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  1. You can remove the side panels with a pry tool. You don't need to remove the rubber.  The rubber on this controller was already bad
    • You can remove the side panels with a pry tool.

    • You don't need to remove the rubber. The rubber on this controller was already bad

  2. Remove the 5 Torx Security Bit (TR8) screws
    • Remove the 5 Torx Security Bit (TR8) screws

    all the T8 screws on my controller have a clear filling in them, WTF?!?!?

    Patrick Henry - Reply

    all my T8 screws have a clear filling in them, WTF?!?!?!

    Patrick Henry - Reply

    I've never seen that, I can't advise much other than scrapping it out with an xacto knife

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

    My screws have a tiny metal pin in the center. Looks like I need a TR8 bit, not a T8. This might be what you are mistaking for a clear filling.

    Steve McGinn - Reply

    Thanks it might be TR8 i’ll update the guide

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

    While a TR8 will work, they’re actually TR9 screws on mine (Model 1698, X912908-004).

    Daniel - Reply

  3. Pry the panel next to the 3.5mm port Be careful to not rip the ribbon shown in the next step Be careful to not rip the ribbon shown in the next step
    • Pry the panel next to the 3.5mm port

    • Be careful to not rip the ribbon shown in the next step

  4. Be careful to not rip the ribbon cable You can pop the connector up to remove the ribbon easily
    • Be careful to not rip the ribbon cable

    • You can pop the connector up to remove the ribbon easily

    • Ribbon Cable

    My connector did not look like this and popping it up broke it

    Amarokstar - Reply

    please post a picture of the connector so we can update this, you also might have a newer revision of the motherboard

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

    Is there any way to replace that connector bar or maybe an alternative to keeping the contacts down on the ribbon if it’s broken?

    Joe - Reply

    @joe you can try tape, or even hot glue (easy to remove with rubbing alcohol), that might hold it down. I wasn’t able to find the connector but i’m sure if you count the number of pins and measure it you’d be able to locate a replacement connector on something like mouser.

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

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  6. Remove the 2 Torx (T6) screws
    • Remove the 2 Torx (T6) screws

  7. Desolder the 4 wires on each side, these control the vibrations and the RT LT Desolder the 4 wires on each side, these control the vibrations and the RT LT
    • Desolder the 4 wires on each side, these control the vibrations and the RT LT

    If you are just replacing the main power board there is no need to desolder at this point. The main power board can be removed with the controller board still in place.

    Malc Foy - Reply

  8. Pull up from the "top" side of the controller on the sister board. Pull up from the "top" side of the controller on the sister board.
    • Pull up from the "top" side of the controller on the sister board.

    Hi,

    I would like to know if I could get from you a Motherboard . In case you don' t have it, where could I find one?

    Thank you

    Alejandro Expósito - Reply

    Hi, I have 2 not working controllers (both 1698 and 1708). The 1708 broke the bumper switch, I manage to fix it but as always, postponed. So, can I either swap Xbox One Elite comtroller (1698) into Xbox One (1708) shell/housing or vice versa??

    Or can I mix both motherboard together so I can make one of them working?

    Fitifazrul Rahman - Reply

    It might work…it might damage one of the boards but probably wouldn’t

    EasyAsABC123 -

    I would like to buy a motherboard, can you please stock some up?

    davi_t - Reply

    I don’t work for ifixit, I don’t know if they see comments on a private made guide.

    EasyAsABC123 -

  9. Be Careful to not lose the sync button Pry the middle section up from the home button side. This will also remove the LB and RB which is a single part
    • Be Careful to not lose the sync button

    • Pry the middle section up from the home button side.

    • This will also remove the LB and RB which is a single part

  10. Unscrew the 6 Torx (T6) screws Unscrew the 6 Torx (T6) screws
    • Unscrew the 6 Torx (T6) screws

    On the 2nd picture: the D-pad dome switches are covered by a clear plastic film: is possible to remove it/reattach that plastic film? I believe there might be something stuck underneath the dome switches that’s interfering with the d-pad buttons working reliably/consistently. I know I could just replace the daughterboard, but I’m trying to avoid doing that if I can just clean it some how/find a way around it

    Joe Cervantes - Reply

    This is just tacom tape :), feel free to buy more and replace

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

    Hi anyone know of where to find that rubber thing that goes on lb/rb trigger?

    kostas kazlauskas - Reply

    rubber thing? You mean the lb and rb part itself? or the home button section?

    EasyAsABC123 -

    The lb/rb white rubber behind the button supoort rubber i dont know how its called

    kostas kazlauskas -

  11. Now you can remove the buttons themselves. Now you can remove the buttons themselves.
    • Now you can remove the buttons themselves.

    how Is this considered difficult took me 15 mins

    TwiZ Faded - Reply

    Cool it, no need to be like that. You're the one using their tutorial, how about you just say thanks

    Matthew R Dunham -

Conclusion

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

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EasyAsABC123

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Is there any way I could just do step 8, removing the Home cover? I simply need to fix my USB port so i dont really wanna take it completely apart just for that.

jones_8515 - Reply

Desoldering the rumble motors isn't necessary, nor is removing the first motherboard. Once you get that back panel off, you're golden.

J'Anthony Joseph -

Ya hi i opened my controller and right away i don’t see ether bolt in both handles. 4 i believe to top two bottom.

Suggestions please.

ZombiE SlayeR - Reply

I found using a TQ5 for the 2 motherboard screws worked the best on my controller not a T6

Mat - Reply

Thanks for the info

EasyAsABC123 -

Awesome guide. After taking mine apart it won’t turn on without plugging it in first. When I plug it in it turns on and I can unplug it and use it like normal but the Xbox button won’t turn the controller on by itself. Have you ever encountered that?

Tim Hogg - Reply

I have never run into this, that is definitely an unusual problem

EasyAsABC123 -

how to glue this sh*ty ribbon? mine also badly removed by itself

senoritavikki - Reply

You probably would want to count the wires in the ribbon and then buy a replacement

EasyAsABC123 -

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