How to Replace My PlayStation 3 Ethernet Port

Written by jerry garner
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PlayStation 3 video game consoles are equipped with an Ethernet port, which allows you to play games against others via the Internet. If the PlayStation says the cable is not connected when it is, or when the green light is not blinking, you most likely have a faulty Ethernet port that needs to be replaced. Replacing this port is a routine procedure that does not require any specific engineering skills.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Silver solder
  • Soldering iron

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the PS3 from the main electrical supply.

  2. 2

    Look carefully at the body of the PS3. You will see a rubber foot at the left side. Force it to open using a screwdriver. Underneath the rubber foot is the first screw that has to be removed. A screwdriver with a flat head can be used.

  3. 3

    Remove the top of the PS3. It can be slid open now that the screw has been removed. Angle it to the left, and then it can be taken straight out.

  4. 4

    Remove the additional cover screws. There will be another cover secured by seven screws. Remove them all. There may be one or two small tension clips at the back. Remove them also. The back corners of the PS3 can be removed now.

  5. 5

    Remove the remaining tension clips. There are five more clips that have to be removed to get the back cover off. You will be able to see three on one side and remaining two on the other side.

  6. 6

    Use a soldering iron to remove the old Ethernet port from the motherboard. The motherboard will have the Ethernet port soldered onto it. Remove the solder points and get the old Ethernet port out.

  7. 7

    Solder the new Ethernet port onto the motherboard. Place it in the same position the original port was located at. Use a silver-based solder, which conducts electricity better than other kinds.

  8. 8

    Replace the cover and screw everything back in its place. Plug in the cables and reconnect to the power supply.

Tips and warnings

  • If your PlayStation 3 is less than one year old, the repair may be covered under the manufacturer's warranty. If so, you can simply take your console to an authorised repair shop to have the Ethernet port changed.
  • If you are opening the unit for the first time, you may need to push and pull with a bit of force.

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