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Re: in a cabinet and getting dusty in vents how to clean?
Well once my dad bought a little air can used to clean the dust and **** outta your computer and keyboard. If you can manage to find that, it would work very well on your PS3, or if you have a Air compressor, you can use that as well (thats what i use). I heard vaccuums work well too but haven't tried it myself. but now better things have come up Note, Only for the 40gb model. http://www.ps3hax.net/other-misc-tutorials/4079-ps3-fan-test-clean-dust.html
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If you connect to a External Monitor is it the same? If you boot to Safe Mode is it the same? Has there been ANY damage? Does the Laptop overheat? Need cleaning? Fan, Vents, Heatsink dusty, dirty? Sounds like a Graphics Adapter is going or gone. Have you done ANY graphics updates recently?
Hopefully not often. They are very complicated in design. Keep ALL airflow paths clean and if in a cabinet, give adequate air movement... use a fan if necessary to vent the cabinet. The unit has a string of diodes to adjust the quiescent current in the power amp and if you overheat the unit it will try to protect itself by shutting down.
If the interior of the heater is dusty and dirty, this may be your problem. Turn off the circuit breaker feed to the heater, remove the front cover and clean the interior with a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment. Pay special attention to the fan blades. Any dust and dirt that the vacuum can't reach can be blown out with a can of compressed air (like you clean a computer with) and the straw nozzle. If you use the canned air, vacuum again after blowing it out. Replace the front cover, turn on the circuit breaker and test the heater. If that doesn't solve the problem, go to the manufacturer's website to obtain parts.
Usually when an electric dryer overheats it's because of a defective cycling thermostat or a clogged vent system. Clean any lint from the internal and external ductwork, and/or replace the cycling thermostat. What is your model number?
Your PS3 might have a broken fan. If you are using an external fan that attaches to the PS3 than stop, fans like the Nyko Intercooler and Pelican cause more problems with ventillation and may cause the PS3 to overheat. If heat is an issue make sure the system has plenty of room to breath and point a small fan at the console. If thiat doesn't work call Sony customer sopport.
you can purchase a usb powered external fan that fixes to the back of the ps3 from ebay for less than $30 or 15 gbp.
i think attempting to replace the interior fan will invalidate sonys gaurantee ,if it still is under warranty.
lastly i would suggest the obvious and make sure you have you ps3 out in the open and not in an an enclosed environment like a shelf or tv/video cabinet.also not on carpet, make sure all the vents are not blocked, i found for me the coolest position to run the ps3 is on its side away from other heat sources like plasma tv,video/dvd/sat/cable players.
This may seem too simple of an answer based on your extensive troubleshooting thus far, but the most common reason for cold air running of any electric dryer is a broken heater coil. This is simply a coil of wire that is heated to warm the air in the fan duct. These often overheat and break if the vent duct is blocked, too long, or has odd bends that can restrict flow. Recommend replacing heater coil and use smooth wall vent pipe. Avoid coil type flexible duct.
My geforce 4 cards fan took a dump on me once.Check it for dust. and/ or movement.
You need better air movement through your case. Make sure everything is clean of dust. Get a bigger case fan and also add one in the front of the case if possible.
Dont have anything in back of your case for 2 feet.Or on the sides where there are vent holes...
How old is it, it may still be under warranty. They are good at replacements...