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Introdução

Use this guide to replace the audio board on 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.

The audio board is home to the Steam Deck's headphone jack and volume buttons.

    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the shield screws: passo 5, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three screws securing the board shield:

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • Two 3.7 mm screws

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    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

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

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    • 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.

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    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up on the mic cable's white locking tab.

    • You should feel a small tactile bump once the connector unlocks.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the mic cable up and out of its connector.

    • With the connector properly unlocked, the mic cable should slide out with little to no resistance.

    • During reassembly, ensure that the locking tab is in its unlocked, lifted position before reinserting the mic cable. Press down on the tab to lock the cable in place.

  10. Steam Deck Audio Board Replacement, Remove the audio board screws: passo 11, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the two 3.7 mm screws securing the audio board.

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    • Use a pair of tweezers to grip the audio board by the headphone jack.

    • Pivot the board up and out of its recess to remove it.

Conclusão

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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3 comentários

When will the audio board be available? Currently the part isn't even listed.

Bónitz András - Responder

So glad that Steam made it easy for user to buy individual parts from a 3rd party, much more to iFix it. Can't wait to get my hands on this beast.

Sarah kai - Responder

Any chance of a photo of the underside of the audio board, I need to replace the headphone socket for a friend and can't tell which version to order so that i only have to take it apart once.

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