In order to open the Boxee Box Remote we will be utilizing a small flat head screw driver, ruler, silver marker. Flathead screwdrivers such as the one that will be utilized for this set of instructions can be found in glasses repair kits. We will be using the ruler in order to determine where the plastic tabs are located in the remote and we will mark our measurements for ease of opening with the silver marker.
1. Finding the the tabs
In order to open the Boxee Box remote it will be necessary to locate two of the four tabs that secure the top and bottom halves together. Turn the remote on its side and measure approximately 1.7 centimeters from the bottom of the remote. From here mark the remote. Next measure on the same side 1.7 centimeters from the top and make another mark.
2. Opening the remote
Now it is our goal to open the remote. Using the tip of the flat head, gently insert the screwdriver into the side of the remote. Once enough pressure has been applied, the screwdriver should slip in. If the screwdriver is constrained from movements on both sides, then you have most likely inserted the screwdriver correctly. However, if you the screwdriver can be slid from left to right without constraint, try finding the location of the tab by moving the screwdriver until it stops. Reinsert the screwdriver into the approximate location for the tab. Now, prying upward away from the keyboard use the screwdriver lift the top half away from the bottom half (the side with the keyboard). There should be a small popping sound. During this process be gentle as the plastic is very fragile.
Once one of the four tabs has been popped open, repeat the above process on the other tab on the same side.
Once two of the four tabs have been unlocked it is now possible to open the remote. Before we continue, note that that unlocking the remaining two tabs on the other side of the remote is an option. Doing this will help to minimize the chance of breaking the plastic halves when prying the remote open. Assuming only two tabs have been unlocked, pry the top or bottom half of the remote in the same direction that was used while unlocking the tabs. Applying pressure gently, the two halves should then unlock on the other side. Congratulations! If all has gone well, you now have access to the innards of your Boxee Box remote.
Once the remote is open it is possible to further disassemble the remote.
Remove the silicone for the D-pad
Remove the D-pad buttons.
Note that these are the parts that most often need cleaning. Each part is labeled as seen in the photo below.
Remove the logic board.