How To Clean Your PS3 Laser


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Guide Provided By: Gaming Generations
Estimated Time: 30-1 hour
Experience Level: Beginner
Items Needed: Phillips screwdrivers, pliers (optional), T15h Screwdriver.
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If your Ps3 is struggling to read discs, you may want to consider cleaning the lens before going all out and changing the laser. Follow this simple guide on how to clean your laser lens.

1) Get your PS3 ready to go.

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2) In this guide we will be disassembling an older 80GB ps3. The newer 40GB, 80GB & 160GB consoles are slightly different when it comes to disassembling. The differences will be described during this guide. An easy way to tell if you have an older version PS3 is check if there is a flap like shown in the picture below. All 60GB & older 80GB consoles have this flap.

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3) Pull off the warranty seal.

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4) Pull out the rubber tab.

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5) Now on to the most annoying part. Do your best to take out the screw inside. Using the right tool LOCATED HERE will save you the headache.

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6) Once the screw is removed slide the cover over like shown below.

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7) Now pull up the top.

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8) Take out the 9 screws. Note that if you have a newer version PS3 the screws may be in different locations.

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9) Take out this small metal piece, do not lose it! Note if you have a newer version PS3 this small metal piece will not be there.

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10) Pull up the top of the PS3. If you have an older version PS3, read the next few steps before pulling the top up.

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11) All older versions PS3's (w/ the flap in the front) will have a ribbon cable connected like shown in the picture below.

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12) Gently pull up the tab.

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13) Pull out the ribbon cable.

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14) The top should now be completely removed.

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15) Gently unplug the cable shown below.

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16) Pull up the drive. Newer drives will have a shiny silver bottom, this most likely means you have an ACA laser inside (dual eye). On the shiny bottom drives, most will have a white sticker holding the ribbon cable in place. Simply peel back the white sticker and then remove the ribbon cable. The newest version fat PS3's will have a tiny ribbon cable that connects underneath the power supply. We recommend leaving the ribbon cable installed to the drive. Instead take off the power supply first and remove the ribbon cable from that side.

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17) Gently push up the flap tab holding the ribbon cable.

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18) Pull out the ribbon cable.

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19) Remove the drive from the PS3.

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20) Remove the 5 screws shown below on the bottom of the drive. Note that newer version PS3's may look slightly different during this step, but the concept is the exact same.

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21) Pull up the front flap on the metal shield.

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22) Now completely remove the metal shield.

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23) Remove the 5 screws holding down the drive cover.

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24) Remove the spindle.

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25) Gently pull up the drive cover and set it next to the drive. Note that there is a small cable still plugged in that is connecting the top of the drive cover to the lower part. Look at the next picture to see where you should place the drive.

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26) Place the drive top right next to the lower part.

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27) Grab some rubbing alcohol and a Q tip. The higher percentage alcohol the better (and I'm not saying that just because I am from WI). 90% and above is recommended.

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28) Dab the laser eye to clean it, follow by drying it off w/ the other end of the Q tip. Do not over saturate the laser eye with rubbing alcohol.

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29) Place the drive cover back on.

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30) Put the 5 screws back in and the drive spindle.

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31) Put the metal shield back on.

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32) Screw it down with the 3 black screws.

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33) Put the rest of the screws in.

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34) Plug the ribbon cable back in and secure it by pushing down the tab.

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35) Plug back in the cable shown below. NOTE: It would be best to test your console now before putting everything back together.

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36) Put the top back on. Note that there are some latches on the front that help you line up the top cover.

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37) Plug back in the cable shown below & secure it by pushing down the tab. Newer version PS3's will not have this ribbon cable.

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38) Put the metal piece back in place. Newer version PS3's will not have this piece.

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39) Put the 9 screws back in.

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40) Slide the top cover back on.

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41) Put the screw back in.

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42) Put the rubber piece back in and your finished!

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If this does not work you may want to consider CHANGING THE MECH & LASER.