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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.

    Where can I buy new t5 21 mm screws? Mine are getting stripped out!

    jeremyvanwoerden - Reply

    Where can you get replacement batteries?

    Mike Justice - Reply

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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.

    My top saucer was REALLY stubborn. Don’t force it with your hand, use the spudger to separate it at the seam. Try not to poke your spudger in too deep, there are internals just inside the seam.

    trevorsklar - Reply

    The second time around, I learned why it was so stubborn. The picture suggests that you should start at the base of the saucer and work your way around, but that’s backwards.

    Start separating with your spudger at the distal side of the saucer and work your way toward the handle. Then for the last part, pull the piece up and away, like peeling a banana. See the second picture for the bottom half of the saucer, below. Do the same on the top.

    trevorsklar - Reply

  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.

    It’s Phillips 0, not 00.

    trevorsklar - Reply

    You do not need to remove these screws to remove the bottom saucer. They provide stability to the two halves of the donut.

    pacoavocado - Reply

    I had the same experience. Putting the screws back in made the bottom shell easier to remove.

    Nate Plamondon - Reply

    I concur, you don’t need to remove these screws to take the bottom shell off.

    I found mine had ph#000 screws size, not ph#00.

    Rocko the fixit cat - Reply

    please do not remove the Phillips-head screws it is not necessary to remove them.

    Darkwolf Darkside - Reply

  4. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

    I found the re-assembly of this difficult until I concentrated on two areas - the lugs which go into the handle first, then the central ring. My earlier concern was for the optical sensors on the wings but these snapped into place easily as the central ring was manoeuvred.

    Doug - Reply

  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.

    Leave the middle screw where it is (the one being unscrewed in the picture). That screw holds the two halves of the photodiode assembly together, not the case.

    trevorsklar - Reply

    five screws… two at bottom

    andrew sauter - Reply

    I concur with trevosklar, don’t need to remove center screw to remove front panel (pad cover).

    Rocko the fixit cat - Reply

  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.

    You do not have to remove the ribbon cables from the plugs…you can carefully work the battery holder around them and remove it…being very gentle. And the black part of the handle will stay attached to the cables and be in the way. But removing the cables does make it easier to access the area for the battery, just not completely necessary.

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  9. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    where can one buy the ribbon cable.

    Luigi Munoz - Reply

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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.

    Hallo what is the name of this conector because i Broker it

    Happy Forscher - Reply

    Yeah I did as instructed only to realize after that my gen 1 vive controller does not do that, and i desoldered the power button ribbon. That cable, does NOT detach on my model. destroyed.

    Algol Gaming -

  11. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Daughterboard: step 11, image 1 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Daughterboard: step 11, image 2 of 3 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement, Daughterboard: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

    Extra (unwanted) vibrations can occur when these 2 screws aren’t alligned propperly with the plastic springs from the daughterboard.

    My extra vibrations stopped when i shimmed a piece of paper between the trackpad and the front panel, could probably be fixed by readjusting the 2 screws.

    Speedy Dark - Reply

  12. HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 HTC Vive Controller Daughterboard Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    WARNING: If you dont pull them appart carefully u rip of the haptich engine ribboncable

    The_Psycho - Reply

Conclusion

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

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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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