I have a 40gb PS3 model that I had bought new back in the day. It was fixed one time for the YLOD, but never had any fan issues.
However, now, when I play games (recently Medal of Honor: Warfighter) and movies (I only play Blu-ray movies), the fan is ALWAYS cranking really high the entire time. Luckily, my PS3 is in my media room outside of the home theater area, so I can't hear it will playing or watching the movies. But anytime I go into the media room, you can hear it cranking away.
What are your thoughts here? Do you think my PS3 just needs to be opened up and dusted?
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Thread: PS3 Fan Running Question
11-06-2012 #1Soldier 95BGuest
PS3 Fan Running Question
My guess is its going to YLOD again. If you did it yourself its usually only a temp fix.
The Phat models tend to experience the jet engine fan noise after a few years of service. I've opened and dusted my Phat model PS3 many times and yet the noise is still there.
I've gotten used to it and plus it will serve as a heater in the upcoming colder times. Lol.
11-06-2012 #4Soldier 95BGuest
I just want the fan to freakin stop...it freaks me out. IF my PS3 does YLOD, I might be inclined to just wait for the PS4 instead of getting a new PS3. But I hope I can resolve this.
Your console, like Keefy said, could develop another YLOD since the cause for one is a heating issue(Even though mine generates enough heat to warm the house, I haven't gotten another YLOD yet). If you do pull it apart, try to remember where each bolt goes where and apply good quality Termal paste while you're at it - you'll know where when you find the two chips with older paste in them.
I also don't feel like getting another PS3 anytime soon until the PS4 arrives.
Well if Sony fixed it then they probbaly did it properly not just heating up the solder like I did AKA the "reflow" technique.
This video shows how to take apart.
There are 2 more. One shows the YLOD fix and how to, the other is how to put back together.
Last edited by keefy; 11-06-2012 at 23:56.
It probably needs to be vacuumed. Every electronic device pulls dust towards it even in open spaces.
But I also think that Sony adjusted something in the old Fats that make they blow harder to avoid overheating. After my first YLOD issue I put The Force Unleashed in and fount that for some reason every time I switched to the menu screen the fan cranked up to full speed instantly, yeah for a menu screen, and this was RIGHT after I got it back, so a high speed fan doesnt mean it's potentially ready to die.
11-07-2012 #9Soldier 95BGuest
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