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Introduction

Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3's AC inlet.

  1. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

    • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

  2. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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    • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

  4. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

  5. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, Top Cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  6. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Remove the top cover.

    • There is a plastic hook located in a hole on the top back right hand side corner. Carefully push the plastic hook a bit front the rear of the machine with a spudger to release the rear right of the casing.

  7. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, Blu-ray Disc Drive: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

    • Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

  8. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the Blu-ray drive from the edge nearest the power supply and rotate it away from the chassis enough to access its ribbon cable.

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    • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

    • Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

    • If replacing the Blu-ray drive, transfer the power cable to your new drive.

  10. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the control board ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  11. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 12 mm Phillips screws securing the control board to the lower case.

    • Remove the control board and its attached cable from the PS3.

  12. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

    • Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  13. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the control board bracket.

  14. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive bay cover away from the lower case.

    • Remove the hard drive bay cover.

  15. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

  16. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement, AC Inlet: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 7.7 mm Phillips screw securing the ground strap to the chassis.

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    • Pull the AC-In cables slightly away from the rear cover for clearance to access the AC-In connector.

    • While depressing its locking mechanism, pull the AC-In connector out of its socket on the power supply.

  18. PlayStation 3 AC Inlet Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the AC inlet out from the bottom of the rear cover, minding any of its cables that may get caught.

Conclusion

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

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