Introduction

If you are having an issue with the motherboard (or any of its ports: HDMI, USB, etc.) and need to replace it, this is the guide for you. Be aware that any replacement or teardown beyond the hard drive voids the Sony warranty

Removing the motherboard separates the original thermal paste between the processor and the heat sink. Before you reassemble your device, reapply a new layer of thermal paste. Follow this guide to learn how.

Flip the PS4 upside down on its top.
  • Flip the PS4 upside down on its top.

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Remove the four stickers from the back of the PS4. Removing any of these stickers voids your warranty with Sony.
  • Remove the four stickers from the back of the PS4.

  • Removing any of these stickers voids your warranty with Sony.

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Remove the four 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws from the back of the PS4.
  • Remove the four 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws from the back of the PS4.

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With the device upside down, lift up on the back side of the device to remove the bottom cover.
  • With the device upside down, lift up on the back side of the device to remove the bottom cover.

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Remove the three 9mm TR9 Security Torx  screws on the power supply.
  • Remove the three 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws on the power supply.

  • Remove the two 4mm Phillips #1 screws.

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Disconnect the power supply connector from the power supply. Lift the power supply unit to remove it from the case.
  • Disconnect the power supply connector from the power supply.

  • Lift the power supply unit to remove it from the case.

you need to lift the power board/box up vertically first as there are 2 long prongs extending up into the box. if you try to lift just one end you will bend the prongs.

pollytintop - Reply

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Damian - Reply

during this step it exposes a black phillips head screw at least on some models(such as mine) this screw mates the metal sandwich around the motherboard together. I was unable to perform step 19 until I released this Black short Phillips screw.

gfinch1 - Reply

I just came across this screw at the same time. It is extremely stuck and I'm afraid to strip it. Any ideas?

Richard Maya -

Disconnect the ribbon wire from the optical drive by pressing down on the metal release tab and gently pulling the ribbon wire.  This should not require force. Disconnect the same ribbon wire from the motherboard; making sure you're pressing down on the metal release tab and gently pulling the ribbon wire.
  • Disconnect the ribbon wire from the optical drive by pressing down on the metal release tab and gently pulling the ribbon wire. This should not require force.

  • Disconnect the same ribbon wire from the motherboard; making sure you're pressing down on the metal release tab and gently pulling the ribbon wire.

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Unplug the optical drive cord from the motherboard.
  • Unplug the optical drive cord from the motherboard.

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Remove the wifi cord from the motherboard.
  • Remove the wifi cord from the motherboard.

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Remove the four 9mm TR9 Security Torx  screws.
  • Remove the four 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws.

  • Remove the 5mm Phillips #1 screw.

Mine on the bottom right near the board was a 5mm Phillips #1 instead of the expected 9mm Torx screw. Also, I have a shield plate covering my (or my customer's) board here.

CPR Matthews, NC - Reply

Remove the wifi antenna.
  • Remove the wifi antenna.

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Lift the optical drive up and remove it from the system.
  • Lift the optical drive up and remove it from the system.

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Flip the system over and remove the left top panel by pressing it back and lifting up.
  • Flip the system over and remove the left top panel by pressing it back and lifting up.

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Remove the two 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws.
  • Remove the two 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws.

  • Remove the 5mm Phillips #1 screw.

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Pull out and remove the hard drive from the system.
  • Pull out and remove the hard drive from the system.

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Lift up on the front of the top cover and slide backwards.
  • Lift up on the front of the top cover and slide backwards.

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Remove the twelve 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws.
  • Remove the twelve 9mm TR9 Security Torx screws.

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Remove the two 9mm Phillips head #1 screws. Remove the metal  support bracket.
  • Remove the two 9mm Phillips head #1 screws.

  • Remove the metal support bracket.

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Lift up and remove the metal covering.
  • Lift up and remove the metal covering.

On some PS4 consoles there is a small black Phillips head screw under the PSU securing the metal cover to the midframe of the console. If you do not remove this screw you will not be able to remove the metal cover, and run the risk of damaging it, or the motherboard.

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Disconnect the three wire plug from the motherboard by gently prying upwards and away from the motherboard. Disconnect the three wire plug from the motherboard by gently prying upwards and away from the motherboard.
  • Disconnect the three wire plug from the motherboard by gently prying upwards and away from the motherboard.

What can i do if i broke these three little prongs?

Josh Turner - Reply

2 options 1 make a new contact, 2 buy a New fan as it is The fan contact ;)

Karl eriksson -

Lift up and remove the motherboard from the system.
  • Lift up and remove the motherboard from the system.

  • Removing the motherboard separates the original thermal paste between the processor and the heat sink. Before you reassemble your device, reapply a new layer of thermal paste. Follow this guide to learn how.

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Conclusion

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

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Regarding the three wire plug in step 20 - is there a good way to repair this piece if, say, you pulled the wires out of the connector by accident? is there a place to get a replacement part?

Ryan Statz - Reply

how would i know which mother board and paired optical drive is compatible with my ps4 model?

chandra sekhar - Reply

I have tried to replace the hdmi port however being somewhat of an idiot I slipped and knocked off onto the little black squares just behind the port on the left hand side. Does anyone know what these are?

Geoff Parker - Reply

contacts of the motherboard

lillarrypimp1993 -

You may be talking about capacitors that are critically important for the unit to function.

South30 -

Ok so I was taking mine apart, and while I was separating the ribbon wire from the optical drive during step 7, I broke the top off the connector by accident. I thought I could fix it with hot glue, but my ps4 doesn't read disks (at all, doesn't even know there's a disk in the drive). Is there a way to repair this without getting a new drive?

jonathanhart54 - Reply

when I bought the replacement motherboard and optical drive and installed everything, I got a message saying connect USB with software update. Is this because I'm using my original hdd from my original mobo+ optical drive that is different from the hdd my replacement parts came with?

Quaymetsu - Reply

Could you please tell me where you bought a replacement motherboard from as i've been looking everywhere!?

Roger flaps -

Does your blu-ray drive still work on the new motherboard? I seem to recall on the PS3 that the blu-ray drive was tied to a console, I assume you had to reformat the HDD also?

Andrew Fox - Reply

Am I able to buy just the motherboard without buying the optical driver? and if so or not how will I know which one to buy?

Jeff deem - Reply

Cómo saber que tarjeta es la indicada

Oscar Mora - Reply

Es q tengo una ps4 slim y la tarjeta está dañada pero nose cual es la indicada xq trae unos números y nose si afecta en algo

Oscar Mora - Reply

Por favor la respuesta a mi correo gracias :: oscardanilo1724@gmail.com

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