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Use this guide to replace a burned-out fan on your PlayStation 3.

  1. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement, Smart Plate: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Fan 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 Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

  3. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan 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 Fan Replacement, Motherboard Assembly: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the control board ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  11. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 12 mm Phillips screws securing the control board to the lower case.

    • Remove the control board and its attached cable from the PS3.

  12. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

    • Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

    • One 30 mm Phillips screw

  13. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the control board bracket.

  14. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive bay cover away from the lower case.

    • Remove the hard drive bay cover.

  15. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

  16. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement, Fan: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • De-route the fan cables from under the plastic finger molded into the heat sink.

  17. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the fan from the motherboard.

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

  18. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 5.7 mm #0 Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink.

  19. PlayStation 3 Fan Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the fan from the heat sink, minding its cables that may get caught.

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

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Walter Galan

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Im guessing its not possible to flip the device over in order to get to the fan... Im genuinely asking this.

anthony - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Super tutorial but my ps3 fat look a little bit different inside but after all I was able to replace the 12v fan inside to an third part one which was definetly very quite even if I set it up to 100% (using a web exploit)

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Remember fellas - the PS3 shown in this tutorial is most likely (almost 100%) the launch backwards compatible model. Meaning, the later FAT models without backwards compatibility WILL LOOK DIFFERENT INSIDE.

Be aware of that as to not wrongly disassemble your precious old PS3.

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