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What can happen if the in the fan in ps3 is not working propserly

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The console will overheat and shut down. These consoles are very sensitive to heat and require the fan to work. The console and be sent into Sony for repair.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011

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Is it cold where it is it may not turn on because it not getting hot enough if it is bad it will over heat the hard drive and cpu

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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:



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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
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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.

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Game keeps freezing and game disk is red hot ps3

hi there,
it sounds like your ps3 is overheating, which is a common problem with the console. this happens when you play a lot and for long periods, it also can happen if the fan has stopped working or there is not enough air getting into the system to keep the gpu and cpu cool. games are very graphic power hungry thus putting the gpu under pressure and causing it to heat up, and if there is no air or not enough air getting into your system to keep the gpu cool, it will overheat and cause your game to freeze. 1st thing you should do id make sure that the fan is working at the back of your console, just turn on your console and look to see that the fan is spining, if this spinning then thats good, if not thats your problem there and will probably need to be replaced. If it's spinning then most likely there is just not enough air getting into the system, so you should move your ps3 outm into an open space to allow plenty air to get into it, you can also give the fan a clean of any dust and dirt, and if you have some sort of an air blower, give the ps3 a quick blow out through the air vent at the back of the console. Hope this helps.

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

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I have an 80GB Metal Gear Solid 4 Bundle system. System shuts down after 10 minutes and when restarted or turned back on it will says that the system was shut down incorrectly.

Base from the description of your problem this can be an issue with the overheating of the unit, if this problem happen even when you're not playing or playing the possibilities of overheating is high.

Because if the shut off only happen when you play games on your PS3 what you can do here to correct the problem is to do a software update on it, but if the shut off also happen when not playing games the system is overheating and the fan on it may not be working fine and needs replacement.

So if the PS3 is still under warranty better take it to service center near you and have the fan replace or better yet have the unit replace.

Sep 14, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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After running my PS3 for a while to watch movies, the unit fan gets very loud, is this normal?

this shouldnt happen, the problem is the fan is blocked and needs clearing out, as the system gets hotter and the hot air needs to get out if dust is blocking this happening then the ps3 fan will make a loud noice,

try cleaning it with a DAMP cloth, not wet as you dont want to break it, try blowing into the fan as well, also clean the whole ps3 and the surrounding area so its dust free. 

hopefully your fan isnt broke inside, if it is and your still within warranty take it back and get it fixed

good luck

hope this helped, 

Apr 21, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My Ps3 makes a loud fan noise after 15-20 minutes

its your backup fan turning on you must not have adequate venitlation take it out of small place and put it near a fan or window

Oct 22, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 overheat

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.

Jul 27, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i turn my ps3 on,red light goes green then red right away

Try disconnecting your PS3 and then for 10 seconds if that doesn't work, disconnect all jackets meaning all usb connection ports connected in it. Remove them, then turn on your ps3 see what happens (without using the controller), then disconnect the ps3 cord that connects to your extension cord or jacket and plug it back in. Try it again. Then again with the controller could try. Try disconnecting other ports such as other stuff like as listed, Irons,Fans, etc.           !!!!!!DON'T USE TOO MUCH POWER!!!!

The Same thing happened to me on my Wii though.

If nothing works call Customer Support (SONY)

May 30, 2009 | Sony PlayStation 3 40GB System

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My fan

Well if the fan isn't running then it's shutting off because of overheating obviously. You will need to put a new fan into your PS3. Taking apart a PS3 is very difficult so if you're going to do it yourself you'll need to find a tutorial on the internet. I believe the PS3 uses standard computer fans so you'll just need to buy one of the same size from a site like Once you put that in it should work, if it doesn't then there is something much more severe happening like a motherboard failure and if that is a case you will not be able to repair it.
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Sounds like your power supply is going out replace the entire power cord

Dec 15, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 fan doesnt work?

I have solution for all of you. You need to call sony at 1-800-345-7669. They will send you a box so you can place you unit in (ps3). If you got warrany on your ps3 they will ask you to send in a copy to varify that it is still in warrany. If it is then they will not charge you anything they will open up the system and see what the problem is either fix the ps3 or they will replace it with a refuribished one. Also you need to make sure that the warrany tag on the ps3 upper right side is still there or they will charge you 150 dollars. And if the serial on the back is removed they will not even service your unit. If you unit is not in warrany they will charge you 150 dollars. Wich is real good because they will dust the interior of it good luck everyone...

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