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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.

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  1. Before you begin, make sure the console is turned off and unplugged.
    • 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.

  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. 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.
    • 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.

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  4. Pull the optical drive power cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it. Pull the optical drive power cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it.
    • Pull the optical drive power cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it.

  5. 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.
    • 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.

  6. Lift the optical drive straight up to remove it. Lift the optical drive straight up to remove it.
    • Lift the optical drive straight up to remove it.

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