PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement
Replace your PlayStation 3 Slim's fried motherboard.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Difficult
Use this guide to completely replace your motherboard. Before reattaching the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste.
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- Top Cover 5 steps
- Power Supply 5 steps
- Blu-ray Disc Drive 6 steps
- Motherboard Assembly 8 steps
- Top Shield Assembly 7 steps
- Motherboard 2 steps
Lift the Blu-ray drive slightly by its right edge to dislodge the control board from its housing.
Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.
After you reinstall the Blu-ray drive, be sure the control board is firmly seated in the lower case before proceeding.
If replacing the Blu-ray drive with a new drive, swap the circuit board from your old drive into the new drive.
While holding the plastic retainer down against the board, use the tip of a spudger to pry the PRAM battery out of its housing.
Failure to hold the plastic retainer down during the prying process may result in it tearing off the motherboard.
Before installing the heat sink onto the motherboard, it is essential to apply a new layer of thermal paste. This guide will show you how to do it.