Introduction

This guide provides the necessary steps to remove the entire motherboard enclosure from the Playstation 3.

  1. Remove the rubber screw cover near the hard drive cover with a spudger.
    • Remove the rubber screw cover near the hard drive cover with a spudger.

  2. Remove the screw holding the top cover in place with a Torx T10 screwdriver.
    • Remove the screw holding the top cover in place with a Torx T10 screwdriver.

    • Slide the top cover down about half an inch.

    • Lift the cover off of the PS3.

    • Remove the seven screws in the top cover with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

    • One of the screws is shorter than the others. The short screw is marked in yellow.

    • You can now lift off the top cover.

    • Unplug the white wires connected to the wireless board. There are two sets of wires: one set in the front, one in the back.

      • Push down the tab on the connector to disconnect the wires.

    • Remove the two screws on the front of the power supply.

    • Remove the screws on the back of the power supply with a Phillips #2 screwdriver.

    • Remove the power supply by lifting it straight up.

    • Unplug the optical drive power cable.

    • Detach the ribbon cable that connects the optical drive to the motherboard.

    • Set the optical drive aside.

    • Remove three screws (Phillips #2) from the wireless board and antenna.

    • Detach the ribbon cable that connects the wireless board to the motherboard.

    • Remove nine screws (Phillips #2) from the perimeter of the metal plate covering the motherboard.

    • Remove the hard drive door with a spudger.

    • Lift the metal enclosure out of the plastic bottom case.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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