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Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement

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  1. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs, as a charged lithium-ion polymer battery can be dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • Power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck. If you attempt to remove the back cover with it still installed, it could snap right in half.

    • During your repair, it can be helpful at times to lay the Steam Deck face-down into its case to protect the thumbsticks and prevent wobble.

  2. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 1 of 1
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    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the eight screws securing the back cover:

    • Four coarse thread 9.5 mm-long screws

    • Four fine thread 5.8 mm-long screws

    • Despite the standards, Phillips screwdrivers can vary in size and shape—two drivers labeled as the same size may fit differently in the same screw. Use the size that fits the snuggest into the screw head.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your Steam Deck.

  3. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Unclip the back cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert an opening pick into the thin gap between the back cover and the front shell, along the edge of the right grip.

    • If you're having trouble inserting your pick at the grip seam, try starting at either the top or bottom long edges first, then slide the pick towards the grip.

    • Pry up on the back cover to release it from the locking clips.

  4. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest disconnect easily.

    • Grip the back cover at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the device to unclip the long edges.

    • Remove the back cover.

  5. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 5, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • If you have a refreshed Steam Deck version with the black motherboard cover, skip this step.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the piece of foil tape covering the hidden screw on the board shield.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this tape so it can be reused. If necessary, you can fashion a replacement by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape to fit.

  6. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield screws: step 6, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield screws: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

    • Only the two 3.7 mm screws along the left edge are present in refreshed Steam Decks.

  7. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the board shield.

    • Depending on the age of your Steam Deck, this shield may stick to the thermal pads underneath.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the fan cable lays on the side of the board shield and isn't pinched underneath.

  8. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

    • Alternatively, use the flat end of a spudger or a clean fingernail to gently push the connector out of its socket, then disconnect it completely by hand.

  9. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 9, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the audio cable: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Refreshed Steam Decks don't have this audio cable. If you have a refreshed version, skip the next two steps.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector.

  10. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by its pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  11. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 11, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 11, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Disconnect the mic cable: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to lift up on the mic cable's white locking tab.

    • You should feel a small tactile bump once the connector unlocks.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the mic cable up and out of its connector.

    • With the connector properly unlocked, the mic cable should slide out with little to no resistance. If it doesn't immediately slide out, check that the white tab is fully unlocked.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the locking tab is in its unlocked, lifted position before reinserting the mic cable. Press down on the tab to lock the cable in place.

  12. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the audio board screws: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws securing the audio board.

  13. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 13, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 13, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the audio board: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the audio board by the headphone jack.

    • Pivot the board up and out of its recess to remove it.

Conclusion

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Steam Deck answers community for help.

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7 Comments

When will the audio board be available? Currently the part isn't even listed.

Bónitz András - Reply

So glad that Steam made it easy for user to buy individual parts from a 3rd party, much more to iFix it. Can't wait to get my hands on this beast.

Sarah kai - Reply

Any chance of a photo of the underside of the audio board, I need to replace the headphone socket for a friend and can't tell which version to order so that i only have to take it apart once.

Erik Carlson - Reply

請問,音頻小板什麼時候有零件可以購買

rickwang1978 - Reply

Steam just emailed me back saying they wont fix my volume down button because it had water damage? I don't remember getting my SD wet but if this part was made available I'd be able to fix my SD myself why isn't this a thing yet? I'd happily buy the replacement part =(

Roc Soriano - Reply

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