Introduction

Use this guide to replace your heat sink. It is essential to apply a new layer of thermal paste during reassembly.

Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.
  • 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. Use the flat end of a metal spudger to pry up the seven screw covers around the edge of the lower case.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 -

pls help i have to tear down my ps3 slim but the 4 srews are very hard to take it out because there is a needle in the middle pls hep

Vincent Brabandt - Reply

If the screw has a pin in the center, that means it is a security Torx meant to prevent tampering. To remove this screw, follow the guide I have linked below...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Removing...

Telpack - Reply

Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3. 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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Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply. Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply.
  • Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply.

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Pull the DC-Out cables straight up to lift their connector up and out of its socket on the power supply.
  • Pull the DC-Out cables straight up to lift their connector up and out of its socket on the power supply.

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Remove the two 7.6 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the lower case.
  • Remove the two 7.6 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the lower case.

Question: if a screw doesn't come out, what do you recommend, without potentially damaging the system, inside and out?

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Lift the power supply upward from its left edge as viewed from the front of the PS3.
  • Lift the power supply upward from its left edge as viewed from the front of the PS3.

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Continue to lift the left edge of the power supply until it lifts off the two metal posts shown in the second picture. Remove the power supply from the PS3, minding any cables that may get caught.
  • Continue to lift the left edge of the power supply until it lifts off the two metal posts shown in the second picture.

  • Remove the power supply from the PS3, minding any cables that may get caught.

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If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive. If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.
  • If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.

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Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

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

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Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.
  • Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.

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Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.
  • Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.

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Remove the single 9.5 mm Phillips screw securing the Blu-ray drive to the lower case.
  • Remove the single 9.5 mm Phillips screw securing the Blu-ray drive to the lower case.

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Lift the Blu-ray drive slightly by its right edge to dislodge the control board from its housing. Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.
  • Lift the Blu-ray drive slightly by its right edge to dislodge the control board from its housing.

  • Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

  • After you reinstall the Blu-ray drive, be sure the control board is firmly seated in the lower case before proceeding.

  • If replacing the Blu-ray drive with a new drive, swap the circuit board from your old drive into the new drive.

my cd drive has 3 cables, two by the fan, one right under, i believe i damaged the one on the bottom because it is very difficult to put back in hence the repair. But the photos here dont show the 3 cables, not sure if you have one for this model?

Eduardo Cutino - Reply

I followed the steps and I successfully removed my disc drive the guide was helpful but I had issues and the ribbon cables on my replacement disc drive were too short after a soddering attempt failed I now need to rebut a disc drive can someone direct me to a proper replacement with the correct size I need it's a ps3 slim 120G please help

Nick - Reply

I popped a friends apart to see if I could put in mine, which won't stay online for more than 1minute 10 seconds. Plays DVDs fine. Anyway, his had 3 cables and mine only has 1. How do I know which DVD player to order?

ntdoc - Reply

Completely different drive in my slim. 3 ribbon cables on the back that pull straight up out of their connectors. And one wide ribbon hidden underneath and almost impossible to get to. After disconnecting the 3 visible cables lift the back of the drive about 3/4" and use a plastic spudger to release the clip on the cable before lifting off the drive. Reinstalling is a nightmare. The cable has a black line to indicate how far to insert into the connector. Get it in there somehow then use the spudger to push the clip down. If it's not level release it and try again and again and again until you get it right. Sony must use some awfully small fingers when they build these ;-)

jurquijo - Reply

I had the same issue with the ribon feeding beneath the blu ray player. This video provided a much better solution. It requires dissassembling the blu ray: https://youtu.be/Upy2bTev3M0

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Pull the AC-In cables upward to remove the AC inlet from the lower case.
  • Pull the AC-In cables upward to remove the AC inlet from the lower case.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the motherboard. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the motherboard.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the motherboard.

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

  • Remove the control board.

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Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.
  • Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

  • Use the flat edge of a metal spudger to pop up the small access door on the bottom cover near the front of the PS3.

  • Remove the blue Phillips screw hidden under the access door.

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Slide the hard drive bay cover toward the right side of the lower case, then pull it away from the front edge to remove it from the PS3.
  • Slide the hard drive bay cover toward the right side of the lower case, then pull it away from the front edge to remove it from the PS3.

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Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.
  • Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.

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

    • Two silver 6 mm Phillips

    • Three black 8 mm Phillips

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Lift the motherboard assembly from its front edge and remove it from the lower case, minding the antenna cable still attached to the lower case.
  • Lift the motherboard assembly from its front edge and remove it from the lower case, minding the antenna cable still attached to the lower case.

  • Be careful not to bend the metal antenna bodies as you lift the motherboard assembly.

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Disconnect the DC-In and Blu-ray power cables from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the DC-In and Blu-ray power cables from the motherboard.

  • Pull the cables straight upward to lift the connectors up and out of their sockets on the motherboard.

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Pull the fan cables straight up to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.
  • Pull the fan cables straight up to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

You have to be very very careful on this step as the connector is very fragile. One wrong move and you can end up with a ripped off connector which wont be repairable.

Source: Followed this guide and ripped off the connector from my PS3

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Remove the following nine screws holding the motherboard assembly together:
  • Remove the following nine screws holding the motherboard assembly together:

    • Four 14.8 mm shouldered Phillips

    • Five 9.5 mm Phillips

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Remove the two heat sink clamps from the bottom of the motherboard assembly.
  • Remove the two heat sink clamps from the bottom of the motherboard assembly.

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If necessary, gently pry the motherboard off the top shield near the heat sink and its shroud.
  • If necessary, gently pry the motherboard off the top shield near the heat sink and its shroud.

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Gently press the board away from the top shield assembly near the fan connector and the corner of the board near the wireless sockets. Gently press the board away from the top shield assembly near the fan connector and the corner of the board near the wireless sockets.
  • Gently press the board away from the top shield assembly near the fan connector and the corner of the board near the wireless sockets.

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Lift the top shield assembly off the motherboard from its front edge.
  • Lift the top shield assembly off the motherboard from its front edge.

  • Be careful not to damage the sockets as you rotate the top shield assembly away from the motherboard.

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Remove the two 9.5 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink.
  • Remove the two 9.5 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink.

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Remove the fan from the heat sink, minding the cables that may get caught on the fan shroud.
  • Remove the fan from the heat sink, minding the cables that may get caught on the fan shroud.

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Remove the four 9.5 mm Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the top shield.
  • Remove the four 9.5 mm Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the top shield.

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Lift the top shield off the heat sink.
  • Lift the top shield off the heat sink.

  • Before installing the heat sink onto the motherboard, it is essential to apply a new layer of thermal paste. This guide will show you how to do it.

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Conclusion

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

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