PlayStation 3 Teardown
Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
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This is a teardown of an original launch 60GB PlayStation 3 system. One of the best units out there that had backwards compatibility and the card readers. Sadly this unit has a GPU a problem so it's broken.
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READ THIS ENTIRE STEP AND THE NEXT ONE BEFORE PROCEEDING. Locate the two locking tabs on the back of the PS3. Push them in simultaneously and lift the outer plastic shell off of the main board but BE CAREFUL as there is a ribbon cable connecting the shell to other hardware.
Ribbon cables are very fragile. Take care when removing or inserting ribbon cables.
Flip the main board over.
Lift (or pry with fingers) the heat sink straight off of the mainboard and processors.
Force will be required as the thermal paste "glues" the heat sink to the processor.
Note: If new thermal paste is readily available, clean the old paste off well and apply new thermal paste at the time of reassembly. If new thermal paste is not available or you are cheap, do not disturb the "old" thermal paste.