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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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Don't listen the the above guy, he's on almost every problem trying to hock some crappy guide on eBay that you can find for free.

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It is overheating. the chip has an internal temperature sensor.
I bet if you put your hand ontop of it when it does this it is blowing out fairly hot air. Mine is doing it because I took it apart to fix the fan and didnt use enough heatsink paste. if you have lots of ventilation and it cant be overheating then try taking it apart and redoing the heatsinks.

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