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Use this guide to replace a broken or faulty Blu-ray Drive in your PlayStation 3. This guide shows only how to replace the original style of Blu-ray drive, KEM-400.

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  1. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the black rubber screw cover from the side of the PS3.

    • The screw cover may be underneath a warranty sticker. This sticker will change appearance, and show "VOID" after it has been removed.

  2. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

  3. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

  4. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

  5. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Top Cover: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following seven screws:

    • Six 52 mm Phillips screws

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  6. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Remove the top cover.

    • There is a plastic hook located in a hole on the top back right hand side corner. Carefully push the plastic hook a bit front the rear of the machine with a spudger to release the rear right of the casing.

  7. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Blu-ray Disc Drive: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

    • Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

  8. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the Blu-ray drive from the edge nearest the power supply and rotate it away from the chassis enough to access its ribbon cable.

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    • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the Blu-ray ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable out of its socket.

    • Remove the Blu-ray drive from the PS3.

    • If replacing the Blu-ray drive, transfer the power cable to your new drive.

  10. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Blu-Ray Drive: step 10, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement, Blu-Ray Drive: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Using your fingernail, lift the flap on the ZIF connector holding the Blu-ray lens motor cable to the Blu-ray control daughterboard.

    • Pull the ribbon cable straight away from its socket on the daughterboard.

  11. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Using your fingernail, lift the flap on the ZIF connector holding the Blu-ray lens Data cable to the Blu-ray control daughterboard.

    • Pull the ribbon cable straight away from its socket on the daughterboard.

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    • Using your fingernail, lift the flap on the ZIF connector holding the Blu-ray drive motor cable to the Blu-ray control daughterboard.

    • Pull the ribbon cable straight away from its socket on the daughterboard.

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    • Using your fingernail, lift the flap on the ZIF connector holding the Blu-ray IR sensor cable to the Blu-ray control daughterboard.

    • Pull the ribbon cable straight away from its socket on the daughterboard.

  14. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the five 8.4mm phillips screws securing the Blu-ray control board to the Blu-ray drive.

    • Be sure to also remove the metal ground springs from under the screws in the corners.

  15. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully lift the daughterboard from the rear edge.

    • Slide the daughterboard out from under the top case.

    • Do not try to remove the daughterboard yet, as it is still connected by a cable on the underside of the board.

  16. PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray Drive Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully turn the daughterboard over, making sure to not tear the attached cable.

    • Pull the IR Sensor cable straight away from its socket on the board.

    • Be sure that you are not pulling on the cables as you remove the plug from its socket.

    • Blu-Ray drive remains.

    • If you are replacing the Blu-ray drive, you must use the same daughterboard that came with your PlayStation 3. The daughterboard is paired to the motherboard, and the Blu-ray drive will not work with a different board.

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

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Is there a thermal pad replacement for the bond between the Optical Drive and the metal housing of around the motherboard? I can play Borderlands for hours, but if I use a disc based game or one with more intensive graphics the overheat light comes on. I’m thinking of reapplying the thermal paste with the squish method as well. Already by replacing the thermal pads (some were missing or just like clay) has reduced the fan noise. Any suggestions? The thermal pad currently is also claylike.

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The IR sensor cable broke ; how to fix it?

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Id probably just buy a new disc drive for the ps3 fat, you can find them on sites like amazon and eBay for reasonable prices

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