If you are having a problem with controllers syncing up to your ps3 system you could have a bad RF board. The RF boards go bad in about 10% of consoles and without a good RF board your system won’t be able to sync to any PS3 controllers (unless the controller is plugged in) and in some cases you won’t be able to use your wireless antenna to connect to the internet. The good news is the RF board is very easy to change out since it is one of the first things you remove when taking apart your PS3. Today I’ll show you how to switch out a RF board.
Remove your PS3 lid and top casing so you see this:
The part circled is your RF board, this is the part that will need to be replaced. In most cases there are four screws holding down the RF board and one screw holding down the wifi antenna. You can remove the cable going from the wifi antenna to the RF board if your replacement board didn’t come with an antenna and just use your old antenna with your new board. The RF board plugs into the motherboard with a ribbon cable that sits underneath the RF board. Just lift the board out and disconnect the cable and then just replace the board with a new one.
When you’ve replaced the board attempt to sync your controller to the system. If your controller syncs up check to make sure your wifi antenna works by searching for access points. If both work fine close up your PS3 and you’re done. Happy gaming!