Introduction

The HTC Vive's camera may send distorted or inaccurate images to the Vive. This guide will show you how to replace the Vive's camera.

  1. Slide the HTC panel covering the cables forward, away from the Vive.
    • Slide the HTC panel covering the cables forward, away from the Vive.

    • Gently pull on each of the four connectors to remove the sound and Three-in-One cables.

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  2. Undo the hook and loop tape on the straps.
    • Undo the hook and loop tape on the straps.

    • Slide the ends of the straps through the hinge loops.

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    • Pull the facerest cushion off away from the Vive, separating the hook and loop tape.

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    • Use a T6 Torx Screwdriver to remove either of the two 12mm hinge screws holding the two hinges in place.

    • Allow the hinge to fall away once the screw is removed.

    • Repeat for the opposite side.

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    • Slide the plastic facerest away from the device.

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    • Orient the Vive so that the camera is facing towards you and the connector ports are facing upwards, as in the photos.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry up the left side of the outer sheath.

    • If the left sheath is glued down, slide your plastic opening tool along the middle seam to break the bond.

    • Slide the left side of the sheath outwards.

    PSA: There are four screws you need to remove that are covered with small black stickers (two on top, two on bottom)

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    Holy cow. Thank you for adding this comment Oscar. I was just about to break it.

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    • Slide a plastic opening tool underneath the right side of the sheath to remove any remaining glue.

    • Using the plastic opening tool, pry the right side of the sheath upwards slightly.

    • Using your hands, slide the right side of the sheath outwards.

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    • Remove the five 4mm Philips #00 screws holding the sensor array to the motherboard.

    • Remove the two 4mm Philips #00 screws holding the sensor array to the midframe.

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    • Using a pair of ESD safe tweezers, gently pull the four ribbon cables out horizontally from the sensor array.

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    • Be careful not to lift the sensor array too far from the rest of the device because the camera ribbon cable may tear.

    • Lift the sensor array away from the rest of the Vive until the camera cable tugs back and hold it in place.

    • The camera ribbon cable must be pulled out of its socket vertically, as opposed to all other ribbon cables which slide out horizontally.

    • Disconnect the camera by lifting its ribbon cable up and away from the motherboard using a pair of ESD safe tweezers.

    • Lift the sensor array upwards away from the motherboard to separate the array from the device fully.

    Sure, but how do you get a replacement array?

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    • Flip the sensor array over 180 degrees.

    • Using tweezers, move the copper tape covering the camera to the side so you can see the screws holding the camera.

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    • Remove the two 2mm #00 Philips screws securing the camera.

    • Use tweezers to pull the now freed camera from its slot.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Do you know where I can buy a replacement camera? Mine seems to be dead.

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