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Introduction

Follow this guide to desolder the motherboard from the vibration motors on a Sony DualSense controller.

This is a prerequisite-only guide! This guide is part of another procedure and is not meant to be used alone.

  1. Disconnect and power down your controller before you begin. Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-right corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.
    • Disconnect and power down your controller before you begin.

    • Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-right corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.

  2. Slide the opening pick along the lower-right edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case. Slide the opening pick along the lower-right edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case. Slide the opening pick along the lower-right edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.
    • Slide the opening pick along the lower-right edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.

  3. Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-left corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case. Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-left corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.
    • Insert an opening pick underneath the middle trim at the bottom-left corner of the controller to release the clips securing it to the case.

  4. Slide the opening pick along the lower-left edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case. Slide the opening pick along the lower-left edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case. Slide the opening pick along the lower-left edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.
    • Slide the opening pick along the lower-left edge of the middle trim to release the clips securing it to the case.

  5. Use your fingers to lift up the bottom edge of the middle trim to release the remaining clips. Lift the middle trim over the joysticks to remove it. Lift the middle trim over the joysticks to remove it.
    • Use your fingers to lift up the bottom edge of the middle trim to release the remaining clips.

    • Lift the middle trim over the joysticks to remove it.

  6. Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the L1 button. Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room. Pry upward to remove the L1 button.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the L1 button.

    • Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room.

    • Pry upward to remove the L1 button.

  7. Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the R1 button. Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room. Pry upward to remove the R1 button.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap above the R1 button.

    • Cover the button with your thumb to prevent it from ejecting across the room.

    • Pry upward to remove the R1 button.

  8. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws securing the bottom corners of the lower case. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws securing the bottom corners of the lower case.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws securing the bottom corners of the lower case.

  9. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws behind the L1 and R1 buttons. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws behind the L1 and R1 buttons.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two 6.4 mm screws behind the L1 and R1 buttons.

  10. Use the pointed edge of a spudger to unclip the two clips on either side of the headset jack. Use the pointed edge of a spudger to unclip the two clips on either side of the headset jack. Use the pointed edge of a spudger to unclip the two clips on either side of the headset jack.
    • Use the pointed edge of a spudger to unclip the two clips on either side of the headset jack.

  11. Remove the rear case. Remove the rear case.
    • Remove the rear case.

  12. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to disconnect the battery from the motherboard. Pull the battery wires by their connectors rather than the wires themselves.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to disconnect the battery from the motherboard.

    • Pull the battery wires by their connectors rather than the wires themselves.

  13. Lift the battery straight out of the battery bracket. Lift the battery straight out of the battery bracket.
    • Lift the battery straight out of the battery bracket.

  14. Grab the lower microphone ribbon cable pull tab with your fingers or a pair of tweezers and disconnect it from the motherboard. Grab the lower microphone ribbon cable pull tab with your fingers or a pair of tweezers and disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Grab the lower microphone ribbon cable pull tab with your fingers or a pair of tweezers and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  15. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.4 mm screw securing the battery bracket. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.4 mm screw securing the battery bracket.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.4 mm screw securing the battery bracket.

  16. Lift the battery bracket  off of the motherboard. Lift the battery bracket  off of the motherboard.
    • Lift the battery bracket off of the motherboard.

  17. Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.
    • Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.

  18. Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly. Remove the ribbon cable.
    • Grip the right trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly.

    • Remove the ribbon cable.

  19. Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.
    • Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Do not completely remove the ribbon cable yet.

  20. Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly. Remove the ribbon cable.
    • Grip the left trigger assembly ribbon cable pull tab with a pair of tweezers or your fingers, and pull up to disconnect it from the trigger assembly.

    • Remove the ribbon cable.

  21. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the upper microphone ribbon cable pull tab, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the upper microphone ribbon cable pull tab, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the upper microphone ribbon cable pull tab, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  22. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the touchpad ribbon cable pull tab, and pull it straight out of the motherboard connector. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the touchpad ribbon cable pull tab, and pull it straight out of the motherboard connector.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grip the touchpad ribbon cable pull tab, and pull it straight out of the motherboard connector.

  23. Carefully guide the joysticks through the front case and  lift the motherboard out. Do not completely remove the motherboard. There are four soldered wires tethering the motherboard to the vibrator motors. Do not completely remove the motherboard. There are four soldered wires tethering the motherboard to the vibrator motors.
    • Carefully guide the joysticks through the front case and lift the motherboard out.

    • Do not completely remove the motherboard. There are four soldered wires tethering the motherboard to the vibrator motors.

  24. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the speaker from the controller midframe. Be sure to reinstall the speaker in the correct orientation with the foam pad on the left side and the gold contact points on the right. Be sure to reinstall the speaker in the correct orientation with the foam pad on the left side and the gold contact points on the right.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove the speaker from the controller midframe.

    • Be sure to reinstall the speaker in the correct orientation with the foam pad on the left side and the gold contact points on the right.

  25. Flip over the controller and motherboard. Use a soldering iron to desolder the vibration motor wires from the motherboard: Two red wires
    • Flip over the controller and motherboard.

    • Use a soldering iron to desolder the vibration motor wires from the motherboard:

    • Two red wires

    • Two black wires

    • During reassembly, remember to solder the wires back into the same position. The red wires belong closest to the edge and next to the Rs on the motherboard.

  26. Separate the controller from the motherboard.
    • Separate the controller from the motherboard.

Conclusion

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

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