Introduction

This guide will show the steps needed to remove the motherboard in the PlayStation 4 Pro. The motherboard has many small components that are rather delicate, careful handling is necessary. This guide has warranty-voiding disassembly.

  1. Flip the console upside down.
    • Flip the console upside down.

    • Use your finger to pull and snap off the plastic cover over the hard drive.

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  2. Use a Phillips #0 Screwdriver to remove the single screw securing the hard drive caddy.
    • Use a Phillips #0 Screwdriver to remove the single screw securing the hard drive caddy.

    • Pull the hard drive caddy straight out.

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    • Flip the console right side up.

    • Grip the two corners located at the front of the device.

    • Pull upwards until a loud click is heard.

    • This may require a lot of force, so do not be afraid to get a little rough with your console.

    • After both corners detach, slide the cover backwards and lift off.

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    • Use a T8 Torx Security screwdriver to remove five screws from the rear of the device.

      • Two 31mm screws.

      • Three 10mm screws.

    • Remove the metal plate by pulling it up.

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    • Flip the console over so the bottom is facing up.

    • Use a T8 Torx Security screwdriver to remove the three black 7mm screws in the back panel.

    • Remove the bottom cover in the same way as the top cover. Grip the cover on both sides and pull up until it clicks. Then slide the cover off.

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    • Use a T8 Torx security screwdriver to remove the eleven 10mm silver screws from the metal plate.

    • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the eleven 4mm black screws from the metal plate.

    • Pull off the three cables connected to the small portion of the motherboard showing through the metal plate.

    • The cable connectors can be sharp.

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    • Pull the white connector straight out of the yellow mount on the motherboard.

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    • Pull out the five small, blue low profile cables connected to the metal plate.

    • Lift the retaining flap on the ZIF connector of the large ribbon cable.

    • Pull the large ribbon cable from its socket.

    • Do not pull on the biggest blue cable without lifting the tab first. Doing so can damage the connection.

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    • Pull up and remove the metal plate.

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    • Flip the console over to continue working on the top side.

    • Pull up on the power supply unit and set it on the console.

    • Be careful not to pull too far, the assembly is still connected at one point.

    • Grip the connector behind the power supply and pull straight out.

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    • Carefully flip the console over so the bottom is facing up.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the eight 4mm screws on the metal plate with the X-like symbol.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the metal plate with the X-like shape.

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    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the four 13mm screws on the X-shaped metal plate underneath.

    • Grip the X-shaped retaining bracket and lift straight up.

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    • Grip the edge of the motherboard and slowly lift upwards to remove it from the device.

    • For reassembly, use this guide to reapply thermal paste between the motherboard and the metal plate underneath.

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Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

This guide is for the initial release CUH-7000 models. Of note is the changes to the CUH-7100 series that do make this guide an issue. Steps 4 and 5 have a different items to note. You can damage it following this guide if you don’t adjust. There no longer 3 security screws for the case, but just one. This single screw is still covered by a warranty sticker, but the second one is a blank sticker and no screw behind it. There is also no 10mm screw in the center power supply in Step 4, it’s a support post. You still remove the 4 other screws, but you must then flip the console over and remove a T8 screw to the right on the HDD cage and another closer to the right side. You can then flip the console over again to remove the battery and plug it. Just remove all the metal plate screws to be sure, but make sure you hold the board when you flip it again or you will bend the battery prongs like I found out the hard way.

Jason - Reply

Hi, are these region/console/digitally signed? I have a dead board and was hopint to do a stragiht replacment for antother working board I will buy?

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