Introduction

This guide will show you how to access and replace the top motherboard. Soldering is required, so the link to the soldering guide is included to help you.

Slide the battery cover toward the top of the controller to remove it. Lift up  the batteries or the battery pack from the battery compartment.
  • Slide the battery cover toward the top of the controller to remove it.

  • Lift up the batteries or the battery pack from the battery compartment.

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Insert a plastic opening tool into the top seam, and  gently work the opening tool to the bottom of the controller. Continue using the opening tool to gently pry the side plate off of the controller.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the top seam, and gently work the opening tool to the bottom of the controller.

  • Continue using the opening tool to gently pry the side plate off of the controller.

  • Repeat this process for the second side plate.

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Gently peel the battery label  or punch a hole in the center of the sticker in the battery compartment to reveal the hidden screw.
  • Gently peel the battery label or punch a hole in the center of the sticker in the battery compartment to reveal the hidden screw.

  • Remove the five 90mm torx-9 security screws from the back of the controller.

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Orient the controller so the front plate is facing up. Lift the front cover off of the controller.
  • Orient the controller so the front plate is facing up.

  • Lift the front cover off of the controller.

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Turn the controller face down and gently lift the rear plate.
  • Turn the controller face down and gently lift the rear plate.

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Turn the device over and remove the directional pad by gently pulling it away from the controller.
  • Turn the device over and remove the directional pad by gently pulling it away from the controller.

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Pull the joysticks off of the controller.
  • Pull the joysticks off of the controller.

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If the rumble motors fall out of frame, the wires may disconnect from the motherboard . The wires will have to be soldered to reattach the motor.
  • If the rumble motors fall out of frame, the wires may disconnect from the motherboard . The wires will have to be soldered to reattach the motor.

  • Turn the device over and remove the two 70mm torx-6 security screws in the bottom left and right corners.

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Firmly grasp the top and bottom motherboards in opposite hands, then gently pull them apart.
  • Firmly grasp the top and bottom motherboards in opposite hands, then gently pull them apart.

  • The top motherboard is still connected to the bottom motherboard. To fully separate the top motherboard, you will need to use a soldering iron.

Soldering is not necessary for separation as on the top motherboard it uses a small connector commonly used in wireless assemblies for antennas. Simply pop it of using any prying tool or just your hand but make sure it is the side that has a gold or brassy finish and not a solder joint.

wyatt Faught - Reply

Hey Wyatt,

Thanks for the feedback. I was on the team that authored this guide. I did not work on this specific guide so I am not familiar with this specific connector. I will follow up with iFixIt and check this issue. Thanks for the comment!

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Conclusion

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

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