Repairing PlayStation 3 BluRay Laser

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Replace the BluRay Laser inside the PS3 Disc Drive

  • Author: KingArkon
  • Time required: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Use this guide to replace the laser from your PS3's Blu-Ray drive.

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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 Blu-ray Disc Drive  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

  • Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the Blu-ray drive from the edge nearest the power supply and rotate it away from the chassis enough to access its ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray 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 Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

  • If replacing the Blu-ray drive, transfer the power cable to your new drive.

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Edit Step 10 BluRay Laser  ¶ 

  • A2 ribbon cable was removed in Step 9 of the previous guide. Now remove ribbon cables A3, A4, A5 and A6 by using your fingernail to flip open the ribbon flaps.

  • With a Ph#00 screwdriver remove screws 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

  • Note that screws 11 & 13 are fastening a stabiliser on some models. These are pictured in the third photo in step 9, and you will need to recall their position for reassembly.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • With extreme caution move the BluRay control board in a flipping motion by moving the left side of the controller upwards levering towards the right. Keep the right side of the controller close to the BluRay drive as the red and black A7 cable is delicate.

  • Remove cable A7 which is the cable that links the PS3s disc drive eject detector to the control board.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove screws 14 and 15.

  • Part C is a stabilizer and grounding contact to help absorb movement while the Blu-ray drive is in use. This may be located in a different area of your drive as decided by the manufacturer. There may also be additional ones. Make sure when reassembling to put this stabiliser back in the same place as it is originally found even if it is not found in exactly the same location as this article. Failure to do so could result in disc scratching.

  • Remove the silver coloured drive cover.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove screws 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

  • Remove magnetic spindle D.

  • Remove top of drive being careful again not to damage the red and black cable.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove screws 21 and 22 and the brackets they hold in place.

  • Now remove bar E.

  • Unclip ribbon F.

  • Remove and replace Laser Assembly G with new Laser Assembly.

  • Follow this guide in reverse to reassemble.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • The KES-4000AAA laser is known to work with the following models: CECHE03, CECHA03, CECHC03, CECHG03, CECHB0 and CECHC03 but more varients accept the KES-400AAA laser assembly. Please contact the seller for more information. Generally older models with 4 usb ports accept the KES-4000AAA while the 2 usb models use the KES-410CA laser assembly.

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

Perhaps this guide can integrate the procedure for removing a stuck disc? Many YLOD units die with a disc in the drive and some repair service providers charge extra to remove it. What's worse, sometimes it is not your disc! I was going to send it to Sony for my repair except that the disc inside is rented and needs to be extracted right away. The repair providers who charge extra implied to me that they charge extra because the drive needs a disc reinserted if it is going to work again when booted up in a working PS3 (something about rails that would fall without a disc holding them up). I believe that they throw in a blank CD/DVD or one of those clear plastic separator discs that come in recordable disc cake-boxes on the top and bottom of the stack.

Julian Turner, · Reply

If you do these steps you will get to the disk and remove it easily

PS2 Dealer,

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:

ericksi33, · Reply

Thanks @ericksi33, this really helped me out.


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

Not all systems look like this, some have tape instead of the flap.

gatewaynomad, · Reply

Every system that I have seen has had the ZIF connector, while some had tape over the connection as well. If your connectors are taped, be sure to remove the tape, then proceed with undoing the ZIF connector.

Brett Hartt,

The version 2 systems baseboard PCB started switching to the new narrow 24 pin ZIF header/ribbon and Blu-Ray drive connection.

You should not attempt to detach the taped ribbon cable from the drive end first as described above for the older wide 60 pin ribbons. You must remove the drive and ribbon as one unit to protect the fragile ZIF sockets.

The slimmer fragile ribbon is taped to the drive housing to afford a more secure ZIF connection. The opposite base connection is slightly under the PSU.


shadetree, · Reply

From continued

One should firstly remove the PSU: Disconnect the drive power cable as described above. Unscrew the 5 (3-P1 2-P2) PSU mounting screws. Now leaving the power cables attached, lift the PSU off the power baseboard PCB pins and move over slightly to access the baseboard drive cable end ZIF. Release the ZIF latch and slide the entire (drive and ribbon) strait away from the baseboard ZIF to disconnect.

After the complete drive/ribbon removal, you can carefully remove the restraining tape on the bottom of the drive to release the ribbon ZIF, then remove the 24 pin ribbon from the drive logic PCB.

Install in reverse order making sure to add new tape to secure the ribbon to the drive.

shadetree, · Reply

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