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Introduction

Use this guide to completely replace your motherboard. Before reattaching the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste.

  1. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Top Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  2. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a metal spudger to pry up the seven screw covers around the edge of the lower case.

  3. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the seven 37 mm Phillips screws securing the top cover to the lower case.

  4. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 13.3 mm T8 security Torx screws beneath the Blu-ray drive opening. (Some models may only have three screws)

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    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Lift the top cover off the PS3.

  6. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Power Supply: step 6, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Power Supply: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply.

  7. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the DC-Out cables straight up to lift their connector up and out of its socket on the power supply.

  8. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 7.6 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the lower case.

  9. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  11. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Blu-ray Disc Drive: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Blu-ray Disc Drive: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • If present, remove the pieces of tape securing the cables to the body of the Blu-ray drive.

  12. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  13. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the Blu-ray ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket.

  14. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the Blu-ray power cable straight up to lift its connector out of the socket on the Blu-ray drive.

  15. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

    • 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.

  17. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  19. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the control board ribbon cable up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

    • Remove the control board.

  20. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  21. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  22. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Using its attached metal handle, pull the hard drive out of its bay.

  23. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following five screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

    • Two silver 6 mm Phillips

    • Three black 8 mm Phillips

  24. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  25. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Top Shield Assembly: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  26. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the fan cables straight up to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  27. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following nine screws holding the motherboard assembly together:

    • Four 14.8 mm shouldered Phillips

    • Five 9.5 mm Phillips

  28. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two heat sink clamps from the bottom of the motherboard assembly.

  29. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  31. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  32. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift the motherboard off the bottom shield.

    • Handle the motherboard by its edges.

  33. PlayStation 3 Slim Motherboard Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • While holding the plastic retainer down against the board, use the tip of a spudger to pry the PRAM battery out of its housing.

    • Failure to hold the plastic retainer down during the prying process may result in it tearing off the motherboard.

    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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10 Comments

The most hardest thing of taking consoles apart is putting them back together. I strongly suggest you guys to explain with details on putting it back together. It might be easy to you all but there are people that rather read a few pages than completely $!$@ up the system console.

DAGO5 - Reply

I can easily open the console but I have no idea where to buy the motherboard from.

I live in Europe btw.

Eemil - Reply

do not force the fan cables out , my grey cable broke of and my power supply cable attached to the motherboard, make sure you take the whole white cable rapped with inselation tape to mae sure the chip doesnt brake off . good luck with it

ps rather let a trained professional do it .

windgat12 - Reply

my ps3 not work ,i toke my ps3 to a ingner he cannt fix it he tell me there is no electrsety in mother board even that replesment the power supply

can any one help me how can i fix it, and how much the motherboard cost ?

bn-Ali Abdorboo - Reply

Where we can buy new motherboard?

Sabu V.P - Reply

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