Pssst… Want to know what is inside the Creative Zen Vision:M? Here is your chance to take a look inside, and if you are daring enough, take it apart. Below I have provided step by step instructions on the teardown without breaking this portable wonder.
Disappointingly, there is not an extra three millimeters to squeeze in a bigger two platter 60GB or 80GB hard drive. This goes along with the earlier discovery of the larger docking station inserts. It is possible however to replace the 3.7v li-ion battery.
So grab a tiny screwdriver set (Phillips and flathead) and a pocket knife and you are ready to take your Zen Vision:M apart.
Step 1: Expose Screws
Set the on/off switch to the hold position. Stick a flathead screwdriver in and pry out the top closest to the screen as shown in the picture.
The bottom is a bit trickier. Stick a flathead screwdriver in the reset hole and pull up at an angle. It should pop out with a little bit of force.
That exposes four screws- two on the top and two on the bottom. Take them out.
Step 2: Pry off the Back
There are two clips in the center on the left and right sides holding the back plate on. Insert a knife into the side and gently pry it apart while working your way down. Pry it up about 2mm. Then do the same to the other side. You will now be able to pull the back off completely. You can easily remove the battery wire to separate the two halves.
Battery: The battery inside the Vision:M is made by SKC (LPCS285385) and is rated at 1250mAH at 3.7v and is 2.8 x 53 x 85 mm; taking up 25g of the ZVM’s total weight. [SKC]
Step 3: Remove the Hard Drive
The Toshiba is connected with a simple ribbon adapter. Pull it out. The connector can also be removed. It snaps right off of the board.
Here you have exposed most of the “user serviceable” parts- the hard drive and battery. The next parts get to be a bit more delicate.
Step 4: Remove Main Board
The main board is attached with 6 screws- 4 in the corner and two in the center edges. Remove them.
Lift up the board, carefully. There are two connections that are attached to the controls and screen. One of them is connected to the controls (buttons and touchpad), and this connection will simply pop off. Disconnect it.
The LCD connection is more difficult and has a sticky masking over it. Peel it back and out of the way. This will expose the connector.
The connector is mechanical and has a hinge that you have to pry up. Take a flathead and gently pry from the edges minding the ribbon. Look at the picture and see how it flips up. Once it is back the whole way you can remove the ribbon cable.
You can continue on further if you like. Just a few more screws and you can get to the buttons and touchpad. It is pretty straight forward. You can also remove the LCD screen for repair as well. However, you run the risk of getting dust behind the screen, so be sure if you do you are in a clean environment.
The Zen Vision:M is fairly user serviceable and can be taken apart without doing any damage. If you are still paranoid about scratching the plastic you can use some electrical tape in between the screw drive and plastic. If you notice in the pictures, parts of it is scratched on the bottom because I was prying at the wrong parts. But if you follow the above instructions you should be alright. And here is your disclaimer: You are voiding your warranty, so do this at your own risk.
Also check out this review of the Zen Vision:M.
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