Tools Featured in this Teardown

Introduction

In this guide we'll see how to get to the the console's main board.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Super Famicom, use our service manual.

Remove the 6 screws with a 4.5mm Gamebit screwdriver from the back of the unit. Turn the unit back up and lift the top cover. You can now admire :
  • Remove the 6 screws with a 4.5mm Gamebit screwdriver from the back of the unit.

  • Turn the unit back up and lift the top cover. You can now admire :

  • The ejecting mechanism.

  • The sound chip. Present on early models, this is the main difference with the later hardware revisions of the console.

  • The main board shield.

  • The capacitors guard.

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The mechanism is held back in place by a small spring. It's not too tense but be careful not to lose it. Also, note how it's placed for future reassembly.
  • The mechanism is held back in place by a small spring. It's not too tense but be careful not to lose it. Also, note how it's placed for future reassembly.

  • Remove the mechanism by slightly lifting the axle from the right and pulling it out.

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We'll need to remove a couple screws with a Phillips #2 screwdriver. It's plugged to the main board with a small plastic socket. Simply pull on it to set it apart.
  • We'll need to remove a couple screws with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

  • It's plugged to the main board with a small plastic socket. Simply pull on it to set it apart.

  • Don't pull on the wires to avoid damaging them. Pull on the plastic socket instead.

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The front panel is connected to the main board with a ribbon cable. Gently pull it out of its socket. The front panel can then be lifted out.
  • The front panel is connected to the main board with a ribbon cable. Gently pull it out of its socket.

  • The front panel can then be lifted out.

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The shield is held by 6 Philips #2 screws.
  • The shield is held by 6 Philips #2 screws.

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The chip is held by 2 Philips #2 screws. It's then just held by the bus socket on the lower left side of the chip.
  • The chip is held by 2 Philips #2 screws.

  • It's then just held by the bus socket on the lower left side of the chip.

  • Simply shimmy it out of the socket. You might need the help of a prying tool but don't put to much pressure on the cartridge port.

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The board is now only held by 3 Philips #2 screws. Lifting the main board reveals the lower shield that got scrapped in later hardware revisions of the console.
  • The board is now only held by 3 Philips #2 screws.

  • Lifting the main board reveals the lower shield that got scrapped in later hardware revisions of the console.

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Capacitors can hold charge for a long time, be careful. First, remove the lateral screw (Philips #2, still).
  • Capacitors can hold charge for a long time, be careful.

  • First, remove the lateral screw (Philips #2, still).

  • Turn the board around and unscrew the 4 last screws.

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