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Do it Yourself: change your PS3 optical lens

Do it Yourself: change your PS3 optical lens


Guide how to replace PS3 Laser Lens  
        version 1.0


Attention: This operation will void your warranty!!! I recommend you to send it to
                  SONY if bought your PS3 less than a year ago.
Attention: While this operation require no particular knowledge, don’t try it if you
                  have no patience and feel not confident enough!
Attention: Look at other tutorials at the end of my article before starting, I did not represent
                  all steps in details. Use them to complete missing steps (this is my brother’s PS3, mine
                  may die also soon, will complete tutorial then)


DISCLAIMER: This tutorial is for information purposes, and I am not responsible or can
be held responsible if you screw up your PS3 by following this tutorial. Make sure the
PS3 is unplugged from mains power AT ALL TIMES. Mains power is dangerous!
Dismantle the Playstation 3 console and follow this tutorial at your own risk!

Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: 35 euro (SONY ask 200 euro, some shops 99 euro with 3 months warranty) 

Tool required:

Torx screwdriver TR10 :ps3.change.lens_torx_tr10
ps3.change.lens_000Small flathead screw driver + Philips screwdriver
PS3.Laser.Lens.KES400AAAOrder part: KES-400AAA on Internet or search for “ps3 lens” on EBAY.
 Big flat space well lit


Operation done on 18 July 2008, PS3 fully working.

ps3.change.lens_001Prerequisites 🙂
ps3.change.lens_002Remove the 8 screws, slightly lift up the back corners of the top half of the console. There is there 2 small clips near the back you may need to undo with a small screw driver. Now the top of the console should just lift off
ps3.change.lens_0031. Lift the drive.
2. Unplug the power supply near the front right side of drive.
3. Remove the wide ribbon cable connecting the drive to the motherboard.
 ps3.change.lens_004details of power supply near the front right side of drive.
ps3.change.lens_005Remove the main board by removing the screws.

Put them beside in the same order as you did remove them. This will help a lot when you put everything back!

You can now remove the 2 metal plate that encase the ps3 BLU-RAY drive.

ps3.change.lens_006Remove the white plastic part that maintain the DVD in place and put beside.

You now see the drive plastic box.

More screws to remove to to open that black case.

ps3.change.lens_007remove these screws to be able to pull up the old ps3 lens out of the plastic case
ps3.change.lens_008the old lens is now ready to die.

Metal axes can be removed ad will have to be transferred to the new lens

ps3.change.lens_009On the new lens, put the cable ribbon, by first pulling up the black clip (A), then insert the ribbon (B) and pull back the black clip .
ps3.change.lens_010On the old lens, the white plastic part has to be transferred to the new lens as well.
ps3.change.lens_011One screw to remove
ps3.change.lens_0660Put axes on new lens and place it back in case.
 screw everything back


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