Introduction

This guide will help you to replace your motherboard. For this replacement, You will need the tool #PH0 and tweezers.

Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #0 screwdriver.
  • Place Gamepad face down and remove the two 4.7 mm screws with a Phillips size #0 screwdriver.

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Lift and remove the battery plate.
  • Lift and remove the battery plate.

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With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug. Remove the battery from the battery case. Remove the battery from the battery case.
  • With your finger, press down and pull back on the battery connector plug.

  • Remove the battery from the battery case.

Battery lifts up from the bottom not the top like the photo shows.

Tyler Schommer - Reply

Remove 10 9mm screws with Tri-Wing size Y1 screwdriver around the outer case. Lift up on the back of case. Lift gently because the rumble motor in the back of the case is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.
  • Remove 10 9mm screws with Tri-Wing size Y1 screwdriver around the outer case.

  • Lift up on the back of case.

  • Lift gently because the rumble motor in the back of the case is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.

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Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.
  • Unplug outer case rumble motor connector from the motherboard with your fingers.

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Open the top and bottom clasp that connects the white flex cable to the motherboard with the tweezer. Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers. Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.
  • Open the top and bottom clasp that connects the white flex cable to the motherboard with the tweezer.

  • Remove the white flex cable with the tweezers.

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With your fingers,  lift and remove bluetooth board. Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.
  • With your fingers, lift and remove bluetooth board.

  • Remove the board carefully as there are still two wires attached.

These little boards (Bluetooth and NFC) have a small connector but also have double sided tape holding them down. So you may need to apply more force than expected to remove these due to the tape.

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Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module. Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.
  • Disconnect the black and white wires off of the back of the bluetooth module.

One important thing to note here is how the black and white wires are routed to the board. You should take a picture since if you do not route these the same way, the wires can interfere with the button or get trapped when you assemble the case back possible blocking a screw hole.

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Lift and remove the bluetooth module.
  • Lift and remove the bluetooth module.

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With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard. With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard.
  • With your fingers, unplug the left speaker cable from the motherboard.

Speakers are connected with solder so removing them is not possible without requiring soldering later on. I left them both connected and instead of removing the motherboard completely I just "hinged" it carefully down to facilitate the work following step 18.

dietcokediva - Reply

Thank you for offering this info because I spent 20 minutes between scratching my head and searching for any alternatives to just the image above, which had a wire nut/housing (and mine certainly did not). As I began to have an anxiety attack (

Missy Leap-Courtney -

Mine also did not have connectors for the speaker. But like mentioned above, I was able to do repair WITHOUT the need to unsolder the speaker wires. Thanks!

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers. Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers.
  • Remove the right speaker cable that's connected to the motherboard with the tweezers.

Note that on some units (presumably later ones), the speakers are soldered onto the motherboard.

Ryan Finnie - Reply

Disconnect the analog connector with tweezers.
  • Disconnect the analog connector with tweezers.

The connector on the right side is also on the left side.

Paulus 68 - Reply

There was a little tab on the top of the male end of the connectors that I had to push to get them out.

Reed Deemer - Reply

Remove the blue connector using tweezers. Remove the blue connector using tweezers.
  • Remove the blue connector using tweezers.

Looks like there are 2 of these connectors - left and right side

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Carefully lift the black clasp.  It is prone to breaking if only lifted from one point.  Remove the brown ribbon by using the tweezers. Unclasp small gray ribbon to the left of the brown ribbon.
  • Carefully lift the black clasp. It is prone to breaking if only lifted from one point. Remove the brown ribbon by using the tweezers.

  • Unclasp small gray ribbon to the left of the brown ribbon.

There is also a small connecter on the left side from the big connector.

Paulus 68 - Reply

The small connector is the digitizer (touch senor panel) - The large connector is the actual display

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Remove the small orange ribbon with the tweezers.
  • Remove the small orange ribbon with the tweezers.

These tiny connectors are difficult to see how to manipulate. Similar to other ribbon connectors, there is a lever that flips up to release the ribbon cable. However, unlike the larger connectors, the lever flips up from the opposite side that the connector enters. Run your tweezers up the back side of the connector body, and the grey top should flip to vertical. Then the ribbon cable will slide out.

Matt Cross - Reply

This small connector is attached to the screen as well.

Louis Bellanca - Reply

Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers. Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers. Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers.
  • Remove these two connectors to the motherboard with your fingers.

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Remove the NFC communicator. When removing the NFC communicator, be careful  with the small connector on the back side.
  • Remove the NFC communicator.

  • When removing the NFC communicator, be careful with the small connector on the back side.

  • Remove the small connector plug-in on the back.

When trying to remove the red and black cords, it came off the green board. Is there a way to reconnect them?

Judy Swenson - Reply

I didn't disconnect the cable, isn't really necessary.

Paulus 68 - Reply

Remove the remaining three 5.1 mm screws using the Phillips size #0 screwdriver. Lift and remove the mother board. Lift and remove the mother board.
  • Remove the remaining three 5.1 mm screws using the Phillips size #0 screwdriver.

  • Lift and remove the mother board.

There's a 4th 5.1mm screw along the bottom edge in the middle.

Bobby Elrod - Reply

The speakers were soldered as mentioned above, so I carefully folded the motherboard down to facilitate work

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Conclusion

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

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i need help with the tiny clasp for the touch glass ribbon. the tiny grey clasp snapped off and now the ribbon will not stay in, so i can't use the touch screen, if there a way to secure that tiny ribbon to the contact?

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