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Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal

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  1. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Prepare your Steam Deck for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, 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 in its case to protect the thumbsticks and prevent wobble.

  2. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the back cover screws: step 2, image 2 of 2
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    • Use a T6 Torx driver to remove the eight 5.8 mm‑long screws securing the back cover.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  3. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip a handle: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick at an upward angle between the back cover and the front shell near one of the triggers.

    • If you can't insert your pick here, try along the top or bottom edges of the Steam Deck OLED before sliding it toward the handle.

    • Slide your pick along the edge of the handle to release the clips securing it to the front shell.

  4. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Unclip the top and bottom edges: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Reinsert your pick and slide it along the top and bottom edges until the back cover feels loose.

  5. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the back cover: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the unclipped handle and pull it away from the front shell to release the remaining clips.

    • Remove the back cover.

  6. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the battery: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the battery cable pull tab, located to the left of the battery.

    • Firmly pull the battery cable straight away from the motherboard shield (toward the battery) to disconnect it.

    • This bundled cable is fairly stiff. If you're having trouble, re-grip the pull tab close to the head of the connector and gently walk it side-to-side as you pull.

    • If the cable pull-tab feels fragile or rips during this process, remove the motherboard shield and disconnect the cable using a spudger.

    • When the battery cable comes free, it might push up on the motherboard shield. Don't worry, as this won't damage anything.

  7. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Disconnect the right button board: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to flip up the small white locking flap on the right button board interconnect cable ZIF connector.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to grip the cable's pull tab and slide it straight out of its socket to disconnect it.

    • The pull tab may be labelled C‑R.

  8. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Separate the cable adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • The interconnect cable is adhered to the motherboard shield.

    • Insert an opening pick between the interconnect cable and the motherboard shield.

    • Be careful not to crease or tear the cable.

    • If you're having trouble inserting a pick, lightly heat the cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer.

    • Slide your pick along the shield to separate the cable.

  9. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Move the interconnect cable: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • During the rest of the repair, it may be helpful to move the interconnect cable over the battery and out of the way of the motherboard shield.

    • Be careful not to crease or strain the cable, as it's still adhered to the battery.

    • Tape the cable in place away from the motherboard shield.

  10. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the motherboard shield screws: step 10, image 1 of 2 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the motherboard shield screws: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use your T6 Torx driver to remove the two 3.8 mm‑long screws securing the top left and bottom left corners of the motherboard shield.

  11. Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 1 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 2 of 3 Steam Deck OLED Motherboard Shield Removal, Remove the motherboard shield: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • If the speaker cable is taped to the bottom edge of the motherboard shield, gently peel it off.

    • Remove the motherboard shield.

Conclusion

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

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