Introduction

The HTC Vive controller motherboard may be damaged and not able to function. The motherboard is crucial for all functions of the remote. This guide will show you how to replace the motherboard.

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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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.

pacoavocado - Reply

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

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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.

trevorsklar - Reply

  • 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.

Luigi Munoz - Reply

  • 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 Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove two black 2.8mm screws from the silver plate.

  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the bottom right corner of the silver plate.

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  • Remove the silver plate by pinching it with two fingers and lifting up.

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  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the top left of the battery frame.

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  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame.

On my controller these were Philips 000 5.8mm screws, the same as in the previous step.

Daan Steenmeijer - Reply

  • Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up.

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  • Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller

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  • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the top of the motherboard.

These should be the silver screws not the black screws

Thomas Edwards - Reply

Yeah, I think he switched the bottom battery screws with these in a previous disassembly. (see my comment at step 14) I’m opening mine for the first time since new purchase and the motherboard has 4 T5 screws.

Daan Steenmeijer - Reply

  • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard.

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  • Use the nylon spudger to rotate the black tab up by 90 degrees.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger.

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  • Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands.

what is the benefit of the rectangular silver steel or ironic metal ,that iside the htc vive hand controller.?????

is it to solve some issus with the Mpu6500 sensor ??

or related to get rid of interferrences ??

the rectanguler metal piece is near to the mother board and the battery in the following image :-

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Thanks in advance!

Moatazzu993 - Reply

I believe it’s just a weight to help balance the controller by shifting the center of gravity closer to the rear/bottom end. It doesn’t connect to anything, and the board has its own shield. So, just a slab of metal.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi, do you know where I can get a new motherboard? I bought my controller second hand and after several months it stoppedworking…. when I took it apart the connection at the bottom has been removed and two wires soldered in place but it’s so small I can’t do it again so I need a new motherboard

thanks

nick.bentley.france - Reply

I am looking for the connetor at step 10. The top of the connector is broken (fail quality assurence). I am not interrested to purchase a new controler at 200$ because of a 2 cents connector.

Thank you

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