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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 (TR9) screws
    • Remove the 5 Torx Security Bit (TR9) 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

    @isbelldl thanks, updated to specify TR9

    EasyAsABC123 - 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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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 -

  8. These can be difficult to desolder. It is best to use a 650F degree soldering iron, if you have this available. If you are having trouble desoldering it with the old solder, adding fresh solder makes removal of the old solder easier.
    • These can be difficult to desolder. It is best to use a 650F degree soldering iron, if you have this available. If you are having trouble desoldering it with the old solder, adding fresh solder makes removal of the old solder easier.

    • Desolder the 4 pins holding the pins in on the left analog stick.

    • Desolder the 4 pins holding the button in on the right analog stick.

    Is that 650 C or F? Big difference between the two.

    The Stuff - Reply

    fahrenheit not celcius.

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

  9. A 650F degree soldering iron is required. If you are having trouble desoldering these components, add new solder to make removal easier.
    • A 650F degree soldering iron is required. If you are having trouble desoldering these components, add new solder to make removal easier.

    • First, desolder the left analog stick.

    • Next, desolder the 6 pins for the right analog stick.

  10. A soldering iron that can reach at minimum 650F is required.  If you are having trouble desoldering the old analog sticks, add fresh solder to make removal of the old analog sticks easier.
    • A soldering iron that can reach at minimum 650F is required. If you are having trouble desoldering the old analog sticks, add fresh solder to make removal of the old analog sticks easier.

    • Desolder the left analog stick from the controller.

    • Desolder the right analog stick from the controller.

    Watt? Or is that a typo and it should say 650F again?

    Wesley Boynton - Reply

    Thanks updated guide

    EasyAsABC123 - Reply

  11. If you are having trouble desoldering here are the two things you can do to solve. You can use a screw driver to open the resistors and then remove them from the board allowing access to the ground pins Now using snips you can cut the pins and then use a soldering iron to both sides and remove the cut pin gently with pliers
    • If you are having trouble desoldering here are the two things you can do to solve.

    • You can use a screw driver to open the resistors and then remove them from the board allowing access to the ground pins

    • Now using snips you can cut the pins and then use a soldering iron to both sides and remove the cut pin gently with pliers

Conclusion

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

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I’ve replaced a thumbstick sensor on one of these controllers recently, and it doesn’t register movement like the other, original one. It can be described as the entire intended range of movement being compressed down into a very narrow band over the travel of the stick. The deadzone is quite large now, relatively speaking. Can this kind of behavior be attributed to a bad soldering job (all directions are recognized during tests), or is it perhaps just a bad sensor?

Brandon - Reply

Bad solder job is unlikely, i’d assume the new joystick doesn’t have the same specs as the old one.

EasyAsABC123 -

i cant get the module out. I desoldered the pins but it seems like the module is glued onto the board? Tutorials doesnt show that part

Patrick “II JumPeR I” Korell - Reply

It is just soldered in, hold the soldering iron the the pins and pull gently. If you pull too hard you might damage a solder pad, although it is unlikely.

I have a desolder vacuum gun and I still have the issue you are describing I'll be fixing an elite controller tomorrow so I'll record that and take more pictures to update this.

EasyAsABC123 -

@easyasabc

Would be great if you could do that :)

Patrick “II JumPeR I” Korell - Reply

Hm after finally being able to replace the module im getting this now. The stick just drift to the right now :/ Do you know what could cause it? https://imgur.com/a/ghac5 im not moving the stick

Patrick “II JumPeR I” Korell - Reply

Yes this is likely from a bad replacement, always buy multiple since they all come from china

EasyAsABC123 -

It can be a lot of different things that have gone wrong with the potentiometer in charge of that direction of control

EasyAsABC123 -

So you mean the module was bad? Because i bought two and both of them produced this :/

Patrick “II JumPeR I” Korell - Reply

that’s what constant drift means if you unplug let go of both sticks and replug…that might fix it but i doubt it

EasyAsABC123 -

Do you know the part number for analog joysticks in the elite controller? There’s so many out variants out there and I don’t want to order crappy ones.

Nathan Araujo - Reply

See this is my problem I don’t wanna get the crappy ones too and I don’t know if they even make one for just the Elite controller do they ?

Anthony Pulido -

the standard and elite controller share the same potentiometers, so do the xbox 360 controllers if i’m recalling right.

They are all cheap, they don’t put high quality pots in these controllers…the cheapest are normally just not tested as well meaning they might not be perfect out of the box

EasyAsABC123 -

So is this the fix when you’re joystick gets loose and how do you find the right joystick for the elite controller aren’t they for the original Xbox one controller and isn’t there a difference?

Anthony Pulido - Reply

the standard and elite controller share the same potentiometers, so do the xbox 360 controllers if i’m recalling right.

EasyAsABC123 -

Do you have any video tutorials on the desoldering of an elite controller? Would love to see your method, its been tough for me.

Carlos Tolen - Reply

I have this video which is of a normal xbox controller, i have a desolder gun though so it probably won’t be super beneficial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyI_1AxP...

EasyAsABC123 -

Is there a site to buy the board pre built?

Player Unknown - Reply

Not that i’m aware of, there are plenty of people you can ship your board to with what you want done to it though.

EasyAsABC123 -

my dude, it’s a potentiometer. Not a directional resister. That’s a made up term.

My dude

mookiez1590 - Reply

it says potentiometers everywhere i don’t know why it had directional resistors

EasyAsABC123 -

My problem is that i tried desoldering but they won’t come of .the pins are so small does anyone have some ideas tho help me or maybe a link to the whole motherboard . Thx

Daniel boehnke - Reply

try clipping the pins adding new solder to the joints…and then pulling the pins out with pliers while heating from the other side…these are through hole and might take more heat than you are used to. you might need a 700W soldering iron to remove them…clipping them off at the board will show you specifically which ones you haven’t desoldered though.

EasyAsABC123 -

Hi ive killed the Solder Pad of the right stick s Potentiometers.

Please can somebody Upload where i have to put wires on witch contacts?

This would be awesome.

Bernhard - Reply

That is impressive, did you cut them somehow? You would have to really burn out the controller with the soldering iron to “damage” these with just a soldering iron. This diagram has a lot of the traces but i don’t know if it has the joystick traces http://www.acidmods.com/forum/index.php?...

EasyAsABC123 -

How much would u charge to do mine for me?

Derrick - Reply

You should ask around at a maker space or find someone local to show you how to accomplish this. There are also plenty of youtube videos showing how to accomplish this.

EasyAsABC123 -

Hello,I just replace the left analogue 3D module of my Xbox one controller and I struggled a lot to remove the old one,with the new one up and down are working but left and right aren’t,I don’t know what went wrong,because I replace it a 3rd time because I thought the 3D modules wasn’t working well but the problem remains

odbaghi - Reply

The board might be damaged or just the new joystick isn’t installed just right, i couldn’t really tell you without seeing it.

EasyAsABC123 -

Factory joysticks dont sit perfectly flush from the beginning, you can fit a razor blade between the board and the part, so dead spots are probably from a bad part, or relate to the motor skills of the operator.

Harold - Reply

After the exchange, the left stick does not work when it is pressed. What can you do?

Dylofix _Ger - Reply

Verify the soldering on the 4 smaller pins from the joystick those are what controls the button action of the joystick

EasyAsABC123 -

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