Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

5 Answers

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

Posted by on

  • 4 more comments 
  • 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 ..?



×

Ad

5 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

  • 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....

×

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 3 Answers

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.

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

  • 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.

×

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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 !!

Posted on Jan 29, 2012

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011

  • 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.

×

You can fix this with a PS3 Repair Guide from www.PS3RepairsGuide.com















You can fix this with a PS3 Repair Guide from www.PS3RepairsGuide.com

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE:

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

My ps3 wheni go to turn it on n press the button the lite goesfrm green rite back to red n wont turn on


This fix works for some models, so if it does not work for you please tell me your model number

Look at the bottom. This is what it looks like:

SONY

PLAYSTATION 3

CECH-*** = Your model number

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.

MADE IN XXXXX

You can do this fan test.
Turn the main switch off, hold the eject button.

While holding the eject button, turn the main switch on, when the power light is green, release it, it will beep
The fan will operate at the highest speed possible and will eject any disc that is inside.
After about 15 seconds the fan will stop spinning and the ps3 will beep 3 times and blink a red light.
When this happens, turn the main switch off and on then turn it on normally.
Let me know how this goes!!

P.S. It will not harm your ps3, It's testing the cooling fan.

Nov 28, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

When I turn on my ps3 the fan runs for a few seconds then shuts off along with the green light.


It seems as a hardware problem, if you still have warranty you should contact SONY and they will replace your PS3 with a new one. Otherwise, you can try opening it and cleaning the fan if you feel comfortable with this or have an expert open it if you don't.Philip

May 25, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

2 Answers

My ps3 has ylod and i cant get my game out is there any way i can open it.


Assuming it is one of the older style ps3's you can usually get it out without opening up the machine:

1. First shut down the system by flipping the power switch in the back off.

2. Hold down the eject disc button.

3. While still holding down the eject button, flip the power switch to turn back on your PS3.

4. When the green light comes on, wait a few seconds then tap the eject button a couple times. The fan will run on full power and the disc will eject.


Mar 05, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

Ps3 60 g from ebay YLOD and other problems


hello i've had (something like this) before i tried fixing it it just went ylod, decided to reflow motherboard, then got it to work, for like 30 secs, the ps3 booted up then the fan went wild, and got a message the goes something like this "the ps3 is getting hot the system will shut down" then turns off, any idea?

Apr 18, 2010 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

1 Answer

Hi- we are having a problem with our ps3....it just started overheating....we forgot to open the door...I heard the fan kick in...so we turned off the ps3 to let it cool down....now the ps3 is running...we...


try video reset

when ps3 is in standby mode(red light)
press and hold the power button till you hear a second beep.

standby mode press hold power........"beep"......"beep"..release power button

then try rebuilding the database and the file system in recovery consol

to get to the recovery consol press and hold the power button when ps3 is in standby mode(red light) till you hear a double beep. sometimes the ps3 does a beep then another beep and goes back into standby thsi is fine just release the power and quikly press and hold it again till you get double beep.

like on my 80g system it goes like this

ps3 standby...press hold power.......beep .........beep........stanby again....release and hold power again.......beep .........double beep...release power now you should be in recovery menu.

Oct 20, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

Ps3 no video display no sound


hold the power button for 5 seconds when you turn it on

Nov 14, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

1 Answer

Playstation 3 crazy fan problem


Its a power supply issue you might want to exchange the PS3 for a new 1 at www.sony.com

Rate my Solution Please
I tried my best.

Apr 30, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

3 Answers

PS3 - Screen Flicker


You need to try a new HDMI cable.. Cheap HDMI cables do that? I had the same thing happen to me... I switched the HDMI cable and it fixed mine.
AV

Jan 14, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console Logo

17,585 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Video Game Consoles & Games Experts

Ekse

Level 3 Expert

13434 Answers

shevantha perera

Level 2 Expert

125 Answers

Damen Wong
Damen Wong

Level 3 Expert

1950 Answers

Are you a Sony Video Game Console and Game Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...