Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

[Ed. note: Larry originally wrote this article for the Palm Is Life forum, but he has also translated it for posting here. To see this article in the original Chinese, click here. Happy Hacking!]

Around two weeks ago at “http://www.palmislife.com/“, we had a group purchase activity for buying complete set of Treo 650 Housing as replacement parts for those with “poor looking” Treos.

These are “Genuine Replacement Housing For Treo 650” with a “Verizon” logo printed. They are not brand new housings, they are all used but in good condition.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Before disassembling

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the SD card, stylus and SIM card

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the battery cover and battery

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Locate the 7 screws surrounding the back side and remove them with a Torx-5 screw driver.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

The antenna screw is hiding under the rubber plug; remove the rubber plug by using a tiny flat blade screw driver.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Antenna can be pulled out right after the screw is removed.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Disassembling the front casing

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Some latches can be seen as the picture shown, use your finger nail to conquer them.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

The disassembled front and back casing

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remember to remove the speaker and the vibrator and move them to the new housing.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Disassembling the middle chassis

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Middle chassis removed

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

The volume control button is attached to the middle chassis

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Again, don’t forget to remove and replace the speaker and the vibrator.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Now back to the part of front casing: remove the flat cable from the main board.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

The flat cable removed

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the main board carefully, since there is the other flat cable right under the main board and it is still connected.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Here it is! The flat cable is from the LCD.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the LCD flat cable

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

This is the front casing picture with main board removed.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the two screws on the keyboard PC board with a tiny Philips screw driver.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Removing the keyboard PC board

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Remove the QWERTY and 5-way keypad, LCD and earpiece speaker.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

Here is an exploded view of all parts.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions

The contents of a Brando Treo 650 housing kit include:
-One front cover
-One back cover
-One battery cover
-One middle chassis
-Keypads

Just follow the step-by-step instructions backward to complete the Treo 650 housing replacement.The price for each housing set is US$50, and it can be ordered here.

GearDiary Treo 650 Housing Replacement Do-It-Yourself Instructions



About the Author

Larry Liaw
Since Larry was a child he has always been curious about the world of electronics. Right after reading the biography of the greatest inventor ? Thomas Edison, he made up his mind to become a person with a high-tech background that would be capable of inventing the greatest products in the world; it?s not only a goal, but also the dream of his life, a dream that has never died. Larry has spent a lot of time and interest in researching PDA technologies. Besides, keeping up with and studying them, Larry is an administrator of the popular Taiwanese site Palm Is Life (which has well over 36,000 members) and he also has a PDA hardware DIY web site. Larry is always looking for ways to improve the electronics devices, consumer products, even the vehicles he owns, trying to make them even more functional and convenient. He believes that this is the spirit which a high-tech person must have.