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Can't get heatsinks to sit properly on PS3 chips

I bought this PS3 off of somebody who said it worked. It was busted as soon as i plugged it in. I took it apart and noticed that after a bit of tweaking that it would display video and I could hear sound if the heatsinks were on OK enough. That lasted for about 15 seconds then the video locked up, sound died 5 seconds after. I think the problem has to do with me not being able to reseat the heatsink properly and it keeps having issues. I'm completely clueless and stressed about how to fix everything up on it. Any help would be great. Thank you.

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USe a small amount of thermal adhesive.

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Let me see if I can decipher what you have stated killa_klowns, and offer a solution.

1) The Processor has a Heatsink on it, or a Heatsink/Fan combo. Depends on what the computer manufacturer designer wanted to implement.

{Some computers have a Heatsink/Fan combo sitting on the Processor.
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[ Always Thoroughly clean the top of a Processor's case, and the bottom of the Heatsink, before applying fresh new Thermal Paste. Same thing for every chipset.

> Observe Anti-Static Precautions A Processor is the most susceptible hardware component to Static shock.

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