Introduction

The HTC Vive controller front panel buttons may be worn or can't click from extended use. This could cause functionality problems during use. When removing buttons be careful not to tear the rubber pinholes. This guide will show you how to replace the front panel buttons.

  1. Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up.
    • 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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  2. Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Remove the bottom saucer cover by pulling down with your hand.

    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.

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    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    where can one buy the ribbon cable.

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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 rear plastic cover of the system button.

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    • Lift the plastic cover up and out of the front panel using your hand.

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    • Push the system button with your finger until it pops out of the front panel.

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

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

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    • Use the T5 Torx head screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the rear plastic cover of the menu button.

    • You may need to fold the ribbon cable to the left in order to expose the second silver screw.

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

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    • Push the menu button with your finger until it pops out of the front panel.

    Okay great! But where can I buy replacement parts?

    Colton Hoffman - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Okay great! But where can I buy replacement parts?

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