Fit a New Screen to a Kobo Aura Ebook

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Introduction: Fit a New Screen to a Kobo Aura Ebook

About: I'm just an englishman living in rural France, I like archery, motorbikes and cooking. My idea of DIY is perhaps a bit more heavy duty than most, you know, building a 50m2 garage sort of thīng...

Oops, did you know ebooks don't bounce very well? an expensive accident. Lets see if I can fix it.

I'd advise working on an antistatic mat if possible with good lighting too. It's not a bad idea to have a small pot for putting the screws into as well. A micro screwdriver set is needed along with a butter knife...

Step 1: Separating the Back Panel

If you look carefully there's a fine join line between the front bezel and back panel. We need to open this without damaging anything. I used my thumbnail and a butter knife (seriously). There is a special hard plastic tool called a spludger but I don't have one, maybe one day.

Step 2: The Disassembly Continues..

Carefully disconnect all the cable connectors, they have little fold down plastic clips, lift the clip and pull the cable out. Remove and don't lose any of the screws.

Step 3: Ordering a New Part

The part number is on the back of this flex pcb, a bit of googling and a I ordered a new one from Aliexpress.

Step 4: Separating the Screen From the Bezel

After a couple of weeks the new part arrived from China, this is where I found that the screen and mounting bezel need separating. Out with that trusty butter knife again, wiggle it carefully around the edge and pull them apart. You can see from the 2nd pic the double sided stick tape needs replacing. After a raiding party into my wife's craft room (shh!) it's ready for the new screen.

Step 5: Fitted Screen

I had been a bit worried how flush the new screen would fit, bit it's fine. There's a cable that gets pulled through a hole whilst trying not to touch down the tape. I didn't get any photos of this as it was a delicate operation without stopping in the middle.

Step 6: Refitting the Circuit Board and Connectors

Fit the circuit board back in place and refit the screws, you did keep them safe, didn't you? The circuit connectors are fitted by lifting a little plastic tab, pushing the connector fully home and clipping the tab back down, ensure the connector is parallel. The battery connector is a little more simple, just push into place.

Plug in the usb cable and test the ebook before refitting the back panel, it will be in factory config and needs setting up.

Step 7: Finished

et voila! it works! except it conked out shortly after. I had to reopen and and refit the battery connector properly, that's the simplest thing to fit too!

Conclusions

An interesting project, but was it worth it? $55 plus $25 shipping plus a charge for $ to Euros. The Kobo Aura is 119 euros new. A couple of weeks after this my wife bought a new tablet, 100 euros inc shipping fro HK, with cameras, gps etc...so to conclude no, not really worth it
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    9 Comments

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    Taxicletter
    Taxicletter

    1 year ago

    I tried this and it almost works :-). When I start my Kobo, there's a black half and white half, but the language selection shows up, the screen appears to be working.
    Touch isn't working tough. I cleaned the "mounting bevel" because it seemed to be glue. It took me a long time to clean it thoroughly. It was like some coating I removed. I'm afraid that coating was necessary for the touch function.

    EDIT: trying to fix the problem, after months, I notice the touch-module is missing! So I must have misplaced it and didn't notice that I was missing it while reassembling. A screen WITH that part costs 45 € and apparently you can buy a Kobo for 65 and a Tolino for 45 on AliExpress.

    So no luck for me...

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    Mickleblade
    Mickleblade

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the update, it's a good product but in our consumer society stuff gets chucked away.

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    DennisJ65
    DennisJ65

    2 years ago

    I got my screen from AliExpress for about €35,- with free shipping to the Netherlands. Took me about 30 minutes to replace it, so I'd say it was definitely worth it. Great instructable ;)

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    FonsK1
    FonsK1

    Reply 1 year ago

    Could you maybe give me a link to where I can buy this replacement screen, or tell me what to search for? No idea how to find this exact model. Greatings from the south of the Netherlands

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    Mickleblade
    Mickleblade

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi there, this is the link taken from my aliexpress history, there's 330 available at $33 each, I doubt you'll need that many. Read step 3, you need to open the book 1st, carefully, to find the part number from the flex pcb. If you are unsure if it's correct, email the aliexpress company a question. Hope it goes well, take you time.
    regards, Michael

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32567247833.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.4a0c4c4dqrDueD

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    fonskik98
    fonskik98

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for your reply, I ordered one from Aliexpress. Hope it works it was specified as replacement screen for the Kobo Aura N514. This should work anyways, right? Or are there variants even for different parts of the world, like iPhones?

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    Mickleblade
    Mickleblade

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't know for sure if there are different variants for different markets, I doubt it. There may be different software to reflect languages. If the screen you ordered has the same part number as the existing screen it should be good. Sometimes parts get superceded by newer parts due to parts availability, the supplier should be able to tell you.

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    FbO Vorcha
    FbO Vorcha

    4 years ago

    But satisfying none the less, I bet.

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    elpayo
    elpayo

    4 years ago

    ;)