06-18-2009 07:49 PM
UPDATE: June 18, 2009
Hello, I searched the forums for a while and didn't find a tutorial on how to disassemble and reassemble the SixAxis and Dual Shock 3 controllers so I figured I'd make one. I tried to be detailed about it and if you're slightly electronic savvy you can just use the pictures. For all of the newbies I have written a detailed set of instructions to go along with the pictures. Please be sure to follow them and read anything marked in green. The entire tear-down and rebuild shouldn't take you that long (less than an hour, maybe 30 min if you know what you're doing).
Make sure it is a small screwdriver (Phillips head). The screws in these controllers are not as delicate as the ones holding the HDD, but the plastic they are housed in can be 'sticky' . Also be sure that the screwdriver is not magnetic!
Screwdrivers that are magnetized are OK.
If you have a suitable screwdriver that is not magnetized and you would like it to be simply find a magnet (medium size works best)and let the magnet hold the tip of screwdriver for about 30 sec-1min. Viola! you now have a magnetically charged screwdriver that is safe for use with electronics. A magnetic screwdriver is much more powerful than a magnetized one and can easily damage components near it.
I recommend an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) band for the safest possible handling on the controller parts. Remember there are components inside the controller which are meant to carry electricity, but only a certain amount and balance. ESD discharges are very, very powerful (high voltage) well over 10,000 volts . These discharges may look cute and harmless, but to most consumer electronics ESD is a deadly accident.
This was the first of the PS3 controllers. Sony claimed that the Dual Shock was "last generation technology" and "there is no room for Rumble capabilities inside the controller" (So much for that).
3. Press firmly on the bottom half of the controller part as shown in the picture.
4. With the halves separated disconnect the Li-Ion battery.
5. Remove the screw as indicated in the picture.
6. Remove the main-board and L2/R2 brackets as one unit (remove them all together).
7. Now we will remove the springs and R2/L2 buttons.
8. Push the pin/hinge out from either side( I pushed mine out from the outside first). BE CAREFUL OF THE RIBBON BOARD!!!
9. Place the R2/L2 button so that it aligns roughly with all the slots as shown. Then, seat the spring in it's original location(you can use the other side too, if you like).
10. Slide the pin into the first two slots, and just partly through R2/L2 slot.
12. Remove the main-board from it's bracket by using the rod as indicated in the picture, but just take it off the rod. DO NOT TRY TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY OFF THE BRACKET. Minimal contact.
15. Take off the mediums, LED light bridge, and L1/R1 buttons as indicated in the picture.
16. Take out the buttons, d-pad, PS button, and d-pad arm thingy.
17. TEAR DOWN COMPLETE!
18. Put the buttons back into the face of the controller as well as the LED light bridge.
19. Install the mediums and L1/R1 buttons.
20. Reinstall SixAxis chip into it's slot on the ribbon board bracket and reconnect it to the main-board.
21. Reconnect the ribbon board to the main-board.
22. Install the main-board to the bracket and tighten the screw (lightly tighten).
23. Install the shoulder brackets into the case slots.
24. Install battery connector.
25. Install mid-covers.
26. Install reset button extension.
27. Install other case half gently starting with the top side first.
28. Snap the clip in.
29. Reinstall the 5 case screws and be sure to tighten gently.
30. REBUILD COMPLETE!
Fix your DS3/SixAxis-Boomer since 2,736
12-11-2008 10:46 PM
12-11-2008 10:55 PM
i was about to do some thing like this, but specifically about the spring action of the L2/R2 buttons. the R2 button on mine was becoming more softer compared to the L2. all the driving and shooter games does that.
12-12-2008 12:01 AM
12-12-2008 01:16 AM
what about the joysticks, they stay on the board? I ask because thats the problem with my sixaxis's, both of their analog sticks get stuck to the sides front and back alot. I also read that the playstation analog sticks rotate on small diameter center for more speed in moving but the controllers wear down more because of it where as the other consoles controller has larger diameter which isnt as responsive but lasts alot longer.
I took one of my controllers apart the other day to try and fix the "Sticking" problem. Unfortunantly they are thier own seperate unit attached to the board so if your controller starts sticking well its about time to get a new one from what I have seen. no way in and no way to fix. I am trying a test to see if reseting a controller and pairing it to the PS3 will fix this problem, but as of right now not sure. Wish they were like the PS2 controllers and would reset to the position they were powered on in...