PlayStation 2 Disc Drive Replacement

Student-Created Guide

Student-Created Guide

An awesome student from our education program made this guide. It is not managed by iFixit staff.

  • Author: jwyoung
  • Time required: 60 to 75 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

In the need that you need to replace the entire disc drive, here's what you need to do. You may need to do a little eBay perusing first, but when you find that replacement, these steps will show you how to remove your old one.

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Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 over so it lays with the bottom of the device facing upwards.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pry the eight flat screw covers out.

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the top cover to the bottom case:

    • Four 55.4 mm Philips screws

    • Four 18.0 mm Phillips screws

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Some models have a different number of screws and feet. Remove all the feet and screws in the bottom of the case.

  • The 10 screw model has 6 screws in the bottom-most portion and 4 in the upper tray.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Peel the warranty sticker (located next to the main power switch) straight away from the case.

  • To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat it carefully to remove and replace it clean

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Flip the PlayStation 2 back to its original upside position.

  • Lift the top cover off the bottom case.

  • To facilitate the removal, it is recommended to pry open the half closer to the power switch first while rocking the top cover towards the front of the bottom case.

  • Carefully remove the power cord that attaches the top and bottom halves by disconnecting the power cord assembly from the bottom case.

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Edit Step 5 Power Board  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 6.4 mm black Phillips screws securing the optical disc drive to the bottom case.

  • Lift and remove the optical disc drive straight up out of the bottom case.

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  • Remove the two 14.6 mm gold-headed Phillips securing the controller ports to the bottom case.

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  • Gently lift the controller port board out of its recess within the bottom case.

  • Do not completely remove the controller port board. It is still attached via a ribbon cable.

  • Pull the controller port ribbon cable straight away from its socket on the controller port board.

  • Remove the controller port board out of the bottom case.

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  • Remove the two 14.6 mm gold Phillips screws securing the fan to the bottom case.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • If there is a device occupying the expansion bay, make sure to remove the device. The expansion base should be empty.

  • Pry and remove the expansion bay cover away from its posts on the bottom case.

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  • Lift the motherboard assembly from its front edge and remove it from the lower case.

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  • Now that all of that bulky plastic is out of the way, we can get to the fun stuff - electronics!

  • Remove the four 7.6 mm gold-head Phillips securing the power supply to the motherboard assembly.

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  • Lift the expansion bay cage up off the motherboard assembly.

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  • Do not remove the power board yet. It is still attached to the motherboard assembly via the power board connector (highlighted in the first picture), which is located next to the main power switch.

  • Carefully lift the power board. You should now see the power board connector attached to the power board.

  • Pull the power board connector straight to lift it out of its socket on the power board.

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Edit Step 14 Disc Drive  ¶ 

  • Underneath where the power supply once was is a transparent piece of plastic. This is the heat shield, and it can now be removed.

  • It can be a bit stubborn, so it may take a little finessing to get it free.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Now with the heat shield out of the way, you can see there are quite a few screws holding the rest in place.

  • Remove the following screws securing the metal chassis to the logic board:

    • Seven 5.8 mm Phillips silver screws.

    • Two 7.4 mm Phillips gold screws.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Unclip flaps, one on one side and two on the other, holding the disc drive together. The first two pictures display where the three flaps are. This is very tricky so take your time.

  • Carefully begin to lift out the disc drive.

  • Beware, there are ribbon cables still attached.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • There are four ribbon cables attached to the disc drive. Be careful not to rip any of them!

    • Remove the three blue ribbon cables and one orange ribbon cable by gently pulling on the blue plastic strips.

    • Carefully remove the orange ribbon cable from the laser by gently pulling on the white plastic strip.

  • Now the disc drive is free to be removed.

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

For more information, check out the PlayStation 2 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Before proceeding to step 2, Take a look at your PS2, some PS2's have 10 screws (and screw covers) instead of 8 (i found them underneath the optical drive), these instructions have mislead me and i ended up breaking my top cover for my PS2.

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