Tutorial The Ultimate PS3 Repair Guide, YLOD Repair, Replacing the Nec Tokin Caps, Delid, Syscon Diagnoses

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Hello everyone. Recently I replaced the first pair of the capacitors from the back side of the motherboard of a broken CECHC04 and the console managed to boot and play PS2 and PS1 games just fine. However, once I tried PS3 games, the console died on me again. So I assumed I could try to replace the rest of the capacitors as well as I have like 40 spares left.

After replacing the second pair of capacitors of the back of the motherboard, the isolating tape I used to protect the surrounding areas of the motherboard actually pulled out a small component (which I guess is a capacitor). It fell to the ground and I haven't been able to find it.

The piece is small but I am sure I can replace it with some patience and time, but I just have no clue of what replacement/compatible piece I should look for to do the trick. Do you guys know what this component is, or where I can find some information about it? Thank you in advance, I can't wait to play my PS3 games as I never had this console when I was younger.

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Hello everyone. Recently I replaced the first pair of the capacitors from the back side of the motherboard of a broken CECHC04 and the console managed to boot and play PS2 and PS1 games just fine. However, once I tried PS3 games, the console died on me again. So I assumed I could try to replace the rest of the capacitors as well as I have like 40 spares left.

After replacing the second pair of capacitors of the back of the motherboard, the isolating tape I used to protect the surrounding areas of the motherboard actually pulled out a small component (which I guess is a capacitor). It fell to the ground and I haven't been able to find it.

The piece is small but I am sure I can replace it with some patience and time, but I just have no clue of what replacement/compatible piece I should look for to do the trick. Do you guys know what this component is, or where I can find some information about it? Thank you in advance, I can't wait to play my PS3 games as I never had this console when I was younger.

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Wow great job looks clean better than my install. Yes you have to replace them all. As for the small component, without a Schematic. You will have test that component with a MultiMeter. If it’s black it’s a resistor, test the resistance. If it’s brown, it’s a capacitor will need to be tested with an ESR Meter. As for your situation, since it’s black. You will have to check the resistance of other nearby resistors, which are likely to be of a same value. Or take one off another PS3 motherboard and solder it onto this. Do not power it on without it. Best way to test is to desolder another nearby component off and check the resistance of that. Looks like it might be of a 0402 size. I recommend finding some suppliers online and message them with the value that it shows on the Multimeter. They should be of better help since they’re likely to be experts.
 
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my 80gb fat PS3's CPU is reaching 90ºC in 5-10 minutes :'( I tried the eraser trick two times and it improved somewhat, but it still overheats even when idle. I'll try it one more time with a thicker piece.
I've seen many, many, MANY horror stories with delidding, so I hope I won't need to do it. Great guide though, got to keep those Ps3 alive!
 

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my 80gb fat PS3's CPU is reaching 90ºC in 5-10 minutes :'( I tried the eraser trick two times and it improved somewhat, but it still overheats even when idle. I'll try it one more time with a thicker piece.
I've seen many, many, MANY horror stories with delidding, so I hope I won't need to do it. Great guide though, got to keep those Ps3 alive!

It needs a delid. There are delid services out there but i don’t think trying to do all that on an 80gb is worth the effort. I would look for an already delided 60gb unit if i were you.
 
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Have you tried replacing the thermal paste?
Yes as you can see in the guide, i delidded it with fresh new paste. But it still kind of runs hot. I will be switching to the performance ones like Thermal Grizzly or Thermal Right also will replace the thermal pads from those brands and will post the difference in temps here. MX4 isn’t good enough for this system.
 
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Yes as you can see in the guide, i delidded it with fresh new paste. But it still kind of runs hot. I will be switching to the performance ones like Thermal Grizzly or Thermal Right also will replace the thermal pads from those brands and will post the difference in temps here. MX4 isn’t good enough for this system.
Maybe your fan is worn and isn't moving enough air?
 

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Post a photo of the thermal paste immediately after removal of the board. High temps after delidding suggests that you did not have proper balance on the IHS(es). I recommend applying thermal paste on the IHS first. Then rest them on their respective chips (no paste on the chips yet), and finally lay on the main heatsink. Do this with just the board and heatsink/metal shroud (outside of the shell). This will affix the IHS(es) to the heatsink. Remove the motherboard and then adjust the IHS(es) for balance. They should have adhered to the heatsink at this point. Finish up by putting paste onto the chips themselves and install everything back.

This is the order in which I did my re-install of components. The first time I did it by putting paste on the chips first, then laying the IHS(es) onto the chips, and finally added thermal paste on top of the IHS. What ended up happening was that the IHS(es) became off balanced on top of the chips (not enough surface area to hold the IHS(es) in place). Thus the IHS(es) would "float" unbalanced between the chips and the main heatsink. Doing it the way I described above allows the IHS(es) to get good surface area adhesion to the heatsinks (resulting in good heat transfer) and you can easily adjust their balancing.
 
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Post a photo of the thermal paste immediately after removal of the board. High temps after delidding suggests that you did not have proper balance on the IHS(es). I recommend applying thermal paste on the IHS first. Then rest them on their respective chips (no paste on the chips yet), and finally lay on the main heatsink. Do this with just the board and heatsink/metal shroud (outside of the shell). This will affix the IHS(es) to the heatsink. Remove the motherboard and then adjust the IHS(es) for balance. They should have adhered to the heatsink at this point. Finish up by putting paste onto the chips themselves and install everything back.

This is the order in which I did my re-install of components. The first time I did it by putting paste on the chips first, then laying the IHS(es) onto the chips, and finally added thermal paste on top of the IHS. What ended up happening was that the IHS(es) became off balanced on top of the chips (not enough surface area to hold the IHS(es) in place). Thus the IHS(es) would "float" unbalanced between the chips and the main heatsink. Doing it the way I described above allows the IHS(es) to get good surface area adhesion to the heatsinks (resulting in good heat transfer) and you can easily adjust their balancing.

Yes i did install the paste on the chips and then the IHS. Thanks for the comment, will do it the other way around.
 
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