Introduction

This guide takes you through the process of installing the motherboard.

Power off and remove the memory card. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.
  • Power off and remove the memory card.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.

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Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.
  • Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device.

  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.

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Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port. Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.
  • Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.

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Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases. Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open. There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.
  • Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases.

  • Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open.

  • There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.

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Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together. Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.
  • Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.

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Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.
  • Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.

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Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.
  • Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.

Any idea what type of pcb header is on the board for the battery? I have a motherboard with a broken header but I cant source a replacement

Jimbo Jones - Reply

This is where I screwed up so I recommend extra caution for other newbies. Only the black part is supposed to come off. Don't be an idiot like me and pry off too much...

ylimakiminna - Reply

Yea I messed up there too. Is there a way to fix it?

Alethia Henry - Reply

Separate the front and rear cases.
  • Separate the front and rear cases.

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Using the pointy end of the spudger, disconnect the three antenna cable connectors on top of the wireless card. Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way. Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way.
  • Using the pointy end of the spudger, disconnect the three antenna cable connectors on top of the wireless card.

  • Deroute the antenna cables so that they are out of the wireless card casing. Rest the wires out of the way.

Step 9-11 only apply to the 3G version of the PS Vita.

logicj83 - Reply

Hello, I have the PCH-2001 model of the PS vita and the right analog stick went out. I ordered a replacement and the stick is slightly larger than the original. The original has a black rectangle on the back, the new version has the star version, which is what you have on this website as the replacement part. Any help here would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Ben Ragains - Reply

Hook the spudger beneath the tab on the wireless card casing and release the tab. Peel up and remove the wireless card casing.
  • Hook the spudger beneath the tab on the wireless card casing and release the tab.

  • Peel up and remove the wireless card casing.

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Remove the two 4.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the wireless card. The wireless card will naturally pop out at an angle.
  • Remove the two 4.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the wireless card.

  • The wireless card will naturally pop out at an angle.

  • Pull out the wireless card.

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Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside. Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside. Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside.
  • Pry up the right shoulder button casing with a spudger and set it aside.

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Remove the translucent, plastic right shoulder button cover.
  • Remove the translucent, plastic right shoulder button cover.

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Release the right shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to gently pry open the tab. Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket.
  • Release the right shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to gently pry open the tab.

  • Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket.

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Using a spudger, gently peel up the right shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Using a spudger, gently peel up the right shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.
  • Using a spudger, gently peel up the right shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

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Using the pointy end of a spudger, detach the antenna cable on the right button board. Remove the antenna cable.
  • Using the pointy end of a spudger, detach the antenna cable on the right button board.

  • Remove the antenna cable.

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Using a spudger, pry up and release the ZIF socket on the right button board. Gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.
  • Using a spudger, pry up and release the ZIF socket on the right button board.

  • Gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.

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Release the tab on the small flex cable socket by prying up the tab with a spudger. Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way. Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.
  • Release the tab on the small flex cable socket by prying up the tab with a spudger.

  • Using tweezers, gently pull the flex cable out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.

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Remove the two 5.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket securing the right button board to the motherboard. Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out. Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out.
  • Remove the two 5.0mm Phillips #00 screws from the metal bracket securing the right button board to the motherboard.

  • Remove the metal bracket, using a spudger as necessary to lift it out.

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Use a spudger to free the right button board by prying up from the bottom right corner of board. Gently lift the right button board out. Gently lift the right button board out.
  • Use a spudger to free the right button board by prying up from the bottom right corner of board.

  • Gently lift the right button board out.

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Pry up the left shoulder button casing with a spudger. Remove the left shoulder button casing. Remove the left shoulder button casing.
  • Pry up the left shoulder button casing with a spudger.

  • Remove the left shoulder button casing.

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Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover. Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover.
  • Remove the translucent, plastic left shoulder button cover.

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Release the left shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to pry open the tab. Be careful to not break off this small black tab! Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Do not pull on the black tab! Instead, pull the thin flex cable away from the connector (to the left in this image).
  • Release the left shoulder button flex cable socket by using a spudger to pry open the tab.

    • Be careful to not break off this small black tab!

  • Using tweezers, slide the flex cable out of the socket. Do not pull on the black tab! Instead, pull the thin flex cable away from the connector (to the left in this image).

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Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing. Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.
  • Using a spudger, gently peel up the left shoulder button from the light adhesive connecting it to casing.

This step is unneccesary.

Alexander Mayatsky - Reply

Using a spudger, lift and release the tab on the ZIF socket sitting on the SIM card reader. Carefully pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.
  • Using a spudger, lift and release the tab on the ZIF socket sitting on the SIM card reader.

  • Carefully pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.

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Use a spudger to release the tab between the SIM card reader and the back casing assembly. Lift the SIM card reader off the back casing assembly. Lift the SIM card reader off the back casing assembly.
  • Use a spudger to release the tab between the SIM card reader and the back casing assembly.

  • Lift the SIM card reader off the back casing assembly.

This board is not present in the Wifi only version, only the 3G/Wifi version.

dodo - Reply

Release the plastic tab on the small flex cable socket by prying it up with a spudger. Using tweezers, gently remove the small flex cable from the socket, and rest it out of the way.
  • Release the plastic tab on the small flex cable socket by prying it up with a spudger.

  • Using tweezers, gently remove the small flex cable from the socket, and rest it out of the way.

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Use a spudger to lift up the tab on the large ZIF socket. Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.
  • Use a spudger to lift up the tab on the large ZIF socket.

  • Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF socket, and rest it out of the way.

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Disconnect the white Wi-Fi antenna cable with a spudger. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna cable.
  • Disconnect the white Wi-Fi antenna cable with a spudger.

  • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna cable.

This connector isn't present in the Wifi only version, just the 3G/Wifi version.

dodo - Reply

Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the two metal brackets: Two 5.0mm, blue screws on the L-bracket securing the upper left button board to the motherboard. Four 5.0mm, blue screws on the square bracket securing the lower left button board to the motherboard.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the two metal brackets:

    • Two 5.0mm, blue screws on the L-bracket securing the upper left button board to the motherboard.

    • Four 5.0mm, blue screws on the square bracket securing the lower left button board to the motherboard.

What is the loose looking cable in this photo?

Dallon Verhaeghe - Reply

Starting from the upper left corner, use a spudger to pry up and remove the left button board. Starting from the upper left corner, use a spudger to pry up and remove the left button board. Starting from the upper left corner, use a spudger to pry up and remove the left button board.
  • Starting from the upper left corner, use a spudger to pry up and remove the left button board.

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Using the pointy end of a spudger, pry up and release the GPS antenna cable from the motherboard. Remove the GPS antenna cable.
  • Using the pointy end of a spudger, pry up and release the GPS antenna cable from the motherboard.

  • Remove the GPS antenna cable.

This part appears not to be on the PCH-1001 version, no wireless card installed.

Aislinn - Reply

Release the camera flex cable socket by prying up on the tab with a spudger. Release the camera flex cable socket by prying up on the tab with a spudger.
  • Release the camera flex cable socket by prying up on the tab with a spudger.

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Using a spudger, gently pry up on the camera. Work your way under the camera and along the camera flex cable, using the spudger to peel away the adhesive, freeing the camera.
  • Using a spudger, gently pry up on the camera.

  • Work your way under the camera and along the camera flex cable, using the spudger to peel away the adhesive, freeing the camera.

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Carefully lift and remove the camera, sliding the flex cable out of the open connector socket. Carefully lift and remove the camera, sliding the flex cable out of the open connector socket.
  • Carefully lift and remove the camera, sliding the flex cable out of the open connector socket.

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Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 6.3mm screw beneath the camera. Lift and remove the metal camera bracket.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 6.3mm screw beneath the camera.

  • Lift and remove the metal camera bracket.

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With the help of a spudger, lift and release the tab on the blue flex cable socket. With the help of a spudger, lift and release the tab on the blue flex cable socket.
  • With the help of a spudger, lift and release the tab on the blue flex cable socket.

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Using tweezers, gently pull the blue power flex cable out of the socket; rest it out of the way. Using tweezers, gently pull the blue power flex cable out of the socket; rest it out of the way.
  • Using tweezers, gently pull the blue power flex cable out of the socket; rest it out of the way.

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Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two pink, 4.4mm screws securing the motherboard.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two pink, 4.4mm screws securing the motherboard.

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Gently peel the rubber tab of the game port cover off the plastic casing pins. Remove the game port cover. Remove the game port cover.
  • Gently peel the rubber tab of the game port cover off the plastic casing pins.

  • Remove the game port cover.

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Gently peel the rubber tab of the accessory port cover off the plastic casing pins. Remove the accessory port cover. Remove the accessory port cover.
  • Gently peel the rubber tab of the accessory port cover off the plastic casing pins.

  • Remove the accessory port cover.

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Starting at the upper right hand corner, use a spudger to gently lift the motherboard out of the casing assembly. The motherboard is still attached to the casing by a connector on the back of the motherboard. Do not pull the motherboard all the way out, or you may damage the connector. The motherboard is still attached to the casing by a connector on the back of the motherboard. Do not pull the motherboard all the way out, or you may damage the connector.
  • Starting at the upper right hand corner, use a spudger to gently lift the motherboard out of the casing assembly.

  • The motherboard is still attached to the casing by a connector on the back of the motherboard. Do not pull the motherboard all the way out, or you may damage the connector.

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Lift the motherboard out and identify the OLED connector still attaching the motherboard to the casing. Holding the Vita on its side, use a spudger to gently pry off the OLED connector from the motherboard. Be sure to hold the motherboard while you release the connector as this will free the motherboard. If you are not holding the motherboard, it will fall.
  • Lift the motherboard out and identify the OLED connector still attaching the motherboard to the casing.

  • Holding the Vita on its side, use a spudger to gently pry off the OLED connector from the motherboard.

  • Be sure to hold the motherboard while you release the connector as this will free the motherboard. If you are not holding the motherboard, it will fall.

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Completely separate the motherboard from the case. Remove the case.
  • Completely separate the motherboard from the case. Remove the case.

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Starting at the right side, gently lift and remove the black casing that once held the camera. Starting at the right side, gently lift and remove the black casing that once held the camera. Starting at the right side, gently lift and remove the black casing that once held the camera.
  • Starting at the right side, gently lift and remove the black casing that once held the camera.

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Using a spudger, release the tab on the ZIF connector located above the two screw posts where the wireless card once was. Using a spudger, release the tab on the ZIF connector located above the two screw posts where the wireless card once was.
  • Using a spudger, release the tab on the ZIF connector located above the two screw posts where the wireless card once was.

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Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it. Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it. Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it.
  • Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it.

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Release the tab on the large ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard by lifting the tab with a spudger. Release the tab on the large ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard by lifting the tab with a spudger.
  • Release the tab on the large ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard by lifting the tab with a spudger.

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Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it. Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it.
  • Gently pull the flex cable out of the ZIF connector, and remove it.

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Using a spudger, release the small ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard. Using a spudger, release the small ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard.
  • Using a spudger, release the small ZIF connector on the right side of the motherboard.

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Gently pull the flex cable out of the small ZIF connector, and remove it. Gently pull the flex cable out of the small ZIF connector, and remove it. Gently pull the flex cable out of the small ZIF connector, and remove it.
  • Gently pull the flex cable out of the small ZIF connector, and remove it.

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Flip the motherboard over. With the help of a spudger, pry up and release the tab of the rear camera flex cable connector.
  • Flip the motherboard over.

  • With the help of a spudger, pry up and release the tab of the rear camera flex cable connector.

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Gently pull the rear camera out of the connector and remove it. Gently pull the rear camera out of the connector and remove it. Gently pull the rear camera out of the connector and remove it.
  • Gently pull the rear camera out of the connector and remove it.

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The motherboard remains.
  • The motherboard remains.

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Conclusion

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

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in steps 2&3, bottom is top and top is bottom

Samir Al Jubori - Reply

it should be noted that the memory card should always be taken out before separating the case. I just broke my memory card slot by having a card in there while I was opening the case, there's a tiny bit of overhang that will pull the slot off the motherboard.

bryandodson - Reply

does anyone know what firmware version the motherboard comes with?

riddochj - Reply

These are used Motherboards. You could get a motherboards with a random FW version.

Raheem -

Okay My original Motherboard power connector broke. So nothing was wrong with it except the Power connector.

My first buy of the Motherboard screen connector broke off.

The Replacement works well, however the Touch input isn't working, unless I restore the device. After a certain amount of time it becomes unresponsive.

Do anyone have a fix before I get a 3rd replacement.

Raheem - Reply

hello everybody, i really need help i cant manage to remove the wireless card screws. does someone has an idea how to get them out? or how to remove the mainboard without removing the screws? ( need to put it in another case)

Nico Miedreich - Reply

these are under 3.60, right? i can buy the motherboard + tools and ship them to germany, how about customs fees?

Gianluca Daniele Di Maggio - Reply

Can 3G boards be installed in WIFI consoles and vice-versa?

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