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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

DIY Blackberry USB repair

So you got a little rough with your Backberry and ripped out the USB port, what are you going to do? Some of us are in such a hurry, we forget to unplug the charging cable from our mobile device when we snatch it up to go somewhere. I will show you how to fix-it-yourself so you can spend your money on other things. This repair is for a Blackberry 7100t, and can be used for any mobile device.




First, you will need to find a replacement part. I had an old digital camera that I wasnt using. It had the perfect replacement USB port that I needed.





Next we need to take apart the Blackberry. There are 4 screws: 2 at bottom under battery and 2 at top under speaker cover. Both are hex head but I just used a little flat head screwdriver.





Next we need to remove the 4 screws that are holding the black speaker/battery housing.




Here is the Blackberry opened up, and the arrow is pointing to where we need to put the new USB port.







Now we get to take apart our victim, the camera. Because there are many possibilities of where you get a replacement USB port, you wont need to follow the next step. You can just use it for reference.

Here is the location of the USB port inside the camera. Because I dont have a de-soldering iron, I just used my soldering iron and a can of compressed air to blow the melted solder away. NOTICE: I dont recommend using that tecnique on something you want to keep, because it blows the solder all over the place possibly shorting your valued electronics.





This is a close-up picture of the old USB port. Notice that there are some pins missing.











This is the new USB port. I had to bend the
mounting tabs to fit where the old port went.







Location of where the USB port goes.









This is my wonderful job of soldering. I basicly used the solder that was left on the PCB (green part) and just heated the pins with my soldering iron. The mounting tabs (the big blobs of solder) was a bit of overkill, but i didnt want it to pull out again.






Now put the Blackberry back together in reverse order of taking it apart.








FINISHED! And it works.








I hope this helps someone fix their own USB ports on whatever products they have like mp3 players, phones, psp, ipods, etc.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great guide. My usb port was pulled out and I was at a loss of what to do. I called around to repair shops and they quoted me at $70.00 and up, without any guarantee, then I shopped online, with comparable prices and even longer wait time. I wondered if I could do it myself, but was usure as to whether I would harm the blackberry even more. But I found your site/guide and decided to give it a try and it worked out GREAT!!!

Anonymous said...

Man- thanks a ton for this...it really helps!

Norns said...

great! this just happened to my blackberry, i wish i knew how to solder though!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gang, B-Man here. This worked to perfection. Be carefull with removing the screen though. The ribbon connector harness is small and easily cracks. Use a small screwdriver to open and release the ribboncable. Use a solder sucker to clear the mount holes. Use a wire brush to clean the area before mounting new USB. Good luck gang!!!

Azeem said...

I apparently added too much solder to the pins... I later realized they have to be separated out. I hope I didn't short anything. It's not working. But my battery is dead anyway so I cant tell if I killed it or not. I am going to try to remove all the solder i tacked on there and try to separate the pins out.

Thanks for your post, really helpful, I just hope I can make mine work.

Friend of MCC said...

Guru,
Thanks,

Can you go to China and help them how to write and draw Instrucions of their crapy Assembly Instruction Bible, respect to all the craps they are shipping to us in America?

I think that you will be rich very soon and all God loving customers of Wall Mart will bless you.

Abdul, at Chicago.

Ali said...

Great piece of information. I didn't have USB problem, but my microphone was not working. I tried but couldn't find the 2 hidden screws under the speaker cover. Now opened it up after looking at your pictures, bent the microphone connection pins a little up. Cleaned it a little bit too. Works great now, no need to carry a headset. Thanks a lot.

Daniel said...

I know it's a little late for this. But I seem to not have anything that I don't need that has a usb port. I tried radio shack, they said its very hard to get one. Can someone please tell me where I can get this female type port? NO, I have no old razrs. I have 2 but I use them both (lol). I have so many cables with an opening for this port but nothing to plug into it......I Tried the best buy website although I might call. Circuit city...I still have to try...but where can I get this from a retail store widely known?

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo happy I ran into your blogpage. This should definitely work? I'm going to try it tomorrow. What a shame so many cell phone repair companies rip off lazy consumers.

Anonymous said...

you can buy a usb port easy off ebay for like 10 bucks

koolkidd88 said...

Hey! I really need to fix my 8800 with the same exact usb problem! I have all the tools to do it but the usb connector on the 8800 is harder to get to! I need help! Anyone!

basstech said...

I have to replace my usb port on my 8310. The plastic around the pins to the right is broken. The last pin on the right gets pushed back and bent when inserting the connector. I've straightened out and superglued it to the other pins. This seems to be working for now, but it's a temporary fix. Is the 8310 usb port hard to get to like the 8800? I can't find anything on it. I don't have the screwdrivers I need to disassemble yet. As soon as I get them I'll be tearing it apart to see.

To Daniel. The connectors are available here: http://cnn.cn/shop/blackberry-curve-830083108320-port-p-2500.html

They're only $4.99. I'm about to order one.

Anonymous said...

what if it isnt all the way out but it wont charge?
should i take it out and replace it??
thanks
(guitardude1236@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

i think i left the soldering iron touching the board too long... i'm wating for my new 8800 usb port, keep in mind people this is a recess mid mounted, not an SMT like the model shown, be careful what you order, they are on ebay, they just happen to be a different type.. :) good luck everyone :)

Anonymous said...

awesome tutorials. How would this apply to the track wheel? My 8700g has a broken wheel which needs replacing. Does anyone have any experience with it?
Thanks so much.
Tim

j樏[V]l@H said...

I just checked out http://cnn.cn/shop for a usb port. They do not have video on how to replace it (which the pics here do fine) but they do have video on how change out track balls and a wide array colors as well...

Anonymous said...

Mini USB port do not cost more then 50 cents. Them greedy S.O.B jack it up.

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Anonymous said...

you should all try freecycle, I see phones go all the time...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your help. I had a bad port on my GPS. I checked it out and had one lose contact. Just one touch with the solder gun and it works.

Anonymous said...

I ended up using a company called PDA repair world They had great service, 24 hour turn around and a 90 day warranty. I ended up with a better job than the factory original..

Chaz DeSimone said...

5th PIN PUSHED BACK...I bent the very tip of a tiny safety pin, got it deep inside the port, twisted and carefully pulled the pin straight. "Ironed" it out with a straight safety pin. Careful - I ironed right through the plastic till it stuck out the bottom. Pulled it back. Be gentle. P A T I E N C E. Wish I had a strong magnifying glass or loupe, but I used a very bright lamp to see. I plugged it in, and nothing happened till I pushed the usb plug downwards (towards the back of the blackberry - curve 8310 by the way). I am charging it with a heavy cup holding the plug in that position; may tweak the connector a little more, but only after I know my battery is fully charged! If I need to do this cup ritual every "cupple" of days, so be it. The phone is almost 2 years old, though I still like it. Maybe I'll send it to a repair shop for a few repairs all bunched together.

Jonathan Crane said...

I repair Blackberrys and this is a great tutorial on how to do it. The most common hiccup I encounter is that the solder pads on the PCB sometimes break off. I haven't found a solution to that. I've heard of using conductive pen to fix that (I've used that to unlock some old AMD processors to overclock them) but I have yet to see that applied in practice.

Anonymous said...

USB replacement part available for $2.95 at fonlogix.com...may also need to get the tools (minus the solder) for $9.95....but what a deal when the local Sprint store said sorry can't be fixed!

shawn said...

in canada cellularclinic.com repair these port onsite

Anonymous said...

can i use a razor charge port to fix my blackberry???

jennifer said...

Is there any other way to secure the USB port other than solder? Tape?! Thank you, Jennifer

computerguru365 said...

you could try hot glue

Valentin Heinitz said...

A lot of work, actually. Big respect!
As the same happened with my BlackBerry 8800 I was too lazy for soldering, but just made an "emergency charger" out of a USB cable: http://heinitz-it.de/archives/196

Zara Mumtaz said...

Really nice and informative blog, keep it up buddy…Thanks for sharing.

LokIT said...

hi, its very informative,usb protection , thanks

Samantha Cole said...

I'll be bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing a little Blackberry repair tip with all of us! I'm still studying how this thing works, reading the manual and all that. The company where I work in said that there's an enterprise server that enables us smartphone users with client access licenses to access emails and documents on the go. Well anyway, I just hope that I won't do any damage with my new Blackberry. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to use your tips soon. Not on my phone, though. lol

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Salvatiry Carlino said...

That is so cool. It's a shame that you have to destroy your old Vivitar camera, but it's amazing how you repaired your Blackberry for virtually nothing. This is not for the faint of heart, however. So for people like me, it's off to the service center, haha.

Anonymous said...

can i still do this if the broken usb port is still in the black berry

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Anonymous said...

This helped fix my usb http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-fix-usb-ports.html

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