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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the motherboard on your Sony Playstation 4.

The motherboard and optical drive are paired, thus replacing only the motherboard will result in a non-functioning device. Be sure to order the correct paired optical drive and motherboard for your PS4 model and replace both.

Unplug your PS4 before beginning any repairs.

  1. Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover. Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side. Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.
    • Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover.

    • Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side.

    • Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.

  2. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.5 mm screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.

  3. Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.
    • Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure.

    • Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.

  4. Flip the PS4 upside-down with the back side facing towards you.
    • Flip the PS4 upside-down with the back side facing towards you.

  5. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws. Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws.
    • Use tweezers to remove the two stickers in the center of the back of the PS4 exposing two case screws.

  6. Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws. Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws.
    • Use tweezers to carefully remove the plastic screw covers in each corner, exposing two more case screws.

  7. Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4. Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4.
    • Remove the four 7.2 mm Torx security screws on the back of the PS4.

    I only have two screws, those in the middle of the console.

    Oscar Martinez - Réponse

    Have you removed the plastic covers mentioned in the previous step? That will expose the other two screws.

    Sam Omiotek -

    same, here. there are only the middle screws, no covers or screws on the sides. and it sits pretty tight

    Johannes Müller - Réponse

    turns out 12XX models are different. Look at this for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpr0z0ve...

    Johannes Müller - Réponse

  8. Use your thumbs to lift the lower case up and off the PS4. The lower case is held into place by plastic clips. You may need to use significant force to release the lower case.
    • Use your thumbs to lift the lower case up and off the PS4.

    • The lower case is held into place by plastic clips. You may need to use significant force to release the lower case.

  9. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the power supply cable straight out and disconnect the power supply unit from the motherboard. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the power supply cable straight out and disconnect the power supply unit from the motherboard.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the power supply cable straight out and disconnect the power supply unit from the motherboard.

  10. Remove three 9.7 mm Torx security screws. Remove two 41 mm Phillips screws and brackets.
    • Remove three 9.7 mm Torx security screws.

    • Remove two 41 mm Phillips screws and brackets.

  11. Lift the power supply straight up and out of the PS4. The power supply is held firmly in place by prongs on the left side. It may take multiple attempts to remove it. During reassembly, ensure the prongs are aligned, then press the power supply into place.
    • Lift the power supply straight up and out of the PS4.

    • The power supply is held firmly in place by prongs on the left side. It may take multiple attempts to remove it.

    • During reassembly, ensure the prongs are aligned, then press the power supply into place.

    How do you remove the battery wires? I’ve personally been wiggling it to no effect, is there a certain way i have to pull it out, and should i pull it out of the power supply or the console?

    Tubby - Réponse

  12. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from the motherboard.

    dumb question but I’m very new to this. when reconnecting the wifi antenna, does it just click back on? I'm hesitant to try this procedure if I need to solder anything since I have zero experience.

    cliodhna - Réponse

    Yup! Hold it in place and press straight down on top of it with your finger or a spudger. If you have any other cable/connector questions see this guide.

    Sam Omiotek -

  13. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grab the antenna cable and move it out from the cable guides.

  14. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to thread the antenna cable out from underneath the optical drive cable.

  15. Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna. Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna.
    • Remove the 9.7 mm Torx security screw securing the antenna.

  16. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna. Remove the Wi-Fi antenna.
    • Remove the Wi-Fi antenna.

  17. Use your fingernail to press down on the metal release lever of the ribbon cable on top of the optical drive. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab. You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.
    • Use your fingernail to press down on the metal release lever of the ribbon cable on top of the optical drive.

    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab.

    • You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.

    Please note that the younger generations of PS4 have a different setup of connectors to the driver, its sometimes 3 of these as presented but with different sizes and no pad to press down. However, dont be alarmed, just use the pair of tweezers and gently pull them off the connectors of the motherboard. Grab on tight on the blue area of the ribbon cable and pull gently! They tend to sit tight so take some time and patience on this.

    Mathias Kopp - Réponse

  18. Use your fingernail to press down the metal release lever for the ribbon cable connected to the motherboard. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab. Set the ribbon cable aside for reassembly.
    • Use your fingernail to press down the metal release lever for the ribbon cable connected to the motherboard.

    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the black tab.

    • Set the ribbon cable aside for reassembly.

    • You do not need to press the metal lever when inserting the ribbon cable back in. You will hear a click once it is fully inserted.

  19. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard.
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to disconnect the optical drive cable from the motherboard.

  20. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place. Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place.
    • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the optical drive cable from the cable guides that hold it in place.

  21. Remove the four screws securing the optical drive. Three 9.7 mm Torx screws
    • Remove the four screws securing the optical drive.

    • Three 9.7 mm Torx screws

    • One 6.2 mm Phillips screw

  22. Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4. Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4.
    • Lift the optical drive straight up and out of the PS4.

  23. Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case. Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case.
    • Remove the two 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper case.

  24. Lift the upper case up and back to remove it from the PS4. The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them. The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them.
    • Lift the upper case up and back to remove it from the PS4.

    • The upper case in held in place by plastic tabs on the front side. It will take significant force to separate them.

    “Significant force” is a bit of an understatement. It’s like it’s superglued together..

    Wouter Rietberg - Réponse

    You absolutely should not need a lot of force for this. In the picture above, press upward using the left thumb from under the outer lip of the cover. You may need to pull it slightly toward you as well. Once that half is lifted, the right-hand side is still firmly attached. Keeping the left-hand side of the top separated, flip the unit over. Along the right-hand side, press the outside lip with your thumb about 2 thumb-widths down from the corner. There is a tab here and once released, the cover comes off easily and off in the back. Otherwise, you’ll be placing stress vertically (and rotationally) on the first tab on the side.

    Donovan Ray - Réponse

    I appreciate this feedback – thank you. This sounds like a safer method. I’ll test it on our guide unit and update the procedure.

    Sam Omiotek -

  25. Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield. Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield.
    • Remove the twelve 9.7 mm Torx screws securing the upper EMI shield.

    In my PS4, there is a small black Philips screw behind where the power lead connects to the motherboard. That screw connects the EMI shield to the inner metal where the power supply sits.

    Wouter Rietberg - Réponse

    I had exactly the same thing, and mine is a fairly old model of PS4. Confused me for a moment until I spotted it.

    Tom G -

  26. This step shows you how to properly unscrew the pressure plate. Remove the two 15.6 mm Phillips screws. Gradually unscrew the pressure plate by turning each screw one half turn at a time.
    • This step shows you how to properly unscrew the pressure plate.

    • Remove the two 15.6 mm Phillips screws.

    • Gradually unscrew the pressure plate by turning each screw one half turn at a time.

    • Alternate between the two screws to maintain even pressure on the pressure plate.

    • Do not unscrew one side completely before unscrewing the other side or you may damage the processor.

    why does my PS4 have some metal thing attaching the plate to the metal beneath it?

    Beetroot - Réponse

    My PS4 also has 2 metal rings around each screw hole and 4 metal pieces 2 on each side closing in the same shape as the pressure plate as you take the pressure plate off?

    Geoff King - Réponse

  27. Remove the pressure plate.
    • Remove the pressure plate.

  28. Remove the upper EMI shield. Remove the upper EMI shield.
    • Remove the upper EMI shield.

    This is the 2nd PS4 I have disassembled and on both units I have found there is a black Phillips screw securing the upper EMI shield. This should be mentioned in the teardown as the EMI shield cannot be removed completely without first removing this screw and you risk damaging the EMI shield in the process . To locate the screw turn the unit over and you will see a small black Phillips screw located near the power supply prongs. There will be a set of arrows pointing to the screw. Once you remove this screw then you can fully release the upper EMI shield.

    Geoff King - Réponse

    Ditto. This is my first time disassembling a PS4. EMI shield didn’t lift off easily on one corner. Noticed the black Phillips screw holding it in place. I scrolled up in the tutorial to see if I missed it. Easy enough.

    Kwan Park Tom - Réponse

  29. Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the fan cable and the motherboard. Twist the spudger to lift the connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the fan cable and the motherboard.

    • Twist the spudger to lift the connector straight up and disconnect it from the motherboard.

  30. Grab the edge of the motherboard on the front of the PS4. Lift the motherboard until the USB ports clear the PS4 case.
    • Grab the edge of the motherboard on the front of the PS4.

    • Lift the motherboard until the USB ports clear the PS4 case.

  31. Lift the motherboard out from the PS4. Apply a new layer of thermal paste to the processor before installing a motherboard using this guide. Failure to properly install new thermal paste will cause your PS4 to overheat.
    • Lift the motherboard out from the PS4.

    • Apply a new layer of thermal paste to the processor before installing a motherboard using this guide.

    • Failure to properly install new thermal paste will cause your PS4 to overheat.

    • Insert the I/O side of the Motherboard in first, then lower the other side in.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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14 commentaires

Regarding the three wire plug in step 20 - is there a good way to repair this piece if, say, you pulled the wires out of the connector by accident? is there a place to get a replacement part?

Ryan Statz - Réponse

I have tried to replace the hdmi port however being somewhat of an idiot I slipped and knocked off onto the little black squares just behind the port on the left hand side. Does anyone know what these are?

Geoff Parker - Réponse

contacts of the motherboard

lillarrypimp1993 -

You may be talking about capacitors that are critically important for the unit to function.

South30 -

You mean that little brown parts next to the desoldered HDMI port chip? Seems to be capaciators.

Check it with a multimeter: No connection through that parts: Capaciator, Connection through that parts: Coil

http://www.fingers-welt.de/imghost/up/20...

Sebastian Coenen -

Ok so I was taking mine apart, and while I was separating the ribbon wire from the optical drive during step 7, I broke the top off the connector by accident. I thought I could fix it with hot glue, but my ps4 doesn't read disks (at all, doesn't even know there's a disk in the drive). Is there a way to repair this without getting a new drive?

jonathanhart54 - Réponse

when I bought the replacement motherboard and optical drive and installed everything, I got a message saying connect USB with software update. Is this because I'm using my original hdd from my original mobo+ optical drive that is different from the hdd my replacement parts came with?

Quaymetsu - Réponse

Could you please tell me where you bought a replacement motherboard from as i've been looking everywhere!?

Roger flaps -

You cannot just replace the motherboard on a PS4. The motherboard is married to the logic board on the blu-ray drive. Swapping the motherboard without carrying over the original logic board will render the drive useless.

Will - Réponse

I’ve read along the guides that a BDP-020 optical drive can work with an SAA-001 motherboard, but mine still receives the CE-35888-2 error. Am I replacing the incorrect part?

Cristian Nickles - Réponse

Hi my ps4 has stopped working and doesnt turn on at all, ive tried different outlets and different power cables for the ps4, still no luck. Ive pulled it apart and had a look at the power supply board and mother board aswell as dusted it all out. The mother board has yellow stains/ dots near the hdmi port and some other random spots around the mother board. I have the first ps4.

Does anyone know whats wrong? Id rather fix it than pay for a new one.

Jared Breen - Réponse

Habe mall eine frage habe meine sauber gemacht die ps4.und jetzt geht die kurz an und wieder aus was kann ich machen jetzt

dst11 - Réponse

Hi all, I am facing this CE-34878-0 error on all games. Reinstalled the software, replaced the HDD and reinstalled latest software but this error is keep coming. What is the solution.

Salman Hameed - Réponse

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