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Console freezes up after a short time

I own a ps3 that I have had for about a year. When I try to play a game I can get into it about 15 minutes then the whole thing freezes up and I cannot continue to play, however, the picture is still on the screen. If I try to hit the power button, it just flashes and beeps and does not turn off unless I turn the switch on the back. If I wait a day then I can play again, for about 15 minutes then the same thing happens. What can I do to prevent having to buy a new one all together or send it in to get fixed?

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Hi There,

I have had this problem, as my PS3 is now out of warrenty i have decided to fix it myself, so if your PS3 is out of warrenty aswel i sugguest you do the following, if not then send it back to sony.

The problem seems to be a over heating, you will notice this as the fan kicks in to high power after about 10mins.

What you need to do is disassemble it, heres a guide that can help you: http://www.llamma.com/PS3/repair/PS3_disassembly_tutorial.htm.

After this you will see the CPU and GPU, the problem there is the thermal compound on it, its dry and cracked and not enough, u need to clean all this off and buy some Artic Silver 5 Compound, on ebay for under £5, you then need to place some on the CPU and GPU corner to corner then smooth it across with a card, as thin as you can! then put it all back together.

problem solved

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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