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Was having heat issues and decided to clean it out. Here's the steps taken.

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  1. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove HDD: step 1, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove HDD: step 1, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove HDD: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Using fingernail, or spudger, remove the cover.

    • Remove PH1 screw

    • Pull HDD out.

  2. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove security screw: step 2, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove security screw: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Remove sticker an underlying rubber tab

    • Remove the T8 security screw

    • Pull cover towards you to remove

    Slide the cover towards the screw opening would have been a better instruction as people may do this repair with the system on its side. Also, a picture showing that sliding it is how you take it off not “pulling it” would have been perfect.

    Dylan Y - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I confirm it's a T8 security torx.

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  3. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the 6 long medium screws

    • Remove the medium medium screw. This screw is conveniently marked with an S if you forget what goes where.

    • The blueray drive is NOT screwed down. Do not tip the console!

    • Use a finger to press the tab next to the medium length screw and lift. The case pivots on the front.

    • When putting back together, place the front edge and rotate back. The screws will pop everything back in place.

  4. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove Blueray drive: step 4, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove Blueray drive: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Flip blueray drive over and lift the tab to remove the cable

    Mine had a label covering the entry to the Blu-ray casing, so I needed to remove the power supply and disconnect the Blu-ray ribbon cable from the motherboard instead.

    Bil - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Mine also has a 4-pin cable on the side that also has to be detached

    gordonhamachi - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove power supply screws: step 5, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove power supply screws: step 5, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove power supply screws: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Remove M screw

    • Remove medium medium screws

    • Remove long M screws

    • When putting back together, the fine thread screws are marked with M.

  6. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Unhook power supply: step 6, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Unhook power supply: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Push down on tab and pull straight out

    • Pull straight out

    Where does that ribbon cable on the second pic on step 6 go?! kinda confused on how to take it out..(that Rainbow shaped wire thing)

    kevinpaulenriquez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    That connects the front peripherals to the main board. There should be a brown tab on each side that you just flip down. Then just lift the ribbon cable up.

    knyrii -

    how many pin that ribbon cable which connect to front usb ?

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  7. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove power supply: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Do not use a metal spudger! There are exposed prongs that may short and shock you. I did not know this when I did it.

    • Using something non-conductive, lift this corner up to make removal easier.

    • Pull straight up to remove the power supply.

  8. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Unscrew the board brace: step 8, image 1 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Unscrew the board brace: step 8, image 2 of 3 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Unscrew the board brace: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the short medium screws

    • Remove the ground screw

    • Remove the heatsink screws and braces

    • Lift the front to remove

    • Do this slowly. The heatsinks are not screwed down and you may damage the fins if you use too much force.

    • This is the second time I've taken this apart. That's why there is no thermal paste on the chips. They do put paste on there. Too much in my opinion.

    • When putting back together, all the screw places are marked. If the hole doesn't have a marker, don't put a screw in it.

    Ground screw wouldn't go in through the ground wire no matter what I tried. It would if I screwed it straight into the brace, but not if I put it through the ground wire first. Ended up stripping it.

    Joe Mama - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    You wrote that if the hole doesn’t have a marker, then don’t put a screw in there, but shouldn’t there be two screws in the bottom-right? I also noticed that you marked the screw on the bottom, second from the right, twice. It’s marked in this image and the next one. Also, the number of screws I have left over seems to suggest I’m right and a second screw should go near that bottom-right screw where there is no circle. Did I screw up?

    Cole Fudge - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I did screw up. I missed one screw for the USB and WiFi controller. The screw hole I was talking about is filled by one of the long screws that goes through the cover and past the disk drive. My bad!

    Cole Fudge -

    Please how do i know of the heatsink fin is spoilt?

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  9. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove the shields: step 9, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Remove the shields: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the M screws and unplug the board battery. Your PS3 now does not know the date and time.

    • I messed up when I put it back together. The shield goes under the top half of the HDD cage.

    • Lift this side of the HDD cage and wiggle it. The pins can be tricky.

    • Remove the shield over the USB and WiFi controller

    • Remove the USB and WiFi controller. It lifts straight up. Remove the white tape.

    • Lift from this side to remove the motherboard shield.

    • The motherboard lifts right out

    I need help i cant get that battery with the yellow arrow, do i just pull it out?

    The_Sinkre - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The battery is spring loaded: just pull it out.

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  10. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown: step 10, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Ok, I forgot to take a picture before unscrewing the bottom. There are 4 small medium screws.

    • The back plate lifts up

    • The fan and cover lifts straight up

    • The heatsinks are not screwed down and lift right out

  11. PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Done: step 11, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 CECHH01 Teardown, Done: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Insert wisdom here.

    Very nice and extremely time saving, without you guidance I would be at the pawn shop replacing the one that is in 1,000,000 pieces because "it accidentally fell."

    Jeffrey Geisenberger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Lo felicito por su ordenado, detallado, sintético, claro e ilustrado tutorial. Gracias por las imágenes, que ayudan enormemente, y por las explicaciones resumidas (sin palabras de más).  Mil gracias por el tiempo que se ha tomado para poder compartir su conocimiento con nosotros tal que realmente podamos entenderlo.

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I have this exact same ps3 model and I took it apart to clean it and now the controller won't sync. I press the PS button and all 4 lights blink rapidly (faster than when 1 blinks when it's charging) for about 30 secs and then turn off. I have tried to sync it a couple diff ways with the same result.

Jeff - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The ribbon cable in image 2 of step 6 may be loose.

knyrii -

My ps3 Fat bluetooth not working i am changing thE bluetooth plate but not working pls help

harpreet singh - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Only a few things I can think of:

Replacement module is bad

Replacement module is the wrong version

Something is interfering with the bluetooth signal

knyrii -

My PS3 keeps shutting down when trying to load a game...sometimes it goes but some other times not...

Any help?

Thanks in advance

Ana Teixeira - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi, you may need a new psu, but do some more research before purchasing.

Eli Coates -

I believe I have the original PS3 module, I took it apart the first time to clean it out. When put back together, the device still automatically shuts itself off in mid gameplay. I've made sure the PS3 has more than enough room for it to not overheat again.

I'd place my hand on its back to see how hot it is, it wouldn't have to be TOO hot, but it unfortunately still continues to turn off on its own... please help.

Aileen Barrera - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

could it be the thermal paste?

Aileen Barrera -

Good! Now maby i can fix one of my ps3's i bought broken.

labiosus - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Everything is cleaned out and I reapplied thermal paste and put everything back together but, I wanted to know if it is possible that the ribbon cable for the blu ray player is essential in running any apps or games (that don’t require a disc) on the ps3 because that is the only thing that might not be in securely because mine differed slightly from the photos you provided. Thank you for the guide.

Jesse crum - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

No problem! I’m glad it helped. I’m sure that the drive not being recognized or missing will not prevent you from running downloaded games. A bad connection may cause it to not boot or throw an error if something got shorted out.

knyrii -

My poor ps3fatboy crapped out 4 years ago this winter and I finally got around to tearing it down to see why when I power it on the system beeps, red light f;ashes, turns green then turns off before anything appears on screen. So, I'm hoping I'll find some clue by taking it apart or discover a passion of taking apart people's ps3's across the land just because I can….

Anyways, thanks for this great guide! I'm hoping it's a simple short or broken solder connection since I read the root cause for many people is Big Fat Brittle solder joints cracking.

John G. W. VI - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

One of the more difficult and badly designed systems to fix. Multiple problems on my end! The case of the “Temperature sensors” Followed schematics to see where they are located. My motherboard is working correctly, GPU CPU fine, thermal paste in check and the system is not hot. Soo many people are being fooled by the warning pop up (upper right screen) System is too hot and shutting down” This has nothing to do with your motherboard being faulty, GPU/CPU or thermal paste. It has to do with this models’ power supply and temperature sensors. Swap out power supply for a compatible one and or get the schematics to where the temperature sensors are located and fix them. Ugh! Love the PS3…hate the MODEL!!

Dee - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

My phat PS3 won’t take disks. There is no disk in it, but It won’t even go in, then immediately eject. It just won’t take it. Thanks to anyone who replies.

Legendary Ocelot - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Thank you !

Wanted to sell my PS3, but it wasn’t a possibility to sell to someone a console that made the noise of a Jumbo Jet starting up.

Everything went well, cleaned every bit of and and changed the thermal paste, now it’s good as new !

Really easy to follow, good job making this tutorial ! :)

Lucas Gustin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hello, I am having trouble removing the round green CR battery from the motherboard, i tried wiggling it out and pulling but it won’t budge, any help? and thank you very much for the tutorial.

Neon Nostrade - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I opened mine today to try to do a long overdue, deep cleaning. After lifting the cover for the hard drive, I saw that the blue security screw was completely stripped but the previous owner of the system. Is there any way for me to remove this screw?

Geo Castellano - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Try with some pliers to grab the screw and turn it.

Daniele Carminati -

Thanks! Hopefully that helps. I was already going going down the rabbit hole of trying to find tools to help remove the screw.

Geo Castellano - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I took my fat PS3 4 port USB apartment cleaned out the thermal paste and reflow the chips then reassembled it. Now I have no indication of power at all. Any ideas what happened?

Sam - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The power supply (the black box) should have two cables plugged into it, check they’re properly seated on both the power supply and the motherboard.

defski -

I have no HDMI connection. AVI works. Unit was connected to TV that was hit from a lightning strike. Any guidance on which components to look at for failure?

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