Board Replacement

Here are the instructions to follow should you wish to proceed with the replacement of your PINE 64 motherboard.

As you will see, it is very easy and can be done within a few minutes; 10 min. max. All you need is a screwdriver. The following setup is overkill, but we like swiss army knives :)

Step 1: remove the fours screws located in the corners on the back of the nodl box.
The four screws are the black ones in the corner in the below picture.

Step 2: once the four screws in the back are removed, you can open the lid. Just be careful, this is the only delicate step of the whole process, the fan cooling the board is attached both to the top of the lid and the bottom of the box and you will need to unplug the cable going from the fan to the board.

The below picture shows how all the cables are plugged in when you open the lid.

Step 3: unplug 2 cables :

  • One cable goes from the fan to the bottom board
  • One cable goes from the power button to the bottom board
    This is how your board should look like afterwards

Step 4: remove the two boards from the metal box.
In order to do so, you need to remove four screws located under the nodl box right next to the 4 rubber feet.
If it makes it easier to do so, you can choose to remove the rubber feet before although this is not always necessary.

Below is a picture of the four chrome screws sitting right next to the rubber feet.

Step 5: ok so this is easy, but it is the most critical part of the re-build. Make sure that the cable on the new board is plugged in as in the below picture. The row used for power is the outer row and you have to SKIP the first pin

Step 6: screw the new mother board right onto the other larger board and you can plug in the boards together using anyone of the two beige power outputs. The other output will be used for the fan and they are both perfectly interchangeable.

And as always, if you have any questions regarding the hardware or software components of nodl, you can either join our telegram support channel here: https://t.me/nodl_support or reach out to us by email at : contact@lightning-solutions.eu