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PS3 - Overheat issues?

ahleung Avatar
6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
My lovely 40gb PS3 which I've had for nearly 3 years seems as though it's on it's last legs....

It boots up ok and you can start playing games etc for about 5 mins and then 3-beeps later, it switches off and the power lights starts flashing red.. It's defo not a YLOD issue but I am guessing that it's more like a overheat issue.

I have it lying down and it has enough room for airflow. I have also opened up the PS3 up till the BD drive (not got the courage yet to delve deeper..) and used an air compressor to blow out as much dust but it still has the same issue... I also took out teh hard drive and used the air compressor on that as well but no joy.

Apart from opening up the PS3 even more, is there anything I can do? Has anyone experienced taking the PS3 to a repair shop/Sony to repair? Or just call it a day and upgrade? I could always cheekily box it up and sell it to a dealer as I guess they don't keep the console running for more than 5 mins while testing it.. But I'd rather keep it.. sentimental **** that I am.

Any suggestions?

ahleung
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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suspended#1
Probably best to reapply the thermal paste by yourself and see if that helps.
#2
Give Sony a ring and say it's about 2 years ago, kept it in excellent condition, not used it that much etc.

They might replace it for free.
#3
old*
#4
mine has just started to do this i think i will just get a new 1 when mine packs up.
#5
my old 40gb one did this a few times about a week or so before it gave me the YLOD, had mine only 2 years 2 months before it did that. Now have a 250gb ps3 that I bought after no luck getting anywhere with sony.. so this is my last thing I buy from sony ever if this one packs up and they won't repair/replace.
banned#6
Consoles just aren't made to last these days. EU laws and cost cutting has seen to that.
suspended#7
Wotwot123
Give Sony a ring and say it's about 2 years ago, kept it in excellent condition, not used it that much etc.

They might replace it for free.


No chance mate.
After 1 year you are on your own, and if you want a repair it's about £130 or something.
banned#8
Phone sony they will offer a " Re-manufactured Console " for £130

Straight swap for your old broken console for a new re manufactured one.

Gutting having to pay £££ to sony im having to do it with my 60gb console due to a smiler issue

( its the GPU thats buggered along with the heatsink thermal part ( Un-fixable )
#9
I've dealt with Sony before and u have to know how to talk to them - I rang when my 3 yr old console broke I said it was a couple of years old and I had no receipt - straight away -"well that's £120 for a repair then sir" I hung up left it a month got some advice on a forum then rang back with the same complaint said it was a gift at Christmas just gone -"no I haven't got the receipt and that's not my problem - your console is broken what are you going to do about fixing it?" the Sony guy asked if I definitely couldn't get the receipt I said no way and mentioned the fact that goods in the EU should be fit for purpose not screw up a few months after Xmas - he then offered to send a replacement console by next day courier - job done!

Just ring them and be firm and of course lie! dont tel them you have opened it either - dont worry they dont check when u send your fault one back either. The warranty starts from when u buy the console not from when it was made so they dont know when u bought it it could have sat in a warehouse for 3 years for all they know.
#10
... and with the re-manufactured (ie somebody else's "fixed" ps3", you only get 3 months warranty I believe, which is why when mine crashed on me I bought a new one. Ok so it's about double the £130, but you get 12 months warranty, which under fit for use should really extend to about 2 years... and like I said if mine dies on me again and sony refuse to do anything about it or can't get Game to repair/replace will see if I can get something done under trade laws and/or never buy a sony product again.... will move back onto PC gaming, simples.
suspended#11
@ Morgantor - That's strange that he caved in when you talked about the goods being fit for purpose, as the Sales of Goods Act is with the retailer only, so i would have expected Sony to push the blame away there.
But i'm sure there must have been a few questions from then when you lied about the console?

@ Paddy stone - Yes you get a 3 month warranty on the replacement, which is rubbish really if it's a phat one as that would just get the YLOD again.
There is no 2 year warranty (Unless the retailer offers it) but you can claim on the Sales of Goods Act up to 6 years after the purchase and take the retailer to a small claims court for a free repair or replacement. It doesn't mean it's a 6 year warranty, but for something like a 3 year old console, it should last much longer than that so it should be included.
#12
Yep, that's what I meant.. the item really should be fit for purpose under the sale of goods act... there's no set time apart from it being up to 6 years, but depends on how much you want to pursue it, you could pursue it for years even and still not get anything from it. In my case I had had mine for 2 years and 2 months and just wanted another console to play so I bought another one, this time from Game so that it'd be slightly easier to argue about it in store if the console goes wrong, last time I bought from play.com.
But like I said, even if I get a replacement/repair if/when this one goes wrong.. i'll be switching to PC gaming. At least that way I only have to buy a new GPU every 2-6 years (depending on how badly you want good FPS etc), games are cheaper anyway than console games and usually GPUs have a warranty of 2+ years.
#13
Just to give you an update and I'm going to try and add some thermal paste on the CPU! Gonna buy some premium paste and watch a YouTube vid. Wish me luck...

ahleung
#14
DarkKnight
Probably best to reapply the thermal paste by yourself and see if that helps.

This done it last week on a machine, easy as with a good guide, hair dryer worked as long as its a powerful one.
#15
Reflowing with a hair dryer just wont work as they dont get hot enough. Pop out and buy a half decent heat gun (screwfix have an adjustable dewalt one, 50c-600c, for £22.50 at the mo).

Open it all up, dismantle the lot being careful with the ribbon cables everywhere! Clean the heatsinks, reflow using the heatgun and reassemble carefully. Job done, working PS3.
suspended#16
imafish2002
Reflowing with a hair dryer just wont work as they dont get hot enough. Pop out and buy a half decent heat gun (screwfix have an adjustable dewalt one, 50c-600c, for £22.50 at the mo).

Open it all up, dismantle the lot being careful with the ribbon cables everywhere! Clean the heatsinks, reflow using the heatgun and reassemble carefully. Job done, working PS3.


Is the heatgun at that price online or instore?
#17
Never understood the whole need for the heatgun to get that hot, as you would simply melt the pcb board.

Used a hairdryer once with success, some people have said they have had to use a heat gun but would try a good hair dryer first before spending money and applying some decent thermal paste the original stuff is pants.
#18
DarkKnight
imafish2002
Reflowing with a hair dryer just wont work as they dont get hot enough. Pop out and buy a half decent heat gun (screwfix have an adjustable dewalt one, 50c-600c, for £22.50 at the mo). Open it all up, dismantle the lot being careful with the ribbon cables everywhere! Clean the heatsinks, reflow using the heatgun and reassemble carefully. Job done, working PS3.
Is the heatgun at that price online or instore?

I saw it advertised online at that price but bought it instore, SCREWFIX

The reason for not using a hairdryer is simple, it wont get the solder hot enough to reflow. Powerful hairdryers get to about 120C whereas you need about 280-300C (if not a touch more with lead free solder) to get it working.

Agreed that the original thermal goop is rubbish, least it isnt as bad as the gunk MS use on the 360!
#19
imafish2002
DarkKnight
imafish2002
Reflowing with a hair dryer just wont work as they dont get hot enough. Pop out and buy a half decent heat gun (screwfix have an adjustable dewalt one, 50c-600c, for £22.50 at the mo). Open it all up, dismantle the lot being careful with the ribbon cables everywhere! Clean the heatsinks, reflow using the heatgun and reassemble carefully. Job done, working PS3.
Is the heatgun at that price online or instore?
I saw it advertised online at that price but bought it instore, SCREWFIXThe reason for not using a hairdryer is simple, it wont get the solder hot enough to reflow. Powerful hairdryers get to about 120C whereas you need about 280-300C (if not a touch more with lead free solder) to get it working.Agreed that the original thermal goop is rubbish, least it isnt as bad as the gunk MS use on the 360!

Okay, so I guess mine didn't need reflowing. Lucky indeed.
#20
DarkKnight
@ Morgantor - That's strange that he caved in when you talked about the goods being fit for purpose, as the Sales of Goods Act is with the retailer only.


Not strictly true, but you are correct in this case.
If Sony had supplied a refurb, or repaired it, the S.O.G.A would kick in.
#21
Has anyone got a good link for a guide on youtube? also, any recommendations on thermal paste and cleaner?

ahleung
#22
ahleung
Has anyone got a good link for a guide on youtube? also, any recommendations on thermal paste and cleaner?

ahleung


Gilksy

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