart, and remove the circuit board.

5 Lay the circuit board down on a dust-free surface, since the LCD will be facing down, and locate the defective USB port on the side of the board.

6 Turn your soldering iron up as high as it will go, and prime your desoldering gun. Desoldering guns work by producing suction to remove the solder, so must models need to have a lever cranked in order to be ready to work.

7 Place your soldering iron on one of the four mounting tabs, located on each corner of the USB charging port. Place your desoldering gun down next to the soldering iron. Once the solder is liquid, press the button to activate the gun and pull the solder up. Repeat this process for each of the four corners. Then repeat it for each of the five small pins that come off of the back of the port. Once all this solder is gone, pull up on the port to remove it.

8 Place your replacement port onto the control board, and have the four metal corner tabs line up with the spaces on the board. Then align the five pins with their spaces on the board.

9 Use your soldering iron to heat the five metal pins and have them connect to the metal spaces on the board. There is normally enough solder left on these spaces to make a connection, but you can add more by touching your solder to the head of the iron. Be sure not to let solder from one pin make contact with another.

10 Apply solder to the four corner tabs to lock the port in place.

11 Reassemble the phone by reversing the steps you took to disassemble it.

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