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I think my PS3 is dying!
Posted 04/14/2011 2:37 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I have a launch day 60GB PS3 "fat". It's seen pretty light duty since I've bought it, but now lately the cooling fan has been kicking up to high speed quite often. Twice now, after long sessions, GT5 has frozen during the track loading screen when I enter a race. Grrr.

I don't yet have a YLOD, but it seems like it may be imminent if action is not taken. I'm very familiar with building PCs, and have been contemplating taking my PS3 apart to see whether the thermal compound has broken down. Has anyone ever done this with their 60GB PS3 "fat"?

I've also seen various posts and videos on people "reflowing" their PS3. I'm not sure about this. The process involves taking a heat gun to the PCB, which to me seems asinine.
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Posted 04/15/2011 2:13 AM Post a reply Quote this post View Draghon's info
This is why I'd like to see a liquid cooled console system....have you tried putting the system in an open cooler with Ice on the bottom and the PS3 obviously propped up so as not to touch the Ice/water? I used to do that with my PSX but they got so cheap at one point I just bought a bunch...
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Posted 04/15/2011 12:35 PM Post a reply Quote this post View NissanAddicted's info
Have u done a fan test or taken the vacum to it on blow cycle to clean it out. after awhile it gets a little dusty an needs to be cleaned out. ii had the same problem with my 500g fat but once i took the vacum to it an did the fan test i had no problems an clean it once a month with the vacum. My new problem is my 360 gets hott like an oven so I stick a laptop cooler on top an it seems to work Big Grin
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well....
Posted 04/17/2011 1:06 PM Post a reply Quote this post View DjWess's info
I did put in artic silver compound in my ps3 fat and it didn't do it again. However we end up getting the 120gb slim because my bro decided to put in 3 games at once which made it to where we couldn't fix it anymore.
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Posted 04/17/2011 6:50 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Draghon's info
DjWess wrote:
I did put in artic silver compound in my ps3 fat and it didn't do it again. However we end up getting the 120gb slim because my bro decided to put in 3 games at once which made it to where we couldn't fix it anymore.


1 word, damn........
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Posted 04/18/2011 11:04 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
It would be very, very sad if my PS3 broke down. I've owned almost every major console back to the Atari VCS/2600, and none of them have broken on me thus far.

Ok, well there's no way in hell I'm getting my PS3 near water, Draghon!

The fan is running fine, albeit it kicks into high speed mode very quickly. I cleaned out the vents with compressed air / vacuum, and that seemed to help a bit, but the unit is still getting crazy hot. I do that once in awhile, but it has been some months since the last time I did it. I haven't seen any glitches or freezes in the last couple days at least.

At this point I suspect the original thermal paste is all but dried up. I've seen many, many pictures of the craptastic job done with thermal paste application during initial assembly. I just ran out of AS on my last build, and so need to go pick some up. I'll do that soon and tear down this old bastard to get some decent thermal compound installed.

Thanks for the responses, guys!
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Posted 04/24/2011 1:57 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
Well I ended up tearing down my PS3 and replacing the thermal compound on the RSX and Cell processors. The interior design is pretty cool, and it was fun to poke around in there and see how everything is arranged. It took me about 4 hours start to finish, but I was taking my time. It was really fairly simple, and anyone who has built PCs in the past would be at home.

I'm glad I did it, because the original compound was all dried out and there were a ton of air gaps between the processors and heat sinks. I'm happy to report that my PS3 now runs much cooler and the fan hasn't yet kicked up above what I'll refer to as "medium" speed (as opposed to jet engine speed).
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Posted 05/02/2011 4:01 AM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
Nice job kerr, I also have a FAT60GB ps3 but the HDD has been replaced with a 320GB HDD

One question, this vaccum cleaning thing... does it really work or make a difference?

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Posted 05/02/2011 11:15 AM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
This is completely anecdotal, but I did feel that vacuuming made a marginal difference. The real difference, though, was after applying the new thermal compound.

As far as HDDs go, a couple days later I replaced my 60GB HDD with a 80GB SSD. The SSD is fast when loading GT5 tracks, and the menu transitions are much snappier. Tons of vids on YouTube have side by side comparisons, and I can corroborate that the difference is really that dramatic.
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Posted 05/02/2011 6:24 PM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
^ oh very nice, you might like to read this then mate:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-ps3-hard-drive-upgrade-guide

Some interesting reading....

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Posted 05/03/2011 8:22 AM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
Thanks for the link, GT2000. I read similar articles before installing my SSD. If anyone can afford the exorbitant cost of an SSD, it is completely worth it for GT5 players.
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