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Introduction

The HTC Vive controller trackpad may be faulty from extended or rough use and not detecting your fingers properly. The daughterboard interprets trackpad input and is solely dedicated to the trackpad's function. Minimize surface contact with the daughterboard's circuits. This guide will show you how to replace the trackpad daughterboard.

  1. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Saucer Panels: step 1, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Saucer Panels: step 1, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Saucer Panels: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up.

    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.

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    • Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges.

    • Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.

  3. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.

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    • Carefully pull away the bottom saucer cover with your hand.

    • To aid in removing the saucer cover, squeeze the base of the controller with your other hand, as shown in the second image of this step. Squeezing will make the clips easier to release and help prevent them from breaking.

  5. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Front Panel: step 5, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Front Panel: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.

  6. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Turn over the Vive controller so that the exposed bottom saucer panel is facing up.

    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the three black 5.2mm screws.

  7. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use the nylon spudger to separate the front panel gently by running the spudger around the edges of the handle.

    • Only separate the front panel around the edges. Do not try to completely remove the panel yet.

    • Gently lift the right side of the panel to the left.

  8. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the upper ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

    • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

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    • Disconnect the middle ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

    • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

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    • Use the nylon spudger to lift the white tab by 90 degrees.

    • Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers.

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    • Use the T5 Torx head screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the rear portion of the trackpad.

    • Lift the trackpad up and out of the panel using your hand.

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    • Use the spudger and place it in the groove that lies between the trackpad and its rear cover.

    • Pry open the rear panel by rotating the spudger clockwise, revealing the daughter board inside the trackpad.

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    • Separate the rear cover from the daughter board using your hands.

    • Be mindful of this tiny ribbon cable when reassembling with a working daughter board. It attaches to the larger ribbon cable, and it will break off if the larger cable is pulled away from the vibration motor.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Hello, today I’ve broke my controller, and the daughterboard has lived and deconnected. After, I tested to connect it and power it on, but no sound and he’s not tracked, can it get repaired?

Chausse - Reply

This guide is nice, but where do we find the replacement parts ?

trash98 - Reply

Hey, I just noticed this, but was the ribbon cable going to the haptic motor ripped? If you look at picture 1 of the step 11, there’s a small broken ribbon cable coming out of the haptic motor. You can see it again poking out in both pictures of Step 13. I just want to know if the haptic motor still works on this particular controller.

Kita - Reply

thanks for the clear detailed disassembly steps, as a tip maybe highlight the haptic motor/speaker, had to replace the broken ribon-cable on 1 of my controllers, i used an old 80 pin ide cable a it is small enough that it can be routed trough the side of the shielding

Martijn Veen - Reply

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