The PlayStation 3 Slim is the second version of the PS3 video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released September 1, 2009.

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How can I fix a broken connector on the motherboard?

Hi Guys ,

While i was making a search i found yours website and i think it might help me to solve my issue.

While disassembling my PS3 slim fan i have done to much pressure on the 3 pin that connects to the mother board and i have broken it. My idea, since i am not very good at soldering, was to make an outside connection to the usb port? So, from the fan will go a straight usb cable to usb port but i'am not sure if this will work because i have seen that the fan should have 12 DC and the usb gives only 5 volt.

Any chance to make and internal connection to any other power source? Any idea or suggestion how can i put my fan back working?

Appreciated you help on this matter.

Thank a lot!

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Try to post an image of the broken connector. I would think that it might be important to evaluate what you have before you even attempt to tap another line. The connector might yet be the best bet to get it fixed.


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Time to start practicing your soldering or make a friend that can do it for you. The ps3 motherboard is more than one layer to compensate for the size constraints on such complex circuitry. There is a monitor for the fan which will prevent the system from powering on if does not detect it. You are welcome to trace the circuit to another point but its still going to come down to that line needing to be soldered. Try doing some simple soldering on a clean board or break apart an old cd player (something with a circuit board) that you don't want anymore. You can pick up equipment from radio shack if you dont have a local electronics shop or are not comfortable on No harm in trying it out on a piece of junk, and you don't need a $200 iron to get the job done.

It's easier to solder than you may think, just make sure you have a good space to work and remember that the iron gets very hot. Under no circumstance should you take voltage from another part of the board to compensate for a loss somewhere else, especially when the amperage is also part of power and not just voltage. The result could easily end up in the loss of a sensitive component.

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If you extract the ps3 board you can access under the connector that you broke. You will find 3 places to solder to. I tried to find someone who could re attach the connector above but no one wanted to do it. I tried Microplay in Ottawa Canada and no way. So I did a search on you tube and a guy shows you how to take the complete Ps3 apart then solder it run your wires and put it back together again. I am no good at soldering so I am having someone who use to do it all day for Nortel do it for me. Hope this helps.

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