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Use this guide to replace your PlayStation 3's proprietary PRAM battery.

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

  3. PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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.

  9. PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the control board bracket.

  14. PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery 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 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

  16. PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement, PRAM Battery: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the PRAM battery from the motherboard.

    • Be careful when separating the connector from its socket, as the socket easily breaks of the motherboard. If possible, hold down the socket as you lift the connector.

  17. PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement: step 17, image 3 of 3
    • Rotate the PRAM battery counter-clockwise and remove it from the chassis.

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

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Walter Galan

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Ok…tell me why the !&&* the PRAM battery doesnt last in these %#*@ ps3's…they should have to replace this $@$* for free. My ps3 is lucky if it has 60 hours on it…I made sure it didn't go more than 2 months without playing it. Now I have to pay Sony to fix this $@$*. I'm !#^&@@ cause I paid $500 for this %#*@ thing when it came out. If anyone knows anything I don't…please email me at tadheath95@gmail.com put in the subject…..”about ur broken ps3’. Thank you in advance!!!

Tad heath - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hey Tad the ps3 was made 9 years ago a cmos battery lasts 8-10.

Steven Van -

The PS3 is over ten years old, way past the average life span of a lithium battery (up to 10 years). Maybe a tad shortsighted of them to embed it so deeply into the console but at least they put it somewhere that decreases the chances of damage if it leaks. That’s worlds apart from the original Xbox where they used capacitors that failed and trashed the motherboard. Xbox 360 I believe doesn’t even have the facility to retain the date/time and had far more serious issues.

alexatkin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

its insane that its buried so deep on the ps3, the Wii and Wii U both had a draw on the side with one screw to remove to replace the battery!

Steve Fox -

This guide didn’t work for my PS3 (fat). I dismantled the PS3 up to the motherboard, and found the PRAM battery there, directly on the motherboard itself, no connector attached. The video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn1OqCw-... was a huge help in combination with this guide.

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