Introduction

Get back to your gaming by replacing your Xbox 360 wireless controllers logic board.

Image 1/2: Remove the battery holder from the controller. Image 2/2: The standard option for Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers Battery Packs is AA batteries. A rechargeable battery is also available, but both battery options are removed from the controller in the same way.
  • Depress the battery release button on the top of the controller.

  • Remove the battery holder from the controller.

  • The standard option for Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers Battery Packs is AA batteries. A rechargeable battery is also available, but both battery options are removed from the controller in the same way.

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  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the barcode sticker from the battery compartment.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to peel the barcode sticker from the battery compartment.

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  • Remove the seven 9.3 mm T8 Security Torx screws securing the rear case to the front case.

Any recommendation on which set of Security Torx tools to use? I've already purchased 2 kits, one of those being sold as "Xbox controller tools" but the diameter of the head does not fit the hole on the controller and that's critical for the 2 screws on the bottom. The tools must obviously be thinner in diameter and long enough to get there.

Arnie - Reply

How to open an XBOX 360 controller without a special screwdriver. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-o... Works perfectly.

Louis - Reply

A lot of thanks for your comment. It's very usefull

Echedey -

I picked up a handy torx key set from Auto Zone. Was about $10, no lose driver bits. has both sizes you need to repair the controller and the console. Here's the link:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accesso...

FierDancr - Reply

It doesn't really matter which set of bits you by or what brand makes them, Torx bits (and the security versions of them) are generic & come in standardized sizes. You do not need a special "xbox" tool kit, you just need a size 8 torx security bit, no matter what brand makes the bit/kit. Those types of "specialty kits" are usually just collections of generic bits that you can buy at a hardware store in a regular bit set. The difference is that a general bit set will have bits for screws that a specific item doesn't have in it, whereas a specialty kit will only include bits for the types & sizes of fasteners used in the specified item.

BTW, with the smaller sizes of torx security bits you can try breaking off the little post in the middle with needlenose pliers or something else that can fit in the there. Even if the post doesn't break off cleanly, it's usually short enough to fit a regular (non security) torx bit in the slot.

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  • Insert a Spudger between the front and rear cases along the left edge of the controller.

  • Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller, prying the two cases apart.

  • Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller, prying the two cases apart.

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Image 1/2: Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart. Image 2/2: Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart.
  • Insert a spudger between the front and rear cases, near the headphone jack.

  • Rotate the spudger toward the front of the controller to pry the two cases apart.

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Image 1/2: Lift the battery compartment away from the headphone jack, separating the rear case from the front case and logic board. Image 2/2: The battery contact springs are held in place by slots in the battery housing in the rear case. Be sure to realign them properly during reassembly.
  • Grasp the controller by the battery compartment and the headphone jack.

  • Lift the battery compartment away from the headphone jack, separating the rear case from the front case and logic board.

  • The battery contact springs are held in place by slots in the battery housing in the rear case. Be sure to realign them properly during reassembly.

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Image 1/2: Lift the vibration motor out of the front case. Image 2/2: Lift the vibration motor out of the front case.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to remove the vibration motor cable, moving it upward from its socket on the logic board.

  • Lift the vibration motor out of the front case.

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Image 1/2: The right motor has significantly more counterweight than the left motor. Image 2/2: The right motor has significantly more counterweight than the left motor.
  • Remove the vibration motor from the other side of the controller using the same method previously described.

  • The right motor has significantly more counterweight than the left motor.

The opposite was true for the controller I just opened. It was the left motor counterweight (as you hold the controller normally) which had more weight. Perhaps it doesn't matter which goes where?

Bob S - Reply

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  • Lifting from the headphone jack and power plug, remove the logic board from the front case.

What if you're having difficulty taking the logic board out?

Xander Uchida - Reply

In my experience with my controller, the logic board lifts out very easily, there are no tabs or fasteners holding it in.

So, if you're having difficulty taking the logic board out, call a friend with average hand dexterity & motor skills to do it for you.

Nerfbomb - Reply

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  • Grasp the right analog stick and pull the cover off its mount peg.

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  • Remove the left analog stick cover using the same procedure previously described.

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Image 1/3: The trigger has a peg that fits into a slot in the trigger arm. Be sure to push far enough so that the peg clears the slot. Image 2/3: Push the trigger arm downward. Image 3/3: Push the trigger arm downward.
  • Using your thumb and forefinger, push the left trigger toward the right side of the controller. Simultaneously push the trigger control arm in the opposite direction.

  • The trigger has a peg that fits into a slot in the trigger arm. Be sure to push far enough so that the peg clears the slot.

  • Push the trigger arm downward.

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Image 1/3: Using the previously described technique, pry the housing on the right edge away from the trigger. Image 2/3: Rotate the trigger away from the logic board, past its housing. Image 3/3: Rotate the trigger away from the logic board, past its housing.
  • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the trigger and the trigger assembly near the left edge. Pry the housing away from the catch on the trigger.

  • Using the previously described technique, pry the housing on the right edge away from the trigger.

  • Rotate the trigger away from the logic board, past its housing.

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Image 1/3: Pull the trigger spring out of the trigger. Image 2/3: Pull the trigger spring out of the trigger. Image 3/3: Pull the trigger spring out of the trigger.
  • Using a spudger, pry the trigger spring off its peg on the trigger housing.

  • Pull the trigger spring out of the trigger.

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Image 1/3: Remove the right trigger from the logic board. Image 2/3: To remove the left trigger from the logic board, follow the procedure previously described for the right trigger. Image 3/3: To remove the left trigger from the logic board, follow the procedure previously described for the right trigger.
  • Slide the trigger toward the right side of the logic board, and rotate it clockwise.

  • Remove the right trigger from the logic board.

  • To remove the left trigger from the logic board, follow the procedure previously described for the right trigger.

This is a removal guide not a replacement guide. I need steps to putting the trigger back in now.

Paul de Boer - Reply

Conclusion

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

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Does it matter which side the motors are returned to? I think I may have swapped positions with my two motors.

brian - Reply

Any guides for troubleshooting the test points on the board as to determine why the left trigger doesn't aim during gameplay? I've replaced the potentiometer with a brand new one but still nothing, everything else works perfectly …thoughts?

BURNHOT ROBINSON - Reply

I don't need a removal guide I need a diagram that shows me how to put the trigger on a button on top so a child with deformed fingers can use it. The triggers apparently have hall type sensors.

jim27601 - Reply

The logic board won't come out, and I don't want to force it out. Any ideas on how to take it out?

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