Introduction

Use this guide to remove the plastic top cover.

Image 1/1: Carefully peel the warranty sticker up off the lower case to reveal a hidden screw 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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  • 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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  • Remove the seven 37 mm Phillips screws securing the top cover to the lower case.

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

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

My PS3 had only three Torx screws. Having four in the diagram was initially confusing. Obviously they made a mid-stream change at some point (mine is several years old now).

corygbooker - Reply

I've accidentally removed the ribbon cable from the blu-Ray drive and can not seem to figure out how to reconnect it. Can anyone help?

OneIfByLand - Reply

Take the top off the drive, connect the ribbon to the motherboard then replace the drive sliding the ribbon through the slot on the bottom of the drive and reconnect to the laser.

KcXbox Repair -

Image 1/2: Lift the top cover off the PS3.
  • 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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Conclusion

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

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