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Select a difficulty level for this entire task (including any prerequisite instructions). The difficulty ranking reflects the experience, physical dexterity, and risk involved.

Very easy

Does not require opening device.


Requires minimal disassembly and requires only basic tools like a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver.


Requires a fair amount of disassembly. This is a task that most people would not perform without instruction.


Requires significant disassembly and may require specialized tasks like soldering.

Very difficult

This task is considered quite challenging, may require specialized tasks like micro-soldering, and may risk damage to the device. If you can do this, people may call you MacGyver on occasion.

  • OSVR HDK 1.2 1.3 1.4 2 Faceplate Opening
  • OSVR HDK 1.2 1.3 1.4 2 Positional Tracking IR Board Access for Programming or Replacement

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  • 1 × ST-Link v2 compatible STM8 programming toolI used a compatible metal-cased "USB stick" style one, like that at the Sensics "buy" link. If you choose to buy a full, official, round, beige-plastic-enclosed with two separate sockets ST-Link v2 tool direct from ST or a distributor like Digi-Key, with the full cable bundle, you might be able to use the P5 connector if your device has it (HDK 1.4 or HDK 2) - see the full programming instructions for details.
  • 1 × Phillips 00 Screwdriver
  • 1 × iFixit Opening Picks set of 6Optional - this or a spudger can help with the ribbon cable disconnection.
  • 1 × Soldering IronWhatever reasonable-quality electronics soldering iron you have is fine.
  • 1 × SolderWhatever good-quality, fine/thin electronics solder you have (tin/lead, lead-free) is fine.
  • 1 × Flux Pen 10ml No CleanYou'll probably need some flux to neatly solder on the circuit board. If you've soldered on fairly fine-pitch but through-hole parts before, the flux you have is fine.
  • 1 × 4-pin 0.1" Header (Old CD-ROM Audio Header suitable)I used an old CD-ROM Audio header/connector, but only the number of pins, pitch, and some pin 1 marking is important... see the step dedicated to connectors.
  • 4 × WiresYou can use individually cut wire, or two out of the four pairs out of a CAT5/CAT6 (Ethernet) cable (I've done both), or perhaps both pairs out of a (CAT3) phone cable... see the step dedicated to wires.
  • 1 × Heat Shrink Tubing
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