So yesterday i received my counterfeit Wiimote in the mail. Having never owned a Wii, i was unsure of what exactly to expect. I promptly opened the package so i could feel the d-pad to feel if it was to my liking. It was not...
Regardless, i had my mind set on opening my fairly new GPD XD so i could at least move the button rubbers under the d-pad, which i suspected had become dislodged from where they belonged.
First i opened up the Wiimote to remove the parts i may want, and then i opened an old Nintendo DSI my ex had broken, to remove its internals that i may want.
Finally i embraced my beloved GPD XD, turned off its power and placed it onto the operation table.
I was a little intimidated by Beldandy561's warning on the tear down thread:http://boards.dingoonity.org/gpd-devices/teardown-of-gpd-xd-system-(blue-32gb)-and-my-thoughts/
In the end I again DO NOT RECOMMEND taking your unit apart as the internals are VERY FRAGILE and even with my 20yrs of engineering skills and micro modding portables experience, I still managed to damage minor stuff that i luckley could repair.
I've dissembled the Pandora, psp 1000, dsi and some other minor things. It was all done out of curiosity or for minor repairs. Maybe Beldandy561 tried disassembling his device drunk or something because i didn't think the GPD XD was too big of a deal.
I will agree that yeah the the plastic is fragile so if anyone else is thinking of pulling theirs apart, be gentle. i doubt the Nintendo 3ds and its variants would be any more sturdy to be honest though.
I happened to have an Iphone repair kit laying around:
and its little blue thing (not that stupid thing that looks like a Guitar pick) that's intended to ply the screen away from the iphone worked wonders for unclipping the clips on my XD.
Anyway, so despite not being particularly fond of the Wiimote's d-pad, i decided to trim its rubbers and install it anyway. After doing it the d-pad did feel more sturdy, but i actually preferred how it felt previously. Regardless i misplaced it and had to disassemble it again. Upon reassembly i recalled some other advice Beldandy561 had given:
I did have to take the unit apart about another 4 times, due to sticking x, y, a, b buttons after the initial teardown to minutely adjust the amount of preasure the main board screws were putting on the shell. I had them to tight and not enough breath room for the button membrain to bounce back up. after loosening equally all 8 screws to a mild hold but not firm or snug that solved that problem.
This is a big deal. I also had to do this. This was the reason my XD was reading an unpressed up direction press every time i'd go directly from left to right.
So in the end, yeah i've accepted the wiimote pad that i wasn't too impressed by, but only because the loosened screws fixed my issue. I'm not enthusiastic about having the thing apart, and since its now working right, why fix what's not broke, you know?