PlayStation 3 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Board Replacement

Replace your PS3's Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

Use this guide to replace the circuit board responsible for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Edit Step 1 Smart Plate  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

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Edit Step 5 Top Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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

  • Remove the top cover.

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Edit Step 7 Memory Card Reader  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 9 mm Phillips screws securing the memory card reader to the chassis.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the memory card reader out of the PS3 enough to access its cable.

  • Flip up the retaining flap on the memory card reader ribbon cable socket.

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

  • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

  • Remove the memory card reader from the PS3.

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Edit Step 9 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Board  ¶ 

  • If necessary, peel the memory card reader ribbon cable off the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector up from its socket on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ribbon cable socket.

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

  • Pull the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 9 mm Phillips screws securing the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board to the chassis.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth board from the PS3, minding any cables that may get caught.

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

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

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Comments Comments are onturn off

2 more smaller screws (don't know what size...small) just below the top middle screw and top right screw (in the picture). Look for the arrows...

E Goo, · Reply

after you remove the screws, you may have to push a tab to take the cover off if you meet resistance on one side of the cover. Here is a link to a video that explains it, saved me lots of trouble:

http://youtu.be/jZgekNsRB-A?t=1m54s

ericksi33, · Reply

Thanks @ericksi33, this really helped me out.

hogurt,

1st attempt, fan loud. Ps3 lasted about 2 wks. 2nd attempt noticed very poor contact between heatsink & cpu,gpu when taking it apart. Research - Found a better way to apply thermal past. I personally disapprove of guide on this. A small bit about the size of a grain of rice in center of cpu is plenty. Clamp the heat sinks back on. Then take it apart & check contact area. Thermal paste should have spread to about the size of a quarter.(more is better. Less then a nickel size is poor contact) possibly weak clamps. Carefully applied pressure onto the cpu & gpu, pressing them into the heatsinks before clamping heatsink clamps on. Achieved greater then quarter sized thermal past spread. Fan silent in comparison & ps3 lasted about a yr. Rarely did I ever hear the fan go to high and get loud after that. About to begin my third fix on this same ps3. One of the first 80g backwards compatible. other then those notes and that this guide was for a different model ps3 (minor differences) I liked this guide. easy to follow.

brettgomes, · Reply

Although the battery is described as proprietary, it looks like it is the common CR2032 lithium coin battery that is used in calculators and some computers. I haven't had to replace mine but I suspect under the heatshrink cover is a battery holder which will allow the coin battery to be removed and replaced. Then wrap with electrical tape and reinstall.

RickP, · Reply

it isn't necessary to disconnect this.

burkken, · Reply

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