Author Topic: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial  (Read 7974 times)

I made one! Click here.

As a first time modder, I had a lot of trouble disassembling my zero and made a lot of mistakes. I didn't have a tutorial to help me, so I made one while I modded mine.

It took me a lot of trial and error to get here, but here it is.
Enjoy :D

Edit:
Disassembly tutorial: click here
Face buttons mod tutorial: click here
« Last Edit: August 07, 2014, 04:40:36 pm by cheesecake »

TheChristoph

Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 05:13:31 pm »
I'm having trouble understanding what you mean by this step:

"Since the plastic on the inner corners of the D-pad is so thick, there'll be no room to press anything unless you remove some of it. You'll want to halve the thickness of the plastic on the D-pad's inner corners, removing the top half."

And the picture you supplied to illustrate this is pretty blurry, so I'm having a hard time making out really what you're describing.

Is there any way you think you can re-state your intentions?

Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 11:00:24 pm »
Ok, I made some edits with a new picture, I hope it's more clear this time. Basically, this prevents the plastic on the inner corners from being so thick they're pressing on the membrane beneath.

RupeeClock

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2014, 11:41:26 pm »
This is totally the sort of thing I've been waiting for, since the d-pad is the key factor in limiting my enjoyment with the system, so thanks much.

Will there be a similar tutorial for face-button mods also? I'm interested in picking up those replacement face buttons and DMG d-pad.

Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2014, 01:08:54 am »
I only took pictures of the finished buttons for the face buttons mod, but the procedure is pretty straightforward. I could write something up sometime later.

RupeeClock

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 01:11:15 am »
I only took pictures of the finished buttons for the face buttons mod, but the procedure is pretty straightforward. I could write something up sometime later.

That would certainly be appreciated in any case.

Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2014, 03:47:07 am »
Ok, here it is. I'm not sure how understandable it is without pics, but I think you can pretty much guess what I'm trying to say.

Kouen Hasuki

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly and D-pad mod tutorial
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2014, 11:30:15 am »
I Edited the Wiki to make it easier to find the Hardware Modifications (your two tutorials)

Beerman1138

Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2014, 07:43:32 pm »
Thanks in advance for this.  My A button sticks almost every time it is pressed now, and I wasn't exactly looking forward to figuring out how to open it.  At least now I have some idea what I face. 

Noisepurge

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2014, 12:42:07 pm »
Thank you for the tutorial! i've ordered a Dpad replacement too and this will be very helpful :)

fosamax

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2014, 04:35:36 pm »
Hi everyone !

Here's my own tutorial for disassembling and modding the zero !




Modded GCW Zero


Remove the analog stick cover
Also remove the µSD.


Remove the 4 cover with a needle




Remove the 4 screws with a philips screwdriver (PH00)


Remove the back cover starting by L or R


Be carefull with the motor wires !


Remove the motor using the screwdriver


If you know how to solder, it's a good idea to add a JST connector to be able to plug/unplug the battery


I solder on the GCW side et used thermal shrink on the battery side


The switch


Push the switch cover from the inside using the screwdriver


Switch cover removed


Remove the L/R switch stand


First


Second
It's time to remove the remaining screws from the mobo.


Remove the gray border : up


And down
It is possible but not mandatory to deconnect the screen


Remove the screen only to fix the trouble with light showing through the white casing.


Black electric tape in place and cut


Buttons mod


Plastic cover used with sticky tape on it


LED covered with electric tape : 1 black layer on red led and 2 white layer on green led


Original D-pad


Still


and still


Original d-pad next to an unmodded black DMG d-pad


White modded d-pad from top


From bottom


From side




No more light visible behind the bezel



And the classic disclaimer :

Opening the zero is likely to void your warranty (if there's any). That hardware modification is really likely to ruin your device. I could not be held for responsible if anything goes wrong. In any case, use common sense and don't try it if your not able to solder or know someone who can fix it for you if anything goes wrong.

That being said, happy modding.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2014, 04:44:09 pm by fosamax »

Surkow

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2014, 05:13:06 pm »
Maybe you can contribute to the existing tutorial located at the wiki. Some pictures are clearer in my opinion.

fosamax

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2014, 05:43:34 pm »
As you can see, I cut the DMG d-pad a bit differently from the tutorial.

Feel free to use any of the pics for whatever you want.

Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2014, 08:43:10 pm »
Hi everyone !

Here's my own tutorial for disassembling and modding the zero !

(snip)

And the classic disclaimer :

Opening the zero is likely to void your warranty (if there's any). That hardware modification is really likely to ruin your device. I could not be held for responsible if anything goes wrong. In any case, use common sense and don't try it if your not able to solder or know someone who can fix it for you if anything goes wrong.

That being said, happy modding.

I've added some of your pics to the wiki. I saw your JST connector mod in the other thread and I have mine in shipping :D

DPA09

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Re: GCW Zero disassembly, D-pad mod, and face buttons mod tutorial
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2014, 04:56:19 pm »
Thanks for the info and pics - you're a helluva lot braver than me when it comes to taking apart the Zero.    :)

 

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