What's Inside? #6: Sony Play-Station! (Taking Apart Electronic Devices)


Introduction: What's Inside? #6: Sony Play-Station! (Taking Apart Electronic Devices)

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I just found a PS2 (Play Station 2) on my way home from school!

Let's take it apart!

This will be a pretty short "What's Inside" episode, Not like my last one " What's Inside? #5: 1250W LG Microwave?", Which has 15 steps...

Step 1: Circuit Boards

Both sides of the main circuit board, Isn't this amazing?

And yes, This was made in the year 2000!

Step 2: Motors!

You might recognize these motors if you've ever taken apart a CD/DISK reader...

Step 3: More PCB's +The Cutest Electrolytic Capacitor Ever!

Isn't this the cutest electrolytic capacitor ever? I don't see anything that really interesting except for this fat little capacitor :) !

Step 4: Cooling It Off- Heat-Sinks, a Fan, and Thermal Conducting Pads

The heat-sinks look pretty cool, I will keep them but I'm not sure if I will be able to use it because of their weird shape...

I don't know what voltage the fan needs because the it's not written anywhere on the fan...

The thermal conducting pads feel and look (in my opinion) like really high quality material, Which I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be surprised because Play-Stations are supposed to be built pretty well, Aren't they?

Step 5: Extremely Powerful Neodymium Magnets

I had to put them this far apart on my hand while taking the picture so they wouldn't stick together

These is the same kind of magnet that I used for one of my other projects " The Ultimate Magnetic Pegboard!",

They are shown in picture 2 of step 7.

Step 6: Laser+Camera Module

It was almost impossible to take a good picture of this, Inside of this tiny part, there is a laser and a camera.

Step 7: Two Connectors and a Switch

An HP connector (The black one), Another random connector (White), And a switch.

Step 8: Thank You for Watching!

Thank You for watching and I hope you enjoyed this "What's Inside" Instructable!

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If you've found that I've made a mistake, Please point it out so I can fix it :)

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    13 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I think every one of us knows what the small red PCB on the main circuit board is used for… :-)

    5 replies

    Nope,I don't.

    Something that involves copying the disk? Reset? Hacked PS2? Fake PS2?

    I'm guessing...

    If I remember correctly, it's a mod chip that allows you to play home made and pirated games. All the old consoles can be modded with some form of this chip.

    Yep, I was right. This one in particular lets you play games from other countries other than the one the PS2 was made for (so for example, if this was a Japanese model, you could then play US and European games on it).

    That makes sense, Do people buy it this way, Or do people have to DIT (DIY but Do It Themselves)

    You buy the chip separately, and then you solder it to some of the other chips. There was one console, I don't remember which one, but you could get the same mod just by cutting a wire instead of using a mod chip. The thing about mod chips is that 1)Using one voids the warranty big time, 2)You could get console banned if the company found out, and 3)If you do it incorrectly, you will ruin your game console. I don't know why someone would just leave this out on the street. I'd at least remove the mod chip first so I can still use it. But then again, I found an old laptop on the sidewalk that was just missing a few keys. And then my middle school English Teacher gave me another laptop saying it was dead. I charged the battery and it booted up just fine, so that was my main computer for about 3 years until it died of overheating. But it was a good thing I had my desktop working then.

    Very interesting and keep up the projects! I compliment you for your curiosity! Hope you find projects to use your new-to-you used parts!

    1 reply

    Thank you so much for the compliments!

    I'm doing my best to upload as much as I can, But since school started, I haven't been able to do that very often...

    I will definitely use one of the components from here, That's the reason that I take apart electronic devices, Isn't it? (except for the fact that it's fun)

    I'm glad you took apart yours so I don't end up taking mine apart.

    Awesome tear down! really interesting to see whats inside these old devices :P

    1 reply

    Thank You! Happy to hear that there are people that like my Instructables ;)

    You might notice that the date shown incorrectly (2013), I noticed this only after the taking all of the pictures :(

    Hope this doesn't ruin the Instructable too much!