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Introduction

If your PlayStation is having trouble reading discs, the optical drive may need to be replaced. The optical drive is prone to fail on earlier models due to plastic rails warping over time. This guide will take you through the process of replacing the optical drive, which includes the laser and motor assemblies.

Note: This repair is demonstrated on a SCPH-1001 model. The process may differ slightly if you have a later model.

Parts

No parts specified.

  1. PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement, Open the Console: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before you begin, make sure the console is turned off and unplugged.

    • Turn the console upside down and remove the five 15.8 mm-long Phillips #1 screws.

    The SCPH-9001 model does not have the Parallel Port panel to remove.

    Aislinn - Reply

  2. PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • While holding the top and bottom halves of the console together, flip the console back over. Lift the top cover straight up to remove it.

  3. PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the Optical Drive: step 3, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement, Remove the Optical Drive: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the optical drive power cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it.

    I broke the optical drive power cable’s socket off from the motherboard! How to put it back on?

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  4. PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift up and unlock one side of the data cable's connector on the motherboard. Repeat this step on the other side of the connector.

    • You'll hear a faint click noise when unlocking the connector. Make sure not to apply too much pressure when lifting up on the connector with the spudger, or else damage may result.

    • Gently pull the optical drive data cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it.

    While I was pulling this cable, the whole connector came off the motherboard (the white part that's supposed do stay on the motherboard)... How can I fix it?

    Zvezdan Disic - Reply

    Do I solder it or what?

    Zvezdan Disic - Reply

    Same exact problem with pulling the entire connector off the motherboard. What do i do?

    Aaron Loyd - Reply

    Yes, could try clean and re-solder, and do a proper re-work job.

    Leif Behrmann - Reply

    help! i just had the same problem! someone was able to solve it ???

    Jack - Reply

  5. PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Optical Drive Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the optical drive straight up to remove it.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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Laser Drive Models

SCPH-100x : KSM-440AAM and KSM-440ACM

SCPH-550x-700x : KSM-440ADM

SCPH-750x-900x : KSM-440AEM

SCPH-10x : KSM-440BAM

Chances are most, if not all of the original AAM and ACM lasers are worn out.

Some vendors still carry an supposed original KSM-440BAM laser unit only.

I could not make this laser work in a SCPH-1001 unit, even after the transfer of parts.

I heard a rumor of spacers and motherboard adjustment.

This: https://web.archive.org/web/201010090109...

PU-8 test point: CL708, voltage reading to ground without disk - 1.7 volts DC, voltage reading with disk 1.85 volts DC.

Very fine adjustment… I have yet to try this step. Has anyone?

What about spacers? Do I need these?

You must transfer the rubber grommets and the plastic laser cover from the old laser to the new.

If you don’t, the new laser will be too large for the SCPH-1001 chassis.

Leif Behrmann - Reply

What about model SCPH-5501?

janis Nasuta - Reply

Will a KSM-440BAM optical drive from a scph-1001 ps1 work with a scph-1001 ps1 that had a KSM-440ACM optical drive?

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