PlayStation 3 PRAM Battery Replacement

 

Introduction

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

 

Step 1 Smart Plate

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

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.

 

Step 2

Remove the single 8.5 mm T10 Security Torx screw from the smart plate.

 

Step 3

 

Pull the smart plate toward the hard drive bay, then lift it off the body of the PS3.

 

Step 4

Be sure to keep track of the small metal bracket loosely held in the top cover, if equipped.

 

Step 5 Top Cover

 Six 52 mm Phillips screws

Remove the following seven screws:

Six 52 mm Phillips screws

One 30 mm Phillips screw

 

Step 6

Remove the top cover.

Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

Remove the top cover.

 

Step 7 Blu-ray Disc Drive

 

Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

Disconnect the Blu-ray power cable from the motherboard.

Pull the connector straight up and out of its socket.

 

Step 8

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.

 

Step 9

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

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.

 

Step 10 Motherboard Assembly

Pull the control board ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

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Step 11

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

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.

 

Step 12

Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

Remove the following eight screws securing the motherboard assembly to the lower case:

Seven 12 mm Phillips screws (ph2)

One 30 mm Phillips screw

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Step 13

Remove the control board bracket.

 

Step 14

Remove the hard drive bay cover.

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.

 

Step 15

Lift the motherboard assembly out of the lower case.

 

Step 16 PRAM Battery

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.

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.

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Step 17

Rotate the PRAM battery counter-clockwise and remove it from the chassis.

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CONCLUSION

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