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Introducción

The HTC Vive controller motherboard may be damaged and not able to function. The motherboard is crucial for all functions of the remote. This guide will show you how to replace the motherboard.

  1. Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.
    • Turn over the Vive controller so that the bottom saucer is facing up.

    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove three black 21mm screws from the bottom saucer.

    Where can I buy new t5 21 mm screws? Mine are getting stripped out!

    jeremyvanwoerden - Contestar

  2. Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges. Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.
    • Use the nylon spudger to separate the top and bottom saucer covers all around the edges.

    • Remove only the top saucer cover by pulling up with your hand.

    My top saucer was REALLY stubborn. Don’t force it with your hand, use the spudger to separate it at the seam. Try not to poke your spudger in too deep, there are internals just inside the seam.

    trevorsklar - Contestar

    The second time around, I learned why it was so stubborn. The picture suggests that you should start at the base of the saucer and work your way around, but that’s backwards.

    Start separating with your spudger at the distal side of the saucer and work your way toward the handle. Then for the last part, pull the piece up and away, like peeling a banana. See the second picture for the bottom half of the saucer, below. Do the same on the top.

    trevorsklar - Contestar

  3. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.
    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the three silver 12.8mm screws from the exposed upper sensor panel.

    It’s Phillips 0, not 00.

    trevorsklar - Contestar

    You do not need to remove these screws to remove the bottom saucer. They provide stability to the two halves of the donut.

    pacoavocado - Contestar

    I had the same experience. Putting the screws back in made the bottom shell easier to remove.

    Nate Plamondon - Contestar

    I concur, you don’t need to remove these screws to take the bottom shell off.

    I found mine had ph#000 screws size, not ph#00.

    Rocko the fixit cat - Contestar

  4. Carefully pull away the bottom saucer cover with your hand. To aid in removing the saucer cover, squeeze the base of the controller with your other hand, as shown in the second image of this step. Squeezing will make the clips easier to release and help prevent them from breaking. To aid in removing the saucer cover, squeeze the base of the controller with your other hand, as shown in the second image of this step. Squeezing will make the clips easier to release and help prevent them from breaking.
    • Carefully pull away the bottom saucer cover with your hand.

    • To aid in removing the saucer cover, squeeze the base of the controller with your other hand, as shown in the second image of this step. Squeezing will make the clips easier to release and help prevent them from breaking.

    I found the re-assembly of this difficult until I concentrated on two areas - the lugs which go into the handle first, then the central ring. My earlier concern was for the optical sensors on the wings but these snapped into place easily as the central ring was manoeuvred.

    Doug - Contestar

  5. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.
    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two black 5.2mm screws on the back gray panel.

  6. Turn over the Vive controller so that the exposed bottom saucer panel is facing up.
    • Turn over the Vive controller so that the exposed bottom saucer panel is facing up.

    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the three black 5.2mm screws.

    Leave the middle screw where it is (the one being unscrewed in the picture). That screw holds the two halves of the photodiode assembly together, not the case.

    trevorsklar - Contestar

    five screws… two at bottom

    andrew sauter - Contestar

    I concur with trevosklar, don’t need to remove center screw to remove front panel (pad cover).

    Rocko the fixit cat - Contestar

  7. Use the nylon spudger to separate the front panel gently by running the spudger around the edges of the handle. Only separate the front panel around the edges. Do not try to completely remove the panel yet.
    • Use the nylon spudger to separate the front panel gently by running the spudger around the edges of the handle.

    • Only separate the front panel around the edges. Do not try to completely remove the panel yet.

    • Gently lift the right side of the panel to the left.

  8. Disconnect the upper ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon up and  away from the motherboard with two fingers.
    • Disconnect the upper ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

    • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

    You do not have to remove the ribbon cables from the plugs…you can carefully work the battery holder around them and remove it…being very gentle. And the black part of the handle will stay attached to the cables and be in the way. But removing the cables does make it easier to access the area for the battery, just not completely necessary.

    controll - Contestar

  9. Disconnect the middle ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard with two fingers. Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.
    • Disconnect the middle ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard with two fingers.

    • Do not try to disconnect the ribbon cables from the front panel.

    where can one buy the ribbon cable.

    Luigi Munoz - Contestar

  10. Use the nylon spudger to lift  the white tab by 90 degrees. Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers. Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers.
    • Use the nylon spudger to lift the white tab by 90 degrees.

    • Disconnect the bottom ribbon cable gently by pulling the ribbon cable down with two fingers.

    Hallo what is the name of this conector because i Broker it

    Happy Forscher - Contestar

  11. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove two black 2.8mm screws from the silver plate. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the bottom right corner of the silver plate.
    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove two black 2.8mm screws from the silver plate.

    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the bottom right corner of the silver plate.

  12. Remove the silver plate by pinching it with two fingers and lifting up.
    • Remove the silver plate by pinching it with two fingers and lifting up.

    There is no plate on mine, only tape covering it.

    tamgoddess - Contestar

    I found this to be true of mine as well (purchased 2018).

    Renjamin - Contestar

    Same with mine, also purchased 2018. It seems the silver plate part can be skipped for later models.

    Slendy Nerd - Contestar

  13. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the top left of the battery frame.
    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the black 5.8mm screw from the top left of the battery frame.

  14. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame.
    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the battery frame.

    On my controller these were Philips 000 5.8mm screws, the same as in the previous step.

    Daan Steenmeijer - Contestar

    Second the above with a slight correction. Phillips 00.

    tamgoddess - Contestar

    I also needed the Philips 000 for steps 11 - 14. Controller purchased in 2018.

    Renjamin - Contestar

  15. Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up. Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up.
    • Disconnect the three-pin cable gently by pinching the cable with two fingers and pulling up.

  16. Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller
    • Lift the battery frame to remove the battery from the Vive controller

    Suddenly, here the electronics of the saucer are gone, but there’s no previous step mentioning its removal. This is kind of important because loosening the ribbon cables attaching it to the mainboard is a bit finicky.

    Olav Reinert - Contestar

  17. Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the top of the motherboard.
    • Use the Phillips 00 screwdriver to remove the two black 5.8mm screws from the top of the motherboard.

    These should be the silver screws not the black screws

    Thomas Edwards - Contestar

    Yeah, I think he switched the bottom battery screws with these in a previous disassembly. (see my comment at step 14) I’m opening mine for the first time since new purchase and the motherboard has 4 T5 screws.

    Daan Steenmeijer - Contestar

  18. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard. Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard.
    • Use the T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two silver 4.2mm screws from the bottom of the motherboard.

  19. Use the nylon spudger to rotate the black tab up by 90 degrees. Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger. Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger.
    • Use the nylon spudger to rotate the black tab up by 90 degrees.

    • Disconnect the ribbon cable carefully with your finger.

  20. Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands. Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands. Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands.
    • Lift the motherboard up and out of the Vive controller using your hands.

    what is the benefit of the rectangular silver steel or ironic metal ,that iside the htc vive hand controller.?????

    is it to solve some issus with the Mpu6500 sensor ??

    or related to get rid of interferrences ??

    the rectanguler metal piece is near to the mother board and the battery in the following image :-

    https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/ig...

    Thanks in advance!

    Moatazzu993 - Contestar

    I believe it’s just a weight to help balance the controller by shifting the center of gravity closer to the rear/bottom end. It doesn’t connect to anything, and the board has its own shield. So, just a slab of metal.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    Awesome THANKS. … uh … where do I get another motherboard? DoH!

    John Crocco - Contestar

Conclusión

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

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Hi, do you know where I can get a new motherboard? I bought my controller second hand and after several months it stoppedworking…. when I took it apart the connection at the bottom has been removed and two wires soldered in place but it’s so small I can’t do it again so I need a new motherboard

thanks

nick.bentley.france - Contestar

I am looking for the connetor at step 10. The top of the connector is broken (fail quality assurence). I am not interrested to purchase a new controler at 200$ because of a 2 cents connector.

Thank you

Yahveh Me - Contestar

I had the same connector problem in step 10, where can I just buy the mother board

Adam Vosburgh -

did either of you find the connector for the power button to mother board in step 10

stang98kjg -

what plug is the for the bottom of the mother board for the main button looking to replace in step 10

angeloro - Contestar

I’m have a problem with step 10 too)

where I can buy new motherboard or how I can fix this ?

my connector in step 10 was broken

Folomieiev - Contestar

Thanksgiving, bu I think I’ll just get a new one.

Chunkiest Boy - Contestar

Thanks*………..

Chunkiest Boy - Contestar

Where can i get controller motherboard, just had a problem on mine. HELP. thanks

jozell Castillo - Contestar

Another broken step 10 conector here

Nicolás Victorero Mier - Contestar

Hello.

Where can I find motherboard repair instructions? First the tracking had dropouts, then the controller completely and permanently lost the pairing.

This is the second controller where this has happened.

That must be a lack of series. So someone has to know the reason. Has nobody really solved this problem with soldering iron etc.? Or do professionals keep the cause of the error secret (greed)?

Unfortunately there are only disassembly instructions on this website.

But no real repair instructions. Details of the real cause of the error.

Maybe it helps to bake the motherboard at a certain temperature?

Tobias Claren - Contestar

yup. went to fix the thumb pad and while disassembling it was that part in step 10 that killed the board. cheap mirco connector, pulled the tape off and the %#*@ thing came with it… would suggest going to a computer repair shop and they can tin on the connector or wire around it.

adam seekell - Contestar

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