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Playstation 3 overheating Fan problem?

I have a ps3 that i have opened. It seems to turn on just fine but after about 10-15 seconds, the fan goes wild and jumps like 4 speeds then the ps3 turns off. I have put new heat sink stuff on the processors but i still have nothing. Is there a special stuff i have to use or is the ps3 possibly have another problem with it? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    i have no picture have sound but first i had just black and white with a yellow strip down the middle and no picture and the game gats hot and the fans just go in to high gear

  • wargame888 Dec 22, 2008

    my ps3 turns on the green lite turns orange then starts blinking red

  • pedrothemanc Dec 22, 2008

    my playstation only plays ps2 games its a 60gig and ive only had it a year,the fans have been goin nuts for some time now and it gets really hot,it used 2 load my games after ten mins of being on,now it will only work as a ps2 and for 400quid thats not good enough!

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    my ps3 turns on the green lite turns orange then starts blinking red

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    this happen to me too . wen im playn a game the fan gets really loud and the ps3 turns off

  • ninja240 Mar 10, 2009

    i have the fan overheating problem and i took it apart to day to clean the dust out an boy was there some dust .. but when i was done and put it all back together . the fan is now turning on in like 5 mins . and over heating it faster . i was thinking maybe i could disconnect the fan and get like a notebook pc fan cooling pad and make a costom box for it . dose any1 think that would be a good idear or dose the fan have to be connected for the ps3 to work right ..?



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I have done the research!!! And I wrote this guide taking more safety precautions against breaking my system than the originators so this is a reproduced guide wearing safety belts.
This means there are 2 possible problems with your PS3. Either 1) your fan is dying and needs to be replaced or 2) the heat transfer from your 2 processors to the fan is deteriorating. Number 2 is the most popular for overheating because Sony didn't use the greatest of thermal compounds on their processors, and the heat sink solutions Sony used in its launch systems weren't as well engineered as the later systems. 60gig are the most prone.
This has happened to me and I have fixed my PS3. It works perfectly as if I had just bought a new one (fan is super quiet, showing that the heat transfer is working perfectly) and 5 months later I had to repeat the process and it fixed the problem again. So, this solution may have to be an ongoing task through the years, I suggest doing it 3 times a year like I plan on doing. All you need is a couple screwdrivers, thermal paste (preferably something with silver or more expensive, Arctic Silver is good), and a heat gun (usually made for stripping paint) that gets to at least 650F. The processors in this MB are soldered in...
Okay, assuming you are good with handling hardware and get the PS3 bare down to its motherboard, you should see the huge *** fans mounted to the 2 processors, 1 says GPX and the other CELL I think.
1- You need to take off the fan carefully 2- Clean all the dust you can possible see, CAREFULLY 3- Use acetone or some other 99% alcohol compound to clean the old thermal paste off the back of the processors and the mounts of the fan. --------------------------------- This part is important --------------------------------- 4- Look for the 2 black chips that are almost touching each processor above (or below depending on the direction the board is) and pay attention to their location to the chips for when the board is upside down.
5- Place your motherboard on a flat, heat resistant surface and set up to where nothing will touch it for 30 minutes.
6- Using the heat gun, heat the processors for 25 seconds a piece (less time the hotter the gun) using a circular pattern as not to have the heat focused in 1 spot. Then do the same for the 4 black chips.
7- Let the motherboard cool for 30 minutes. You will hear popping noises, this is the solder hardening back up after being set further in its socket. DO NOT TOUCH MOTHERBOARD. It is hot and any outside pressure or contact could snap it. Just let it sit there.
Whats happening is your are resetting any connection damage that might have occurred from the processors getting hot and not cooling properly. This also corrects any minor misalignment of the processor and its seat.
8- Flip the motherboard over and repeat steps 6 and 7.
9- Now apply a thin layer of the thermal paste on the back of each processor. Just enough so you that appears like you can see through it. Not literally but to the point that you think you can make out a letter on the processor.
10- Mount the fan back on carefully and clean up all excess thermal compound that may have been squeezed out the sides.
That should do it. Put the PS3 back together, leave the final screws unscrewed, hold your breath, pray to your deity and turn it on.
Like I said earlier, this happened to me I. I did this fix, failed because I didn't heat the processors long enough. Increased my heating time by 15 seconds each processor, and then my PS3 ran faster, smoother, and quiter for about 5 months before I had to do this fix again because my girlfriend doesn't like to turn my PS3 off (have to shorten auto shutoff to 1 hour now *sigh*). But fixed for a second time with same results.
Good luck gents. This solution does work, but you must also know that it may void the chance of Sony fixing this for you for 150. I paid $7 (US) for the thermal compound and $25 for the heat gun. And the PS3 are $300

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  • xtreem989 Sep 24, 2009

    I accidentally clicked post before I was finished.

    As I were saying. The new PS3s are $300 but $150 to repair it. Personally, I'd try to fix it myself or buy a better one. A buddy of mine sent his in (not the same problem), and got one back that was refurbished and the blu-ray went out in it after 4 days. No BS. They will rarely send your same system back, they will give you another one that they fixed based on their time schedule. So you might as well buy a new one for $300 and with a warranty than paying half price with 90 days warranty on an already previously broken machine. IMHO

  • Salvador Fonseca Nov 13, 2011

    Hello, I have fixed about 80 ps3's and the thermal paste has always been the problem cause from everyone i have fixed they had no thermal compound paste but also they are made to side on there side and thats one of the best ways to help them to keep from overheating....


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Hi, I'm certified in IPC 7721/7719 solder repair. You should also be using a no clean solder under the ball grid arrays of the CPU and GPU. You should sqirt it under the CPU and GPU before reflowing the solder. The best way to take care of this issue is to remove the GPU and CPU and clean all that bad lead free solder off the board lans/Pads and semiconductor parts and then reball the CPU and GPU with leaded solder. Place flux on the board line up the parts and then reflow them. The probelm will never haunt you again. Lead free solder is very brittle when compared to leaded solder and should not be used where there is excessive heat that will cause thermal expansion and contraction. This is a mistake many manufacturers are making today, it is quite common on the flyback transformers on many CRT televisions which also get very hott. the lead free solder just can't handle the thermal epansion and contraction.

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  • Midx Feb 13, 2011

    This guy is a quack. Explain to me why a perfectly working GPU would need new solder? The PS3 was quiet when you bought it wasn't it? Mmmmhmm. Thermal grease can dry out. The older PS3 PS are inefficient and get hot. And some have an older fan design.


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My ps3 was doing the same thing took it apart agin and saw one of my CPU didnt have enough artic slicer 5 thermal compound on it so I put more on there putt my ps3 back together and boom my ps3 was working like a champ !! I'm so glad my ps3 back fm the dead =) plus my fan is super quite !!

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Get the room ur playing in to a nice cool temperature i open my window as it's nice and cold now and the fast and noisy fan slows down and calms down and thus stops over heating. Before this i couldn't even go 20 minutes without the overheating message coming up.

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  • shar Dec 28, 2011

    get the room ur playing in to a nice cool temperature i open my window as it's nice and cold now and the fast and noisy fan slows down and calms down and thus stops over heating. Before this i couldn't even go 20 minutes without the overheating message coming up.


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