Introduction

Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3's black plastic lower case.

  1. Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.
    • 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. Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

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

    • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

    • Remove the following seven screws:

      • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

      • One 30 mm Phillips screw

    • 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.

    • Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Pull the control board ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • 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.

    • Remove the following eight screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

      • Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

      • One 30 mm Phillips screw

    • Remove the control board bracket.

    • 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.

    • Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

    • Lower case remains.

Conclusion

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

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