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Introduction

The GameDAC control wheel is the component that controls the dial of the GameDAC. This electrical component is called a potentiometer. When replacing the potentiometer, one should be careful of wired connections on the circuit board. Follow this guide to safely replace the potentiometer.

  1. Remove the plastic cover using the iFixit opening tool to pry the cover open. Insert opening picks to keep the cover open as you work your way around the GameDAC. Pop the cover off.
    • Remove the plastic cover using the iFixit opening tool to pry the cover open.

    • Insert opening picks to keep the cover open as you work your way around the GameDAC.

    • Pop the cover off.

  2. Remove the control wheel from the GameDAC by pulling on the knob. Remove the control wheel from the GameDAC by pulling on the knob.
    • Remove the control wheel from the GameDAC by pulling on the knob.

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  4. Remove the five 6mm screws using the Phillips #0 driver head. There is one screw hidden on the upper right-hand side of the display.
    • Remove the five 6mm screws using the Phillips #0 driver head.

    • There is one screw hidden on the upper right-hand side of the display.

  5. Hold the sides of the GameDAC and pull apart. Don't pull the two sides apart quickly or forcefully to avoid tearing the wire connection between the two boards.
    • Hold the sides of the GameDAC and pull apart.

    • Don't pull the two sides apart quickly or forcefully to avoid tearing the wire connection between the two boards.

  6. Remove the three 4mm screws from the circuit board using the Phillips #0 driver head.
    • Remove the three 4mm screws from the circuit board using the Phillips #0 driver head.

  7. Desolder the seven potentiometer pins from the board to remove the button. For help desoldering connections, follow this useful guide on How To Solder and Desolder Connections.
    • Desolder the seven potentiometer pins from the board to remove the button.

    • For help desoldering connections, follow this useful guide on How To Solder and Desolder Connections.

    • Use caution when soldering. The heated tip may cause damage to the board or burn you.

Conclusion

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

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