Introduction

Before you can access the inner components of the controller, you must remove the top motherboard. This guide will show you how to do this by de-soldering.

Remove the battery pack cover.
  • Remove the battery pack cover.

  • Remove batteries.

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We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown. Grip the controller firmly to remove the side handles, wedging a spudger into the seam between the front and handle plates.
  • We recommend using a nylon spudger for this step. A metal spudger is shown.

  • Grip the controller firmly to remove the side handles, wedging a spudger into the seam between the front and handle plates.

  • Pry the side plate away from the front plate by moving the spudger back and forth. You will need to do this all the way around the side plate's seam.

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There is a hidden screw located in the middle of the controller behind the label. Use a screwdriver and punch a hole directly in the center of the label.
  • There is a hidden screw located in the middle of the controller behind the label.

  • Use a screwdriver and punch a hole directly in the center of the label.

    • You may also lift the label if you do not want to puncture it.

  • Remove the five 10mm screws located on the back of the controller using the T8 Security Torx Screwdriver.

i damaged my screws. how do i get the screws out?

tenzin - Reply

wait. i just watched a video guide on ifixit's youtube channel about damaged screws. i'll try those methods.

tenzin - Reply

It's a t8 or t9 security bit btw, I got the top two out with a regular T8, but the bottom two and middle needed a T9 Security bit.

David Loper - Reply

All five faceplate/backplate screws in the controller I disassembled were T8 security fasteners.

John Dziedzic - Reply

Am I doing something wrong because I got the tool it said I needed and got the middle screw out but the others have a bump or something in the center of the screw and it won't fit.

kolton77 - Reply

The T8 is only good for the middle screw on my One S controller. The others require something bigger

Matej Skelo - Reply

These requires SECURITY Torx bits (they have a cannulated hole in the driver). I don't believe the iFixIt branded driver is cannulated but you can buy a set of bits from DeWalt DWAX200 which is overkill but has what you need.

jhighsmith - Reply

The driver that iFixIt sells is cannulated.

jhighsmith -

where do you get this dumb ass screw driver

Jake Zweier - Reply

iFixit Store #IF145-027-3

VauWeh - Reply

You can bypass it with a 1.5mm flathead.

Marianne Sandling - Reply

Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Remove the backplate.
  • Remove the backplate.

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Remove the faceplate.
  • Remove the faceplate.

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You may let the rumble motors hang freely out of their sockets. De-solder the soldered joints while holding the red and black wires down on the top motherboard.
  • You may let the rumble motors hang freely out of their sockets.

  • De-solder the soldered joints while holding the red and black wires down on the top motherboard.

  • De-solder the black and gray wires that are attached to the top motherboard.

  • Remove the rumble motors and set them aside.

  • Be careful while using the soldering iron not to damage other components or hurt yourself.

  • For information on how to solder, click here.

Steps 6-8 aren't completely necessary, and are very risky if you aren't good at soldering. It would seem the only reason to remove the motherboard and mess with all this soldering is just so you can reach both screws on the trigger in step 10. However, you can reach them already with a small-bodied screwdriver. Although you might have to rest the screwdriver on the black square processor to reach the bottom screw, it shouldn't damage the processor or motherboard to jimmy that screw out.

Robert Rapier - Reply

Unscrew the two 7mm T6 screws located near the rumble motor sockets.
  • Unscrew the two 7mm T6 screws located near the rumble motor sockets.

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Firmly grip sides of motherboard near the middle.
  • Firmly grip sides of motherboard near the middle.

  • Lift upwards while slightly wiggling the motherboard forward and backward.

  • Lifting the motherboard will require some force.

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Conclusion

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

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where can i get a top motherborde replacement??

Lol John - Reply

Hi John,

Unfortunately, beyond the parts list given on the main page, I don't know of any other reliable links. I'd suggest Googling the part, or maybe searching on eBay.

Liam Gow -

I was only able to unscrew 2 of the Torx screws. They have a pin right in the middle that doesn't allow for the screwdriver to be fully inserted, or at all. The two screws I was able to unscrew must've had a shorter pin than the others.

Rami Girgis - Reply

These points on the head is what we call a security torx screw. You will need the specific T8 or T6 Security Torx Screwdriver to remove these screws.

jbagge0023 -

You can use a small flat blade screwdriver ;-)

If any of the screws are tight, the centre pin may snap, then you can just use a normal Torx bit.

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