PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement

Replace your PlayStation 3 Slim's fried motherboard.

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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Edit Step 1 Top Cover  ¶ 

  • Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

  • Carefully peel the warranty sticker up off the lower case to reveal a hidden screw cover.

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

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a metal spudger to pry up the seven screw covers around the edge of the lower case.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven 37 mm Phillips screws securing the top cover to the lower case.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 13.3 mm T8 security Torx screws beneath the Blu-ray drive opening. (Some models may only have three screws)

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  • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

  • Lift the top cover off the PS3.

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Edit Step 6 Power Supply  ¶ 

  • Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Pull the DC-Out cables straight up to lift their connector up and out of its socket on the power supply.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 7.6 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the lower case.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Lift the power supply upward from its left edge as viewed from the front of the PS3.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Continue to lift the left edge of the power supply until it lifts off the two metal posts shown in the second picture.

  • Remove the power supply from the PS3, minding any cables that may get caught.

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Edit Step 11 Blu-ray Disc Drive  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the movable retaining flap, not the socket itself.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.

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  • Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 9.5 mm Phillips screw securing the Blu-ray drive to the lower case.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • 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.

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Edit Step 17 Motherboard Assembly  ¶ 

  • Pull the AC-In cables upward to remove the AC inlet from the lower case.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Pull the control board ribbon cable up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the control board.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pop up the small access door on the bottom cover near the front of the PS3.

  • Remove the blue Phillips screw hidden under the access door.

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Slide the hard drive bay cover toward the right side of the lower case, then pull it away from the front edge to remove it from the PS3.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the following five screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

    • Two silver 6 mm Phillips

    • Three black 8 mm Phillips

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Lift the motherboard assembly from its front edge and remove it from the lower case, minding the antenna cable still attached to the lower case.

  • Be careful not to bend the metal antenna bodies as you lift the motherboard assembly.

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Edit Step 25 Top Shield Assembly  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the DC-In and Blu-ray power cables from the motherboard.

  • Pull the cables straight upward to lift the connectors up and out of their sockets on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Pull the fan cables straight up to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Remove the following nine screws holding the motherboard assembly together:

    • Four 14.8 mm shouldered Phillips

    • Five 9.5 mm Phillips

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Remove the two heat sink clamps from the bottom of the motherboard assembly.

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • If necessary, gently pry the motherboard off the top shield near the heat sink and its shroud.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Gently press the board away from the top shield assembly near the fan connector and the corner of the board near the wireless sockets.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Lift the top shield assembly off the motherboard from its front edge.

  • Be careful not to damage the sockets as you rotate the top shield assembly away from the motherboard.

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Edit Step 32 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the motherboard off the bottom shield.

  • Handle the motherboard by its edges.

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • 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.

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

For more information, check out the PlayStation 3 Slim device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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Phillips #1 Screwdriver

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Comments Comments are onturn off

The most hardest thing of taking consoles apart is putting them back together. I strongly suggest you guys to explain with details on putting it back together. It might be easy to you all but there are people that rather read a few pages than completely $!$@ up the system console.

DAGO5, · Reply

Its 4 screws beneath the blu-ray

Manuel, · Reply

Remove the four 13.3 mm T8 security Torx screws beneath the Blu-ray drive opening.

Daniel Tlapa, · Reply

Can we edit this to say 4 screws?

revanantwraith, · Reply

I made the change from three to four screws, but you're able to edit the guides as well. If you want to edit something, you can click the Edit link on the right side of any guide step, or the Edit link at the top right of the page (sandwiched in-between View and History).

Taylor Arnicar,

Do you guys have a guide for the PS3 Slim Model 3001A. The fan is different than this model.

emknight04, · Reply

3001a is basically same motherboard but cheaper plastic bd drive other than that its exactly the same until you get to the new slim line

Robert,

Anyone know an online retailer with a competitive price for the replacement fan?

Jared, · Reply

You have to be very very careful on this step as the connector is very fragile. One wrong move and you can end up with a ripped off connector which wont be repairable.

Source: Followed this guide and ripped off the connector from my PS3

Jatinder Singh, · Reply

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