Is there a way to replace only the control board data cable?
When reassembling the ps3 my brother made the stupid mistake of bending the cable connecting the power control board to the motherboard. This caused some of the data cable's wires (toward the motherboard end) to be severed right where it's coming out of the plastic socket.
If I were to buy a Sony PlayStation 3 Models A, B, C, & E Control Board Data Cable, can I simply insert the data cable in the socket or would I have to remove the socket entirely and solder the wires directly to the motherboard?
I only ask because I notice it doesn't go into a latch like the other end does...
Do you mean THIS cable shown in STEPS 7 and 8 ? THIS part appears to be a push in cable so you shouldn't have to solder anything. The connector should be a ZIF socket (Zero Insertion Force) There is a little black/brown flap on the connector that needs to be lifted up carefully to release the cable on the control board. This is detailed in the guide. On the mother board it simply pulls straight up and out - refer THIS GUIDE - step 10
Just ensure you carefully remove any part of the old cable inside the connector before inserting the new one
Data Cable for the Power/Eject Board in the backwards compatible models of PlayStation 3 — Currently out of stock.