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I have an original PS3 with Backward Compatibility for my library of PS2 games that I've had repaired twice previously (once for a DVD that I mangled and once for the YLOD). Getting this to a store 15 miles away and then picking it up the next day is a real hassle and costly. I found a couple of redneck repairs online that I didn't trust along with ifixit repair guide. After watching the repair video I figured it wasn't any harder that much harder than the repairs I'd done on computers and consoles in the past.
The repair took a bit more time than I thought it would as was very careful about keeping track of where everything went. I did end up with one extra screw that I held onto. I got a bit careless with the application of the thermal paste and the repair failed after several marathon sessions of Disgea 3. I then ordered additional thermal pads and paste (the 5 pack no tools kit) and tore my beloved console apart again. This time I kept all the screws with their corresponding parts and saw why my 1st repair failed. I'd botched the application of thermal paste. With a correct application of the thermal paste and all the screws in place My PS3 is running like new.
Pay close attention to the application of thermal paste getting this right is the key to a successful repair. Clear off enough workspace to lay each part out with it's corresponding screws and it's easier to keep track of them. (The superglue on the table in my picture was not used in this project)