Introduction

Use this guide to replace the controller's motherboard. Completely replacing the board will require de-soldering the existing vibration motors and soldering them to the new board.

Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.
  • Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

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Press on the rear cover between the analog sticks and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.
  • Press on the rear cover between the analog sticks and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.

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Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers. Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.
  • Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers.

  • Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.

  • If you happen to accidentally pop off the trigger buttons, we have a trigger button guide to reattach them.

the "trigger button guide" link links back to this page :o

Alexander McMahon - Reply

I accidentally popped a trigger off, and both L1 and R1, because I skimmed and didn't read this step. Fortunately it's not hard. The tricky part with the triggers is that there's a little spring on them. You have to press the side of the spring that's pointing away from the trigger against the sloped surface of the controller (look at the other trigger for reference, if you only popped one off). Then you just slide the trigger on until the "handlebar" bits near the center click into place.

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Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.
  • Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.

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Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.

  • It may be helpful to use a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the battery connector when you disconnect it for the first time.

be careful with the connector, it was hard at the first time to take it away, i was close to break the wire

Mugen - Reply

Where can I purchase an Input Board?

Cody - Reply

Mayabe this help you(Apple iPhone 6 Vibrating Motor Replacement Parts from http://www.laimarket.com/replace-parts-c...)

Raymond -

To safely remove the connector, you can slide a thin screwdriver inside two slots that can be found on top of the connctor housing (the beige colored one), which allow you to push on the connector. Do this slowly, prying first through one slot, then through the other, until the connector is out. This will allow you to remove the connector without pulling by accident on the wires.

Adriana Fulgenzi - Reply

Thanks Adriana. Good advice. My local battery replacement guy will not touch PS3 controllers.

Arie van der Winden -

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With tools and Fix Kits
Remove the single 7.2 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front cover.
  • Remove the single 7.2 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front cover.

Most of the times, the only thing you need to repair to fix random key-presses is the soft plastic under the input-board connector to the motherboard.

At step 6 just move the motherboard upwards and you'll be able to see the connector.

Take the black soft-plastic-thing under it, and make it thicker with some tape. ( roll some tape around it 3-4 times - cut the tape properly so it can fit afterwards )

Now put everything back.

Random Presses are gone. Both of my controllers had this problem after a few hot summers and many hours of gameplay... both are fixed now.

Nick Preveza - Reply

Slide the trigger button retainers slightly away from the front cover. Remove the #1 button on both sides. Remove the #1 button on both sides.
  • Slide the trigger button retainers slightly away from the front cover.

  • Remove the #1 button on both sides.

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Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly. Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly.
  • Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly.

It should be noted that my controller (Australian) has the motors mounted directly the the housing. Once the two retaining screws were removed each motor was connected to the motherboard assembly by the wires alone.

Arthur N - Reply

My ~2012 EU controller (CECHZC2E) differs from this point as well. The entire white assembly comes out of the black shell by pressing in the latches on both sides of the vibration motors (you can see a small bit of white plastic stick out from under the black shell, that is where you press down).

Martijn Storck - Reply

Remove the motherboard assembly from the front cover.
  • Remove the motherboard assembly from the front cover.

  • When removing the motherboard assembly, try not to tilt the front cover upside down as the buttons and their covers may fall out.

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Carefully push the two vibration motors out of the input board frame. Carefully push the two vibration motors out of the input board frame.
  • Carefully push the two vibration motors out of the input board frame.

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Lift the input board assembly off the motherboard.
  • Lift the input board assembly off the motherboard.

well is it meant to go off so easy so that why it is so stupid its just holding over the mainbord my controller dident charge or start so i removed the cover and lifter it a bit and i put it back and it works i mean who made it so it is free i mean something shuld hold it so it dosent happend to anyone like that happend to me -.- and that whas the problem well good controller i think desent good

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Pull both analog stick covers straight up off their joystick posts attached to the motherboard. Pull both analog stick covers straight up off their joystick posts attached to the motherboard.
  • Pull both analog stick covers straight up off their joystick posts attached to the motherboard.

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Use a soldering iron to de-solder both vibration motor wires from the motherboard.
  • Use a soldering iron to de-solder both vibration motor wires from the motherboard.

  • Don't have too much experience with soldering? Check out our soldering guide for detailed instructions.

  • The positive (red) wire connects nearest the top of the motherboard.

  • When soldering on circuit boards, be sure not to overheat the connection as permanent damage may result.

Andrew you really need to post where you can get the motherboards for the controller. You don't have it listed on parts. But the guide was useful!

Blake Hannan - Reply

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Where can we buy one of these motherboards ?

Tom - Reply

Do i have to take the vibration motors off?What if i have a replacement motherboard with vibration motors already on,can i just replace it with that one?

P.S.-Pretty new to fixing these remotes so i apologize if my questions may sound stupid.

Marco - Reply

I'm not sure if anyone replied to your comment, but yes you can just use the new motherboard with the vibration devices already attached. It appears that some of the motherboards do not come with them already. If it doesn't then you would have to solder etc

Blake Hannan -

I have a dual shock 3 and my son accidentally drooled on it and it won't turn or anything, I had it brand new for 3 weeks, what do u think it is? Input board? Motherboard?

Ricky Canales - Reply

Id just go buy a new one lol. The price you can pay for them now, used or whatever off of amazon EBay etc. you would probably save a headache not taking it apart

Blake Hannan -

My controller does not have a vibrating motor, so what kind of motherboard should i get to replace it?

Sami M - Reply

A motherboard that does NOT have dualshock 3, that being said you MAY be able to use a dualshock 3 board if you remove the motors. Not sure if that will work though.

Joseph Gannon -

Nicely Done,

Images are Sharp and Good lighting.

Hopefully my torture proceeding with tear down

discovers why L2/R2 just flat out quit at the same time.

I'll update what solves it,,

Cheers.

Philscbx - Reply

Darn, I came so close to perfection.

Get it back together less back cover, fire up assassins creed rogue,

battle at sea already in progress where I was forced to quit, and I have all cannon action buttons back, except R1.

The problem for sure is the circuit strip, bump contacts from one to the other.

Scratching the contacts bright was the trick, and can't figure why 1 button refuses contact.

Alcohol scrub 1st round was not enough, so 3rd tear down is starring at me,, lol.

Philscbx - Reply

Hark, after 2 more tear downs,, he's just like new.

That darn flex strip is an issue.

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I added a bit more padding under strip

to apply slightly more pressure to contacts

at the mating contacts on the board, and a bit

more deep scrub between those contacts, just in case

there was any trace of carbon tracking in narrow

space between them causing button drop out

of L2 / R2.

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These contacts would be good to have a brass brush

handy to brighten them up..

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Trimmed short tooh brush dipped in 5 drops of alcohol

was main tool scrubbing enrtire board surface.

then wiped dry . It was after this final scrub, that

it finally responded correct.

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Thanks to those who showed great shots,

and great tips, before I dove into this project & adding padding I'm sure helped.

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I took some decent photos of details,,

I'll have to solve how to get them on here,

being laptop just died.

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