HTC DNA Disassembly - Teardown Done|

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  1. pwrdbykyank

    pwrdbykyank Active Member

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    That i would have no idea about :) lol
     
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    From the HTC Website...

    It looks like it is the SAME MICRO SIM found in our DNA (Not the NANO SIM found in the iphone 5).
    I have NO idea how this would all work, but assuming all Verizon did was change the back cover and remove the SD Card slot, this shouldn't be too difficult.
    I cannot tell from the pictures where the MICRO SIM card goes to see if there is a way to connect the card. It's not that I dont trust you, it's just that the SIM cards are the same size, maybe we can get lucky and find the contacts or something else.

    I find it hard to believe that Verizon would change that much on the system board. BUT Since it is Verizon, you never know.
     
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    Its not the system board, its the secondary small board which has the camera attached to it, its an easy change for that small piece. I deal with phones and hardware related stuff with phones all day long, so unless they put the contacts under one of the soldered shields which is very unlikely, its not there. Trust me the J butterfly i have confirmed and you can even tell from pics, the phone is thicker (due to it having a thicker battery cover/ back cover and this is because they probably have a dual micro sim and micro sd on top of eachother slot requiring there to be more thickness to the phone to be able to fit that in. The size of the sim doesnt necassarily have anything to do with it, since the size of sim they can work around but when putting a SD card reader on top of the sim reader or on the underneath of the board same area of the sim reader, it would put more thickness in the phone. I will get one soon and take it apart and show you.
     
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    disassembly video

    Here's a disassembly video, this was the first time I took the phone apart so it's pretty choppy and unprofessional but hopefully it helps (no sound). I used a 1/2" wide woodworking chisel to get the back off but my phone's already pretty much shot because the screen cracked - it did not damage the phone but if it slipped it would have. I then used a narrow flat head screwdriver about 3/32" wide (didn't measure it) and a knife to get the screws out. There aren't many screws: 10 for the circuit board with the processor and 2 for the circuit board for the cameras. I did not remove the speaker circuit board - note that there's a single "VOID" sticker on this circuit board which would need to be unscrewed to remove the board. My intent was to find the connector and location for the touchscreen and am pretty sure I found it but not positive.

    Likely either LCD or touchscreen ribbon
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    Battery connector
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    The red strips along edges with apparent holes drilled in them are actually solid plastic:
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    Normally closed switches are all over the phone and would be open if the back was snapped in. I assume the pair in the middle are for the wireless charging but am not sure what the purpose of the others is... didn't try turning on the phone with the back off.
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    Motivation for the teardown... after 1.5 weeks the glass broke upon first drop from ~3' only adhesive backing was in tact with screen protector. Get a silicon/hard case - I was worried the phone would overheat without me being able to tell but it's fully sealed from factory so the silicon cases should be safe to use as there's no reduced circulation.
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    Droid Dna Red Capacitive

    hello..thank god i find you ;) i was looking for a dissaembly for a long time....please mate...can you help me change the capacitive color to red?what should i do?
     
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    djmk4,

    I don't know what you mean by "capacitive color" are you talking about the capacitive touch screen? If so you'll need to be more specific as you can't make the screen red unless you put a tinted screen protector on it or something like that.
     
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    i mean the 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom...i want to make them red as it is on rezound sensation xe and global one x plus!
     
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    That I do not know, I didn't remove the lower piece of plastic housing the speaker. You'll learn more from pwrdbykyank's pictures however it's hard to see. I don't know for sure but I have a feeling the LCD's back-light extends down to the three buttons so you'd probably just need to tint the backlight in that region - however this may distort the color of the LCD... Good luck and let us know how it goes!
     
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    The LEDs are on the small bottom bored which is with the speaker. You will need to solder them off (there is two of them) and then solder red leds back on. Oh and the leds are not from the lcd screen, they are seperate.
     
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    i have 2 questions! if i dissaembly the phone and do it.......first thing can i put multicolor leds and control them from an app like light manager or i don't know :p and also if a take the phone apart when i put it all back together will be still solid like was new..or i will have any problems with back cover
     
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    if you dont break any of the catches, will be solid like before. Also you would need special programming in software to use multicolor and make it work. Someone would need to make a custom app for that i guess.
     
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    Hi All, I was referred here by a kind soul on another forum regarding taking apart a Droid DNA. I unfortunately dropped my DNA this morning in the parking lot and am therefore looking to replace my shattered screen.. for those of you who have taken apart your DNA's, how difficult is it for someone who's never attempted anything like this before? Only the glass is shattered; the capacitive layer and everything else still works perfectly. I'm currently looking at this: Replacement DIGITIZER TOUCH SCREEN for HTC Droid DNA 4G LTE Butterfly Deluxe DLX | eBay . Although the item picture is for the Butterfly with the red capacitive buttons, would it still work on the DNA? (For those of you who wanted to change your buttons to being red, here's your chance!) Any tips/insight would be extremely appreciated.. thanks in advance!
     
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