PlayStation 2 Teardown

Teardown

Teardown

Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

This guide will show you how to take your PlayStation 2 apart, down to the bare bones.

Edit Step 1 PlayStation 2 Teardown  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Using a metal splunger pry the 8 flat screw covers out.

Edit Step 1 PlayStation 2 Teardown  ¶ 

  • Flip the Playstation 2 (PS2) so that the bottom of the device is facing up.

  • Using a metal splunger pry the 8 flat screw covers out.

  • Remove the following 8 screws:

    • Four 55.4mm Philips head screws.

    • Four 18mm Phillips head screws.

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  • Peel away the warranty sticker. It is located right next to the main power switch. Please note removing this sticker will void your warranty but many factory warranties on PlayStation 2 systems have run out since the systems are so old.

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Image 1/2: Carefully remove the cord that attaches the two halves by unclipping the power cord assembly from the case in the lid.

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  • Flip the PS2 back over and remove the top cover, prying the half closer to the power switch first and rocking the whole thing towards the front.

  • Carefully remove the cord that attaches the two halves by unclipping the power cord assembly from the case in the lid.

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Image 1/2: Remove the lid.

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  • Remove the four 6.4mm Phillips head screws which hold the lid of the disc drive on.

  • Remove the lid.

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Image 1/2: Remove the whole disc drive by carefully tilting the lid and sliding out.

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  • Remove the two 6.4mm #00 Phillips head black screws holding the disc drive in place.

  • Remove the whole disc drive by carefully tilting the lid and sliding out.

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  • Remove two 14.6mm Phillips head gold screws to remove controller port.

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Image 1/2: Remove the ribbon cable.

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  • Gently lift out the controller port.

  • Remove the ribbon cable.

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  • Remove two 14.6mm Phillips head gold screws holding the fan.

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Image 1/3: If you utilize your expansion bay for its intended purpose, make sure you remove the component now.

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  • Remove the cover for the Expansion Bay.

    • If you utilize your expansion bay for its intended purpose, make sure you remove the component now.

  • Pull the inards out and away from the bottom cover.

  • Now that all of that bulky plastic is out of the way, we can get to the fun stuff - electronics!

  • Let's begin by removing the four 7.6mm Phillips head gold screws holding on the power supply board.

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Image 1/3: There is one cable that is clipped onto the power board.  It is located next to the main power switch.

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  • With the screws out of the way, the metal case that houses the expansion bay will lift off with ease.

  • There is one cable that is clipped onto the power board. It is located next to the main power switch.

    • Carefully begin lifting the power board. You can now see the clip holding the power board in place.

  • Unsnap the clip, and the board is free from the unit.

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Image 1/1: It can be a bit stubborn, so it may take a little finessing to get it free.

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  • Underneath where the power supply once was is a transparent piece of plastic. This is the heat shield, and it can now be removed.

  • It can be a bit stubborn, so it may take a little finessing to get it free.

  • It can be a bit stubborn, so it may take a little finessing to get it free.

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Image 1/2: First, remove the seven 5.8mm Phillips head silver screws.

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  • Now with the heat shield out of the way, you can see there are quite a few screws holding the rest in place.

  • First, remove the seven 5.8mm Phillips head silver screws.

  • Next, take out the two 7.4mm Phillips head gold screws.

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Image 1/3: Remove the small white piece of tape that holds the wire connected to the fan.

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  • We can now remove the fan and main power switch assembly.

    • Remove the small white piece of tape that holds the wire connected to the fan.

    • Unplug the wire from the logic board.

    • The fan and switch are now free from the rest of the PS2. Simply remove it by pulling it out the bottom.

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Image 1/3: Carefully begin to lift out the disc drive.  Beware, there are ribbon cables still attached.

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  • Unclip flaps, one on one side and two on the other, holding the disc drive together. The first two pictures display where the three flaps are. This is very tricky so take your time.

  • Carefully begin to lift out the disc drive. Beware, there are ribbon cables still attached.

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Image 1/3: Remove the three blue ribbon cables and one little orange cable by gently pulling on the blue plastic strips.

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  • There are four ribbon cables attached to the disc drive. Be careful not to rip any of them!

    • Remove the three blue ribbon cables and one little orange cable by gently pulling on the blue plastic strips.

    • Carefully remove the orange ribbon cable from the laser by gently pulling on the white plastic strip.

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Image 1/3: Gently lift off the metal cooling fins.

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  • After the disc drive has been completely removed flip it over.

  • Gently lift off the metal cooling fins.

  • All that remains in view should be the logic board.

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  • This is what your disassembly should look like when finished.

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I would change a few things:

1. Leave the fan/power connector screws in until you're ready to leverage the optical drive out. It will help with moving the system around.

2. Once the fan/power connector module are removed, the optical drive can be unhinged from the back two clips simply by prying the front clip and lifting up. If the 9 screws were removed (step 12) then the metal plate can now be removed allowing easy access to the ribbon cables.

3. Laser ribbon removal - It makes more sense to remove it from the motherboard by flipping the connector open rather than forcing the ribbon out from the laser contacts. It did go back in easily though.

One last note, the power board is installed ON TOP of the drive bay, not the other way around. The power board will need to be removed before the drive bay. (see step 9, picture 3)

Kyle Gusek - Reply

Welp, since the guide did NOT make note of the 'lock' on the ZIF connector for the flat-flex ribbon cable for the Optical drive's laser module at Step 15; following the guide I now have to find a way to replace or repair the laser module on my PS2 (a Model 39002 Phat) as the lack-of notice about the lock on said connector meant that the light tug needed to otherwise remove the cable if the lock was open/not there caused the connector to lift away from the module's PCB thus rendering it useless.

Zeratul Darksoul - Reply