Was having heat issues and decided to clean it out. Here's the steps taken.

  1. Using fingernail, or spudger, remove the cover.
    • Using fingernail, or spudger, remove the cover.

    • Remove PH1 screw

    • Pull HDD out.

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  2. Remove sticker an underlying rubber tab
    • Remove sticker an underlying rubber tab

    • Remove the T9 security screw

    • Pull cover towards you to remove

    Slide the cover towards the screw opening would have been a better instruction as people may do this repair with the system on its side. Also, a picture showing that sliding it is how you take it off not “pulling it” would have been perfect.

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    • Remove the 6 long medium screws

    • Remove the medium medium screw. This screw is conveniently marked with an S if you forget what goes where.

    • The blueray drive is NOT screwed down. Do not tip the console!

    • Use a finger to press the tab next to the medium length screw and lift. The case pivots on the front.

    • When putting back together, place the front edge and rotate back. The screws will pop everything back in place.

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    • Flip blueray drive over and lift the tab to remove the cable

    Mine had a label covering the entry to the Blu-ray casing, so I needed to remove the power supply and disconnect the Blu-ray ribbon cable from the motherboard instead.

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    • Remove M screw

    • Remove medium medium screws

    • Remove long M screws

    • When putting back together, the fine thread screws are marked with M.

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    • Push down on tab and pull straight out

    • Pull straight out

    Where does that ribbon cable on the second pic on step 6 go?! kinda confused on how to take it out..(that Rainbow shaped wire thing)

    kevinpaulenriquez - Reply

    That connects the front peripherals to the main board. There should be a brown tab on each side that you just flip down. Then just lift the ribbon cable up.

    knyrii -

    how many pin that ribbon cable which connect to front usb ?

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    • Do not use a metal spudger! There are exposed prongs that may short and shock you. I did not know this when I did it.

    • Using something non-conductive, lift this corner up to make removal easier.

    • Pull straight up to remove the power supply.

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    • Remove the short medium screws

    • Remove the ground screw

    • Remove the heatsink screws and braces

    • Lift the front to remove

    • Do this slowly. The heatsinks are not screwed down and you may damage the fins if you use too much force.

    • This is the second time I've taken this apart. That's why there is no thermal paste on the chips. They do put paste on there. Too much in my opinion.

    • When putting back together, all the screw places are marked. If the hole doesn't have a marker, don't put a screw in it.

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    • Unscrew the M screws and unplug the board battery. Your PS3 now does not know the date and time.

    • I messed up when I put it back together. The shield goes under the top half of the HDD cage.

    • Lift this side of the HDD cage and wiggle it. The pins can be tricky.

    • Remove the shield over the USB and WiFi controller

    • Remove the USB and WiFi controller. It lifts straight up. Remove the white tape.

    • Lift from this side to remove the motherboard shield.

    • The motherboard lifts right out

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    • Ok, I forgot to take a picture before unscrewing the bottom. There are 4 small medium screws.

    • The back plate lifts up

    • The fan and cover lifts straight up

    • The heatsinks are not screwed down and lift right out

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    • Insert wisdom here.

    Very nice and extremely time saving, without you guidance I would be at the pawn shop replacing the one that is in 1,000,000 pieces because "it accidentally fell."

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I have this exact same ps3 model and I took it apart to clean it and now the controller won't sync. I press the PS button and all 4 lights blink rapidly (faster than when 1 blinks when it's charging) for about 30 secs and then turn off. I have tried to sync it a couple diff ways with the same result.

Jeff - Reply

The ribbon cable in image 2 of step 6 may be loose.

knyrii -

My ps3 Fat bluetooth not working i am changing thE bluetooth plate but not working pls help

harpreet singh - Reply

Only a few things I can think of:

Replacement module is bad

Replacement module is the wrong version

Something is interfering with the bluetooth signal

knyrii -

My PS3 keeps shutting down when trying to load a game...sometimes it goes but some other times not...

Any help?

Thanks in advance

Ana Teixeira - Reply

BTW my PS3 is model: CECHH01

Ana Teixeira - Reply

I believe I have the original PS3 module, I took it apart the first time to clean it out. When put back together, the device still automatically shuts itself off in mid gameplay. I've made sure the PS3 has more than enough room for it to not overheat again.

I'd place my hand on its back to see how hot it is, it wouldn't have to be TOO hot, but it unfortunately still continues to turn off on its own... please help.

Aileen Barrera - Reply

could it be the thermal paste?

Aileen Barrera -

Good! Now maby i can fix one of my ps3's i bought broken.

labiosus - Reply

Everything is cleaned out and I reapplied thermal paste and put everything back together but, I wanted to know if it is possible that the ribbon cable for the blu ray player is essential in running any apps or games (that don’t require a disc) on the ps3 because that is the only thing that might not be in securely because mine differed slightly from the photos you provided. Thank you for the guide.

Jesse crum - Reply

No problem! I’m glad it helped. I’m sure that the drive not being recognized or missing will not prevent you from running downloaded games. A bad connection may cause it to not boot or throw an error if something got shorted out.

knyrii -

My poor ps3fatboy crapped out 4 years ago this winter and I finally got around to tearing it down to see why when I power it on the system beeps, red light f;ashes, turns green then turns off before anything appears on screen. So, I'm hoping I'll find some clue by taking it apart or discover a passion of taking apart people's ps3's across the land just because I can….

Anyways, thanks for this great guide! I'm hoping it's a simple short or broken solder connection since I read the root cause for many people is Big Fat Brittle solder joints cracking.

John G. W. VI - Reply

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