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Introdução

Use this guide to replace the left button 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.

These steps only describe how to physically remove and replace your console’s button board. You may need additional software tools and calibration procedures to get the replacement board 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. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Unclip the back cover: passo 2, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Unclip the back cover: passo 2, imagem 2 %32
    • 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. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the back cover: passo 3, imagem 3 %32
    • 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. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: passo 4, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Uncover the hidden shield screw: passo 4, imagem 2 %32
    • 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 Left Button 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

  5. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the shield: passo 6, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the shield: passo 6, imagem 2 %32
  6. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 7, imagem 3 %32
    • Grip the battery cable by its pull tab and pull it directly away from the motherboard to disconnect it.

  7. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: passo 8, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Unclip the left trigger: passo 8, imagem 2 %32
    • The left trigger will be on your righthand side when working on the Steam Deck, as it's laying upside down.

    • The Steam Deck's triggers clip into place on two pegs on the trigger bracket, which doubles as the hinge.

    • Place the flat end of a spudger onto the inside edge of the trigger's left clip.

    • Pivot the trigger clip out, away, and up from the peg to unlatch it.

    • During reassembly, latch the outermost peg first. Once in place, push down on the trigger to latch the innermost peg, producing an audible "click" sound.

    • Check to make sure that the trigger spring is properly aligned. Test the trigger action before continuing reassembly.

  8. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the left trigger: passo 9, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the left trigger: passo 9, imagem 2 %32
    • Remove the left trigger.

    • Take care to not lose the trigger spring. It press-fits onto a peg on the trigger's underside.

  9. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket screws: passo 10, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the left trigger bracket.

  10. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the trigger bracket: passo 11, imagem 1 %32
    • Remove the left trigger bracket.

    • Replacement triggers require calibration to work as expected. To calibrate new triggers, follow this calibration guide.

  11. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 12, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 12, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left thumbstick: passo 12, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the thumbstick 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.

  12. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: passo 13, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the thumbstick screws: passo 13, imagem 2 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to remove the three 5.2 mm screws securing the thumbstick.

    • During reassembly, you may need to hold the Steam Deck off of the work surface so it isn't resting on the new thumbstick while you tighten down the screws.

  13. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: passo 14, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the left thumbstick: passo 14, imagem 2 %32
    • Remove the left thumbstick.

  14. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 15, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 15, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: passo 15, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the button board interconnect 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.

  15. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: passo 16, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: passo 16, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the remaining button board cables: passo 16, imagem 3 %32
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up the small locking flaps on the rest of the button board ZIF connectors. Use a pair of tweezers to slide the cables out of their connectors:

    • Disconnect the D-pad cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad board cable.

    • Disconnect the touchpad cable.

  16. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 17, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 17, imagem 2 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Disconnect the left haptics: passo 17, imagem 3 %32
    • Exercise caution when lifting this connector—pry up on the connector itself, not its housing.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to lift up on the haptics cable to disconnect it.

  17. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the button board screws: passo 18, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a Phillips driver to disconnect the four screws securing the left button board:

    • Three 5.2 mm screws

    • One 3.9 mm screw

  18. Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the button board: passo 19, imagem 1 %32 Steam Deck Left Button Board Replacement, Remove the button board: passo 19, imagem 2 %32
    • Remove the left button board.

    • Keep track of the Steam button and its membrane, as once the left button board is removed, they're no longer secured in place.

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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7 comentários

Is the button board available for purchase, or planned to be available for purchase? My steam deck took a tumble and busted the left bumper button that the bumper presses.

boop pert - Responder

I also have the same problem as boop pert.

I'd like to know if the board with be available as the Left Bumper is non functional now and needs to be replaced entirely.

Aaron Latta - Responder

Got the same problem, my steam deck fall and broke the L1 internal button , and as i see is attached to the left button board. Is there any ETA to have this part available ? Thanks !

Jordi Fernández - Responder

I have my L1 button not responding anymore. After checking, I could see that it comes from the board itself. I have the same question that above me.

Will this board be available for purchase soon? If not, do you think that valve will still replace it if I send to the after sales service? Thanks

Tarek Elmeskine - Responder

I ordered a replacement Left Bumper button because I thought that was the issue, but it turns out it was the left button board, sadly. I have figured out a temporary fix, but I rather replace the board myself than do another 1 month RMA. I would like to echo the question about having this available to order.

Rex Downham - Responder

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