Sony Playstation 1 Doesn’t Spin

The PlayStation 3 Slim is an updated version of the PS3 game console made by Sony Computer Entertainment, replacing the PlayStation 2. It was released on November 11, 2006. Sony has radically changed the design of the console, making it more elegant and attractive. Let’s find out what is inside her.

Sony Playstation 1 Doesn't Spin


This article is not a guide to action! All responsibility for collecting and disassembling your device lies with you.
Many manufacturers do not have warranty obligations if the device was disassembled by the user. If you do not want to lose the warranty on your device, check the warranty conditions in the documentation or from the device manufacturer.

Used tools


The prefix is โ€‹โ€‹here, in our hands! The PS3 Slim box, like the device itself, has become thinner.


In addition to the PS3 Slim console, we got accessories:

  • Sixaxis DualShock 3 controller
  • RCA cable (tulip)
  • USB cable
  • power cord
  • quick start guide and user guide
  • Blu-ray disc
  • one of the game ratings guides for which everyone [censored].


On the left side of the front panel are two USB ports and LED indicators for the hard drive and Wi-Fi.

On the right side of the front panel there is a Blu-ray disc slot, power button and CD eject button.

On the rear panel are a LAN connector, an HDMI port, a digital audio output, an AV MULTI OUT connector (RCA or component), and a new power connector.

Owners of the previous generation PS3 consoles will notice the lack of a power button on the rear panel. Now for inclusion is only a button on the front panel.


Now let’s move on to the tastiest. And let’s start with the hard drive.
Under the cap shown in the picture, there is a blue screw with a cross-shaped slot. We unscrew this screw.

Then remove the hard drive cover.


The hard drive holder has a special metal handle. Pull the handle and pull the disc out of the bay.

Here it is, the 120 GB Toshiba hard drive in all its glory. We have a feeling that it can be easily replaced with a 500 GB drive


Then you need to unscrew 3 anti-vandal screws from the bottom panel of the PS3 slim using a special T8 size screwdriver.

You ask, what else is this? Vandal-proof screws? Yes exactly. These screws are made with a pin in the middle so that they cannot be removed with a regular screwdriver-sprocket. Special sprocket screwdrivers for anti-vandal screws are also sold, but not as common as regular ones.

Sony came up with this trick so that people like us couldn’t take it apart.

It seems that the device has only 3 such anti-vandal T8 screws, the rest with a cross-shaped slot.

Perhaps this will sound somewhat malevolent, but breaking into iron is a beautiful American tradition.


We remove the warranty seal.

Pry and remove the screw plugs.


From the bottom panel of the console you need to unscrew 7 screws using a Phillips screwdriver (circled in the picture).

Interestingly, under the rubber plug in the upper right corner of the bottom panel of the PS3 there was no screw. Imagine our amazement!


Turn the PS3 console upside down.

We remove the panel, a little more

Done! We see a MEGA FAN!

This monster with a voltage of 12 V and a current of 13 A can compete with the best desktop fans. Sony did not stint.


Huge fan and controller antennas close-up.

This brushless DC motor is pretty standard for fans in similar devices. Brushless motors are quieter than traditional, but require precise computer control. However, this fan is not with the magnetic levitation system that Apple uses.

Three-dimensional design Bluetooth and WLAN antennas are attached to the bottom of the case with Phillips screws.


We disconnect 2 cables of the power supply unit.

The input cable does not have a third grounding pin, which is surprising for a device with a power of almost 250 watts.


We remove the power supply.

It is much smaller than the power supply of the original PS3 console and supposedly has improved temperature characteristics.

To the great relief of users all over the world, the power supply is designed for a supply voltage of 100-240 V AC.


Let’s take this new power supply apart.

This is a surprisingly compact device. It will be interesting to evaluate its heat dissipation.

This little thing gives out 18 amperes at a voltage of 12 V of alternating current! Take care of your fingers!


This is the biggest fan we’ve come across in appliances of this size.
Sony takes the cooling issue very seriously.

The impeller diameter of about 95 mm with 17 blades was clearly designed for quiet operation. It is extremely rigid and supposedly made of plastic based on acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene.


Antenna and power cables are secured with tape strips.

Zealously tear off this tape.


We pry the connector with a plastic spatula and disconnect the cable.

Unscrew the screw next.


Remove the Blu-ray disc drive.
This drive is quite large and takes up a lot of space inside the PS3.

We disassembled the drive and found that it was apparently Sony‘s proprietary part.


Disconnect a few more connectors and unscrew a number of screws.

In its aesthetics, the design of this device is somewhat minimalistic compared to Apple, but still beautiful in its own way.

Several components, including the power connector, are held in the device only by screwing the upper and lower panels.


Unscrew a few more screws, and you can remove the system board!


We unscrew several screws that secure the electromagnetic shields.

Two identical holders in the picture serve to tightly press the processors in the middle to the radiators.


Detach metal plates to protect against electromagnetic interference from the system board


That’s what we got! We took the PlayStation 3 Slim to pieces.

Counterclockwise, from left to right:
power supply, motherboard, hard drive, electromagnetic shield, radiator, fan, Blu-ray drive, controller and plastic case.


Disassembly is complete, but we still want to analyze the information about the motherboard.

So, the motherboard. Sony made it green to emphasize the company’s commitment to environmental protection.

The first time we see this: after removing the thermal paste from the radiator, there are stains that look like frosty patterns. The thermal paste may have been applied too much or it has been unevenly distributed.

Take a look: this is just some kind of fractal pattern!


The Cell processor looks just great.

We thought it impossible to synthesize reality, but the RSX chip (manufactured by Acura ?!) refutes this.
Marked on the chip: RSX Reality Synthesizer CXD2991EGB 0916HFZ 114477.


Parts for various purposes are made by various manufacturers. In the following picture, we see 2 of 4 NEC / TOKIN 0e108 capacitors.

Dual Elpida 512 Mb RAM chips (there are 4 on the board).

In the following picture, from left to right:

  • Marvell Ethernet controller (circled in red)
  • Panasonic HDMI controller (circled in orange)
  • Sony AV multi-out controller (circled in yellow)


But hey, that’s not all!
Clock Generators, from left to right:

  • Timing Generator (1): ICS 9249AGLF (circled in red)
  • Timing Generator (2): ICS 1493DG (circled in orange)
  • Samsung K8Q2815UQB-PI4B
  • SW2-301 0920KMOOT
  • Sony CXD9963G8


We put the latest iPod Shuffle on top of the processor for comparison. The Shuffle player is a little longer, but overall the processor takes up a much larger area.

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