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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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. Note: One of the feet is located under the sticker shown in the photo. Removing this sticker will void any warranty with Sony.
  • 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. Remove all six 4.0 mm screws from the base of the unit using a #1 Phillips screwdriver. Remove all six 4.0 mm screws from the base of the unit using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.
  • 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. Note: You may use your hands for additional force to separate the two pieces of the outer shell.
  • 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. Locate the fan at the front, left section of the unit.
  • 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. Peel off the sticker holding the power cords to the unit.
  • 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. Lift the connector from the motherboard with a pair of tweezers using a firm, upward force.
  • 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. Gently lift and remove the fan from its compartment.
  • 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.
  • 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. Lift the connector from the motherboard with a pair of tweezers using a firm, upward force.
  • 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. Gently lift and remove the battery from its compartment using a spudger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. Remove the four 4.0 mm screws using a #1 Phillips screwdriver.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Remove any tape fastening the cables to the motherboard and gently lift and remove the optical drive. Remove any tape fastening the cables to the motherboard and gently lift and remove the optical drive.
  • 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.
  • 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. Gently lift and remove the motherboard and chassis from the outer shell. Gently lift and remove the motherboard and chassis from the outer shell.
  • 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. Remove the screw on top and the four screws on the bottom with a #1 Phillips screwdriver.
  • 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. Gently separate the two metal plates from the motherboard. Gently separate the two metal plates from the motherboard.
  • 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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