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Use this guide to replace the motherboard in your Steam Deck.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your Steam Deck. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the device.

These steps only describe how to physically remove and replace your console’s motherboard. You may need additional software tools and calibration procedures to get the replacement motherboard to function as intended.

    • To minimize risk of damage, turn on your Steam Deck and allow the battery to discharge below 25% before starting your repairs. A charged lithium-ion battery can be very dangerous if accidentally punctured.

    • Before starting this guide, power down your Steam Deck and unplug any cables.

    • As an extra precaution, Valve recommends putting your Steam Deck into battery storage mode within the BIOS before starting any internal repairs. Read how to do that here.

    • If you have a microSD card installed, make sure to remove it before opening the Steam Deck.

    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the eight screws securing the back cover:

    • Four 9.5 mm screws

    • Four 5.8 mm screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your Steam Deck.

  1. Insert an opening pick into the thin gap between the back cover and the front shell, along the edge of the right grip. Pry up on the back cover to release it from the locking clips.
    • Insert an opening pick into the thin gap between the back cover and the front shell, along the edge of the right grip.

    • Pry up on the back cover to release it from the locking clips.

  2. Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest disconnect easily. Grip the back cover at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the device to unclip the long edges. Remove the back cover.
    • Once the clips are disconnected from one edge, the rest disconnect easily.

    • Grip the back cover at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the device to unclip the long edges.

    • Remove the back cover.

  3. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the piece of foil tape covering the hidden screw on the board shield. If possible, try not to rip or tear this tape so it can be reused. If necessary, you can fashion a replacement by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape to fit.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the piece of foil tape covering the hidden screw on the board shield.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this tape so it can be reused. If necessary, you can fashion a replacement by cutting a piece of aluminum foil tape to fit.

  4. Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

  5. Remove the board shield. During reassembly, ensure that the fan cable lays on the side of the board shield and isn't pinched underneath.
  6. Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it. Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it. Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

  7. Use a Phillips driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the SSD.
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the SSD.

  8. With the SSD screw removed, the SSD will pop up at a shallow angle. Grip the end of the SSD and pull it away from its M.2 board connector to remove it.
    • With the SSD screw removed, the SSD will pop up at a shallow angle.

    • Grip the end of the SSD and pull it away from its M.2 board connector to remove it.

    • During reassembly, insert the SSD at a shallow angle into its board connector, and secure it back into its horizontal position with the SSD screw.

  9. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker from the top edge of the fan. If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive. If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker from the top edge of the fan.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  10. Use a Phillips driver to loosen and remove the two screws securing the heatsink to the motherboard:
    • Use a Phillips driver to loosen and remove the two screws securing the heatsink to the motherboard:

    • One captive 3.5 mm screw

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • No, your eyes don't deceive you! The third heatsink screw was removed earlier in the disassembly: it doubles as the hidden board shield screw.

  11. Lift and remove the heatsink. Before reinstalling the heatsink, follow this guide to clean the heatsink and APU and reapply thermal paste. Before reinstalling the heatsink, follow this guide to clean the heatsink and APU and reapply thermal paste.
    • Lift and remove the heatsink.

    • Before reinstalling the heatsink, follow this guide to clean the heatsink and APU and reapply thermal paste.

  12. Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the fan connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Pull the fan cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the fan connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the fan cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  13. Use a pair of tweezers to peel up and remove the Wi-Fi shield tape. If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive. If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel up and remove the Wi-Fi shield tape.

    • If possible, try not to rip or tear this sticker so it can be reused. Use a little bit of heat if necessary to soften the adhesive.

  14. Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the speaker connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Pull the speaker cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the edges of the speaker connector and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Pull the speaker cable by its connector, not the wires themselves.

  15. Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base. Pull straight up to disconnect the cable. Repeat for the second antenna cable.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the antenna connector close to its base.

    • Pull straight up to disconnect the cable.

    • Repeat for the second antenna cable.

    • During reassembly, ensure that both antenna cables are reconnected at their appropriate connectors. The labels on the cables match the markings on the Wi-Fi module.

    • To reconnect each cable, align the connector directly over its socket, and then press down so it snaps into place.

  16. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector. Grip the cable by the pull tab, not by the cable itself.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the display cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  17. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the audio cable's ZIF connector.

  18. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector. Grip the cable by its pull tab, not by the cable itself.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by its pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  19. Carefully peel the audio cable off of the battery. The audio cable is secured to the battery with some light adhesive. If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the audio cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.
    • Carefully peel the audio cable off of the battery.

    • The audio cable is secured to the battery with some light adhesive.

    • If the adhesive is stubborn, don't force the cable. Lightly heat the audio cable using an iOpener or a hair dryer to soften the adhesive.

  20. Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board cable's ZIF connector. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector. Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board cable's ZIF connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cable out of its connector.

    • Grip the cable by the blue pull tab, not by the cable itself.

  21. Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws securing the motherboard.
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 3.7 mm screws securing the motherboard.

  22. Remove the motherboard. The audio and button board cables attach to the underside of the motherboard with ZIF connectors. The audio and button board cables attach to the underside of the motherboard with ZIF connectors.
    • Remove the motherboard.

    • The audio and button board cables attach to the underside of the motherboard with ZIF connectors.

结论

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Steam Deck answers community for help.

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