SCPH-70012 PS2 slim teardown guide

I haven’t posted a console teardown guide on this blog yet, mostly because they are difficult to make. I recently took apart my PS2 slim for the first time, and took pictures along the way to create this guide. My goal is to have a PS2 slim teardown guide that’s more complete than the others available online.

This was the first time I had ever taken apart a PS2 slim, and I hadn’t looked up any guides online. I found the process of taking apart the system to be very easy, this guide should help you better put back together the system by following these steps in reverse.

As you can see in the pictures the PS2 is pretty dirty. After taking the console apart I cleaned it. I have another guide on how to clean a video game console that will be published soon. I’ll update this post with a link once the console cleaning guide is published.

Step 1 – Top plastic housing removal

To begin you’ll need to remove the six screw hole covers from the bottom of the PS2 as shown in the picture below. I find these are easiest to remove by prying with a very small flat head screwdriver. With the screwdriver you can also cut the warranty sticker along the seam.

Screw hole covers

With the screw hole covers removed, you can unscrew the six screws shown below.

Bottom screws

Below are the the empty holes once the six screws have been removed.

Bottom screws removed

Below are the six screws. They are all the same size, so you don’t need to keep track of which hole they came out of.

Bottom screws

With the screws removed you can carefully wiggle the top plastic housing off of the rest of the PS2. It’s tricky to remove, but as long as you are careful you won’t break anything. You can see the top housing, and the components underneath in the image below.

Top cover removed

Step 2 – Bottom plastic housing removal

With the top plastic housing removed you can now separate the bottom plastic housing from the PS2. You will first need to find and remove the screw near the memory card and controller ports shown below.

Memory card screw position

Below is a closer look at that screw.

Memory card screw position closer

Below is with the screw removed.

Removed memory card screw

This screw is different from the others, so keep track of it.

Memory card screw

You can now just lift up on some of the ports to lift the PS2 board from the bottom plastic housing. Below is an image of the plastic housing once removed.

Bottom plastic housing

Step 3 – Bottom metal plate screws

There are four screws on the bottom metal plate that need to be removed. The positions of the screws are labeled below.

Bottom metal plate screw locations

Below is an image of the plate with three of the four screws removed. I removed the fourth screw in the bottom left later because I missed it, but it makes sense to remove all four of these at the same time.Bottom metal plate screws removed

You can see the four screws below. They are all the same, so you can keep them together if you’d like. I put them in four separate labeled spaces to keep track of them.

Bottom metal plate screws

Step 4 – Disc drive assembly removal

To remove the disc drive assembly you’ll need to remove the four screws that are pictured below.

Disc drive assembly

Once the screws are removed, you’ll need to remove the three ribbon cables. The top and bottom ribbon cables are removed by simply pulling the cables upwards. The middle ribbon cable is removed by pushing the clip to the unlocked position. The ribbon cable in the middle is glued to the metal plate, so you’ll need to carefully peel it off.

When putting the PS2 back together make sure that the middle ribbon cable is properly adhered back to the metal plate to prevent it from getting caught on something when a disc is inserted.Disc drive assembly removed screws

Below is a picture of the disc drive assembly area with the assembly removed.

Removed disc drive assembly

The disc drive assembly’s four screws are identical, so you can store┬áthem together. I didn’t disassemble the disc drive assembly any further, but if that’s something anyone is interested in, leave a comment and I’ll look into making a post on the topic.

Disc drive assembly screws

Step 5 – Bottom metal plate removal

The bottom metal plate is now being held in by just a single screw. That screw can be found where the drive assembly was previously located as seen in the picture below.

Screw underneath disc drive assembly

Below is a picture of that screw removed.

Screw underneath disc drive assembly

I placed this screw in a new place to keep track of it.

Screw underneath disc drive assembly

With that screw removed you can lift the bottom metal housing off of the PS2 board to reveal the bottom of the motherboard.

Bottom metal plate removed

Step 6 – Modem board removal

You can now remove the power button board. It’s connected by a ribbon cable that can be removed by lifting upwards.

Power button board

There are two screws that hold the modem board to the PS2 board.

Modem board

Below is an image showing the modem board with the screws removed.

Modem board screws removed

The modem board can now be lifted out of its socket.

Removed modem board

I placed the two identical modem board screws into two new places.

Modem board screws

07 – Fan removal

You can remove the fan from the board by removing three screws, and unplugging the fan connector.

Fan

Below is an image of the fan with the three screws removed.

Fan screws removed

You can now lift the fan to remove it from the board.

Fan removed

Below is an image of the three identical fan screws.

Fan screws

Step 8 – Top metal plate removal

Before you can remove the top metal plate you’ll need to remove the battery.

Battery

The battery is removed by simply unplugging it from the board. This is a component that may need to be replaced, since these batteries die eventually.

Battery removal

With the battery unplugged you can pull the top metal plate from the board to reveal the top of the motherboard.

Top metal plate removed

09 – Back of disc drive lid

This is where most of the other guides online stop. I’ll be continuing and removing all of the plastic components from the outer plastic shell. I’m starting with the back of the disc drive lid area.

Disc lid components

I removed the three screws shown in the pictures above and below.

Disc lid components

You can then remove the metal tab from the right side.

Disc lid metal tab

The metal tab on the left side can also be removed.Disc lid metal tab

You can see the removed metal tabs and screws below.

Disc lid screws

There is a spring that connects to a piece that stops the disc from spinning when the tray is opened. Lift upwards on the plastic piece.

Disc lid spring

You can then remove the spring.

Disc lid spring

I wasn’t able to remove the plastic piece, but it came out on its own once the lid was removed in a later step.

Disc lid spring

10 – Front of disc drive lid

Towards the front of the disc drive lid you’ll see a plastic latch that needs removed.

Front of disc lid

Start by sliding the latch.

Front of disc lid

You can then lift the latch out away from the rest of the shell, and remove the spring.

Front of disc lid spring

You’re left with a spring, and the plastic latch.

Front of disc lid spring removed

11 – Disc drive lid removal

You can now remove the disc drive lid by carefully prying at the tabs on either side of the hinge. It should pop right out with a little bit of prying.

Disc drive lid removed

When I removed the lid the disc stopper popped out of place. There was also a spring that fell out that I didn’t notice until later, so I don’t have any pictures. It’s the spring that pushes the disc drive lid out when the eject latch is released.

Disc stopper

12 – Memory card flap removal

The final step is to remove the memory card flaps. You should be able to flip them up, and pull them out.

Memory card flaps

Be careful since the plastic is very thin and flimsy. They should just snap right out.

Memory card flaps

You can see the two memory card flaps that have been removed in the image below.

Memory card flaps

Conclusion

After following all of the steps above you should have a fully disassembled PS2 slim. You should be able to follow the steps in reverse to put your PS2 back together. I included pictures of the screws along the way to help you remember which screws belong where.

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