1. Disconnect all cables from the console and flip the unit over to reveal its base.
    • Disconnect all cables from the console and flip the unit over to reveal its base.

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  2. Locate the 6 feet on the base of the unit. Pry them off using a spudger to reveal the screws.
    • Locate the 6 feet on the base of the unit. Pry them off using a spudger to reveal the screws.

    • Note: One of the feet is located under the sticker shown in the photo. Removing this sticker will void any warranty with Sony.

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    • Remove all six 4.0 mm screws from the base of the unit using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Starting at the corner at which the power and Ethernet ports are located, pry open the outer shell using a spudger and continue around the entire unit.

    • Note: You may use your hands for additional force to separate the two pieces of the outer shell.

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    • Locate the fan at the front, left section of the unit.

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    • Peel off the sticker holding the power cords to the unit.

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    • Lift the connector from the motherboard with a pair of tweezers using a firm, upward force.

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    • Remove all three 1.6 mm screws fastening the fan to the unit using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

    • Gently lift and remove the fan from its compartment.

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    • Locate the clock battery at the front, right section of the unit. The battery has a circular shape with red (+) and black (-) wires connecting to the motherboard.

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    • Lift the connector from the motherboard with a pair of tweezers using a firm, upward force.

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    • Gently lift and remove the battery from its compartment using a spudger.

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    • Locate the IR sensor at the front, right corner of the unit.

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    • Gently detach the ribbon cable connecting the IR sensor to the motherboard.

    • Caution: Always remove ribbon cables by the plastic handles located on either end. Gripping a ribbon cable anywhere but the provided handles can damage the cable and render the component useless.

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    • Gently lift and remove the IR Sensor from its designated slot.

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    • Locate the optical drive which occupies most of the space on the right side of the unit. It can be identified by the four screws with wide-diameter heads fastening the optical drive to the motherboard.

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    • Remove the four 4.0 mm screws using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Locate the three ribbon cables connecting the optical drive to the motherboard.

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    • Gently detach the ribbon cables from the motherboard using a pair of tweezers.

    • Note: The ribbon cable in the center must be unlocked by lifting up the black tab. Remember to push the tab down upon re-installation to secure the cable.

    • Caution: Always remove ribbon cables by the plastic handles located on each end. Gripping a ribbon cable anywhere but the provided handles can damage the cable and render the component useless.

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    • Remove any tape fastening the cables to the motherboard and gently lift and remove the optical drive.

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    • Remove the 2.4 mm screw located in between the controller ports using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Gently lift and remove the motherboard and chassis from the outer shell.

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    • There are a total of five 1.6 mm screws which mount the metal chassis to the motherboard.

    • Remove the screw on top and the four screws on the bottom with a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Gently separate the two metal plates from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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