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Use this guide to replace the controller's motherboard. Completely replacing the board will require de-soldering the existing vibration motors and soldering them to the new board.

  1. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement, Rear Cover: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • Remove the five 7.2 mm Phillips screws securing the rear cover to the controller.

  2. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement: étape 2, image 1 de 1
    • Press on the rear cover between the analog sticks and slightly lift the lower edge of it away from the rest of the controller.

    Es ist nicht ganz eindeutig das zwischen den beiden Analog-Sticks gedrückt werden muss. Der gelbe Punkt fällt kaum auf. Ein Bild mit Daumen an dieser Stelle wäre gut oder soooo…

    Tom - Réponse

    it’s not very clear but for this step you need to push where the yellow dot is shown on the picture. it’s rather tough. you kind of have to move the whole back plate a bit for it to work.

    Brandon der Blatter - Réponse

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    • Push the rear cover slightly toward the top edge of the controller to clear the front edge of the #2 triggers.

    • Pull the rear cover away from the rest of the controller, being careful not to pop off the #2 triggers.

    • If you happen to accidentally pop off the trigger buttons, we have a trigger button guide to reattach them.

    the "trigger button guide" link links back to this page :o

    Alexander McMahon - Réponse

    I accidentally popped a trigger off, and both L1 and R1, because I skimmed and didn't read this step. Fortunately it's not hard. The tricky part with the triggers is that there's a little spring on them. You have to press the side of the spring that's pointing away from the trigger against the sloped surface of the controller (look at the other trigger for reference, if you only popped one off). Then you just slide the trigger on until the "handlebar" bits near the center click into place.

    briancaraher - Réponse

    The reset button – a small mostly-rectangular rubberized piece – fell out as I removed the rear cover. It covers the hole near the middle screw and has a post that presses SW1 on the motherboard.

    Fletcher Stern - Réponse

  4. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement, Battery: étape 4, image 1 de 1
    • Lift the battery off the motherboard for enough clearance to access the battery connector.

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    • Carefully pull the battery connector away from its socket on the motherboard.

    • It may be helpful to use a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the battery connector when you disconnect it for the first time. Only pull on the connector. Do not try to remove by pulling on the red and black wires.

    be careful with the connector, it was hard at the first time to take it away, i was close to break the wire

    Mugen - Réponse

    Where can I purchase an Input Board?

    Cody - Réponse

    To safely remove the connector, you can slide a thin screwdriver inside two slots that can be found on top of the connctor housing (the beige colored one), which allow you to push on the connector. Do this slowly, prying first through one slot, then through the other, until the connector is out. This will allow you to remove the connector without pulling by accident on the wires.

    Adriana Fulgenzi - Réponse

    Thanks Adriana. Good advice. My local battery replacement guy will not touch PS3 controllers.

    Arie van der Winden -

    Hi Adriana,

    I have to say, that tip really saved me. I was pulling on the wires (this is my first time doing this) and wasgoing nowhere.

    Thank you!

    Michael Vichiola -

    I highly, HIGHLY recommend that if anyone bought the protect toolkit, that they use the SIM bit as that is extremely helpful for this step!

    Michael Vichiola -

    Take note: The PS3 remote controller in this guide has some white plastic spacers shaped like ( and ) on the board which keep the battery from touching the chip. The PS3 remote controller I disassembled has no spacers on the board but rather the board has 6 holes - 4 small square corner alignment holes and two rectangular retaining holes. The battery was an LIP1472 but the battery pack casing had 4 alignment pins and 2 retaining tabs to fit into the board and hold the battery away from the chip. Why does it matter? It may or may not matter, however the fact that all designs include separation indicates that it might matter. Possible reasons are that the battery might touch the chip and cause electrostatic damage, the battery might touch the chip and not allow the chip to dissipate heat properly, or the battery might simply rattle a bit. I can not find any replacement batteries with pins and tabs. It may be necessary to create some standoffs from plastic similar to those shown above and attach to board.

    Warp9pnt9 - Réponse

    My controllers new battery (ordered from ifixit) doesn’t have connectors on it like my dead battery. Help?

    Michael Vichiola - Réponse

    Its literally completely flat (the battery)

    Michael Vichiola - Réponse

    What's the battery's voltage?

    Keith Wucherer - Réponse

    The battery is 3.7 voltage 610 mAH from Sony's LIP1359 battery. Max charging is 4.2 V and 0.4A, but I found a better one from Digikey. It is still required to modify the battery's connector.

    My new battery for the PS3 controller.

    Michael Marr -

  6. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: étape 6, image 1 de 1
    • Remove the single 7.2 mm Phillips screw securing the motherboard to the front cover.

    Most of the times, the only thing you need to repair to fix random key-presses is the soft plastic under the input-board connector to the motherboard.

    At step 6 just move the motherboard upwards and you'll be able to see the connector.

    Take the black soft-plastic-thing under it, and make it thicker with some tape. ( roll some tape around it 3-4 times - cut the tape properly so it can fit afterwards )

    Now put everything back.

    Random Presses are gone. Both of my controllers had this problem after a few hot summers and many hours of gameplay... both are fixed now.

    Nick Preveza - Réponse

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    • Slide the trigger button retainers slightly away from the front cover.

    • Remove the #1 button on both sides.

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    • Pull the vibration motor retainers away from the front cover to dislodge the motherboard assembly.

    It should be noted that my controller (Australian) has the motors mounted directly the the housing. Once the two retaining screws were removed each motor was connected to the motherboard assembly by the wires alone.

    Arthur N - Réponse

    Yes, my NA controllers were like this as well.

    geoff -

    My ~2012 EU controller (CECHZC2E) differs from this point as well. The entire white assembly comes out of the black shell by pressing in the latches on both sides of the vibration motors (you can see a small bit of white plastic stick out from under the black shell, that is where you press down).

    Martijn Storck - Réponse

  9. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement: étape 9, image 1 de 1
    • Remove the motherboard assembly from the front cover.

    • When removing the motherboard assembly, try not to tilt the front cover upside down as the buttons and their covers may fall out.

    On my controller the button contact filament stayed inside the controller housing. Concerningly this exposed the contact ribbon for the buttons and sticks against the back of the logic board. However, the rest of the service with without issue, and the controller worked fine. This controller had a gray battery inside of it, and was likely a 60GB launch controller.

    geoff - Réponse

  10. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement, Input Board: étape 10, image 1 de 2 DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement, Input Board: étape 10, image 2 de 2
    • Carefully push the two vibration motors out of the input board frame.

    I currently have some Controllers here (Modelno CECHZC2E A1 and CECHZC2E B1) where you have to press the motors upwards (to the analog sticks) to remove it from the frame but it seems that the wires are to short to so instead I unsolder both motors from the chip. In my opinion, this is also more convenient when you have to remove the main chip, because you would have been finished after Step 6.

    Sontha - Réponse

    My model CHECHZC2U doesn't allow enough room to pull the motors through. I found it easier to clip the wires and splice them back together later, rather than unsolder/solder them back onto the board.

    Scott - Réponse

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    • Lift the input board assembly off the motherboard.

    well is it meant to go off so easy so that why it is so stupid its just holding over the mainbord my controller dident charge or start so i removed the cover and lifter it a bit and i put it back and it works i mean who made it so it is free i mean something shuld hold it so it dosent happend to anyone like that happend to me -.- and that whas the problem well good controller i think desent good

    old foxy - Réponse

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    • Pull both analog stick covers straight up off their joystick posts attached to the motherboard.

    Plz post an article for replacing joystick in dualshock game controller.

    Wasim Akram - Réponse

  13. DualShock 3 Motherboard Replacement: étape 13, image 1 de 1
    • Use a soldering iron to de-solder both vibration motor wires from the motherboard.

    • Don't have too much experience with soldering? Check out our soldering guide for detailed instructions.

    • The positive (red) wire connects nearest the top of the motherboard.

    • When soldering on circuit boards, be sure not to overheat the connection as permanent damage may result.

    Andrew you really need to post where you can get the motherboards for the controller. You don't have it listed on parts. But the guide was useful!

    Blake Hannan - Réponse


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

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14 commentaires

Where can we buy one of these motherboards ?

Tom - Réponse

I’m looking for one myself. I can’t find one online.

Demon -

Do i have to take the vibration motors off?What if i have a replacement motherboard with vibration motors already on,can i just replace it with that one?

P.S.-Pretty new to fixing these remotes so i apologize if my questions may sound stupid.

Marco - Réponse

I'm not sure if anyone replied to your comment, but yes you can just use the new motherboard with the vibration devices already attached. It appears that some of the motherboards do not come with them already. If it doesn't then you would have to solder etc

Blake Hannan -

I have a dual shock 3 and my son accidentally drooled on it and it won't turn or anything, I had it brand new for 3 weeks, what do u think it is? Input board? Motherboard?

Ricky Canales - Réponse

Id just go buy a new one lol. The price you can pay for them now, used or whatever off of amazon EBay etc. you would probably save a headache not taking it apart

Blake Hannan -

My controller does not have a vibrating motor, so what kind of motherboard should i get to replace it?

Sami M - Réponse

A motherboard that does NOT have dualshock 3, that being said you MAY be able to use a dualshock 3 board if you remove the motors. Not sure if that will work though.

Joseph Gannon -

Nicely Done,

Images are Sharp and Good lighting.

Hopefully my torture proceeding with tear down

discovers why L2/R2 just flat out quit at the same time.

I'll update what solves it,,


Philscbx - Réponse

Darn, I came so close to perfection.

Get it back together less back cover, fire up assassins creed rogue,

battle at sea already in progress where I was forced to quit, and I have all cannon action buttons back, except R1.

The problem for sure is the circuit strip, bump contacts from one to the other.

Scratching the contacts bright was the trick, and can't figure why 1 button refuses contact.

Alcohol scrub 1st round was not enough, so 3rd tear down is starring at me,, lol.

Philscbx - Réponse

Hark, after 2 more tear downs,, he's just like new.

That darn flex strip is an issue.


I added a bit more padding under strip

to apply slightly more pressure to contacts

at the mating contacts on the board, and a bit

more deep scrub between those contacts, just in case

there was any trace of carbon tracking in narrow

space between them causing button drop out

of L2 / R2.


These contacts would be good to have a brass brush

handy to brighten them up..


Trimmed short tooh brush dipped in 5 drops of alcohol

was main tool scrubbing enrtire board surface.

then wiped dry . It was after this final scrub, that

it finally responded correct.


Thanks to those who showed great shots,

and great tips, before I dove into this project & adding padding I'm sure helped.


I took some decent photos of details,,

I'll have to solve how to get them on here,

being laptop just died.

Philscbx - Réponse

Does anyone have the size/measurements of the controller’s Motherboard? I’d like to have a Little fun replacing it…

Mark - Réponse

Is there a way I can find more details on how the analog face buttons (x, o, box, triangle) work? What ICs and Input sensors they have used?

nikil.ragav - Réponse

So on a DS3 you can’t pop open those teal colored “doors” and replace the analog sensors? Bummer.

the00brotherhood - Réponse

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