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Sony Playstation 3 Power Supply Unit

I have the original 60 GB Playstation 3 and a month or two out of warranty the PSU went up. Since I am out of warranty they will replace it for $150.00 with a reconditioned one that comes with a 90 day warranty.

Does anybody know what the problem with the power supplies is? I know I treated my PS3 pretty well and it wasn't doing anything it wasn't designed to do when it went bad (i.e. running in a small cabinet or had a blanket thrown over it or something). The reason I ask is because I am considering replacing the PSU myself but I don't know if there are other problems that I will not know to address and my PS3 will be ultimately doomed to burn out another PSU.

Are the PSUs bad? Does it need additional cooling? I don't want to spend my time and money only to have it break again. Will my problem be fixed if I get a new PSU and put it in my Playstation?

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If you have warranty, CALL SONY! They will help you out.

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If i replace the power supply unit will my ps3 work?

depends on the problem, if it was an issue with the PSU that was the fault, then yes, but make you you get the same model as there are atleast 3 versions of that PSU so you need to make sure you get the same model number.
but if you are not sure if it was the psu, then it could be a error with your motherboard and needs a reflow, but is hard to say without actually know what the error in question is.

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6 months old is still under warranty. You should not attempt to fix an item that is still under warranty, instead contact the shop you bought it.

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If no hastle it is recommended to by new PSU for your system.

Hope this help, best regards, melnavz

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