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    Ps3 turns itself off after 20-30 seconds

    Hello, I got a broken ps3.
    When I press the power button the fan starts to spin along with the HDD, after 20-30 seconds it turns off like if the AC cable is removed (no led light at all). I got no video output. To make the red light appear again I can press the power button or unplug and plug the power cable.

    Here the test I did:

    -Soldered a wire from the triastate to a GND, the console staid on with no problem and I was able to use a flasher.
    The NOR dump is good, I tried to erase the NOR with a 16mb of "00" dump (made with an hex editor): on my working ps3 this operation got it bricked (it shuts off after less than 2 seconds), on this non working ps3 nothing changed, so I excluded the flash as the cause of the problem.

    -Tests with a multimeter: PSU outputs 12.10v (should be ok), the 3.3v point on motherboard outputs 3.29v (is this ok?), the USB 5v pin gets no power, but the HDD gets its 5v since it starts to spin.

    I hope you guys have some idea. Thanks in advance and sorry for my english.

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    Did you use an alternate plug? Other than that it's beyond me sorry.

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    soldering? flashing? hex editor? are you trying to hack your PS3? or are you illegitimately playing around with the motherboard in hopes of re-birthing a since dead console?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronSOLDIER View Post
    Did you use an alternate plug? Other than that it's beyond me sorry.
    Sorry, what do you mean by alternate plug?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fijiandoce View Post
    soldering? flashing? hex editor? are you trying to hack your PS3? or are you illegitimately playing around with the motherboard in hopes of re-birthing a since dead console?
    A PC shop near me gave me this ps3, I just want to fix it if it's possible.
    I used the flasher only to check the NOR and the hex editor only to erase the NOR and see what happen.
    I like to play around with this kind of things, and since the console is broken and not under warranty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    Get any disc out of it..its going to die..SOON!
    It's already died lol
    However there isn't any disc inside.

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    Is it a slim? If so you have the same problem as me, my PSU died. You can do a temporary fix on it yourself by opening up the console and twisting two white screws inside of the PSU or just buy a new PSU.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post
    Is it a slim? If so you have the same problem as me, my PSU died. You can do a temporary fix on it yourself by opening up the console and twisting two white screws inside of the PSU or just buy a new PSU.


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    Yes it is a slim, CECH-2504A. Forgot to say that I have not the two white screws inside my PSU (different model?). Anyway I tried the PSU from my other working slim and the problem persist.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Sounds more like the motherboard needs a reflow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    Sounds more like the motherboard needs a reflow.
    Tried to "shot" with an heat gun on CPU and GPU on both sides of the board for about 15 seconds and applied new thermal paste.
    Still the same problem..
    Does anyone know which points on the mainboard should I test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sguerrini97 View Post
    Tried to "shot" with an heat gun on CPU and GPU on both sides of the board for about 15 seconds and applied new thermal paste.
    Still the same problem..
    Does anyone know which points on the mainboard should I test?

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    Needs a real reflow. The heat gun deal is not going to properly reflow anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    Needs a real reflow. The heat gun deal is not going to properly reflow anything.
    You mean a reball? Afaik with the heat gun the ps3 should starts also if it's not a permanently solution... If I need a reball I think I will trash it

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    Save yourself the trouble, buy a new ps3. The heat gun method doesn't always work and is only a temporary fix. It WILL break down again. I only did it on my old ps3 to give myself sometime to backup what data I could. It's now sitting in my closet collecting dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid Snake View Post
    Save yourself the trouble, buy a new ps3. The heat gun method doesn't always work and is only a temporary fix. It WILL break down again. I only did it on my old ps3 to give myself sometime to backup what data I could. It's now sitting in my closet collecting dust.
    I know that it will die again, I did that only to see if it needs a reball.
    I already have a working ps3, I'm playing around with this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by sguerrini97 View Post
    You mean a reball? Afaik with the heat gun the ps3 should starts also if it's not a permanently solution... If I need a reball I think I will trash it

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    I'm sorry, I did mean reball. I have ran in to this same situation and it required me having the motherboard reballed because of the $#@!ty solder Sony used. I was lucky and found a guy on Craigslist who did it for $40.

    The heat gun is never a solution. It is a guessing game as to where the cracked solder is. If you fail to reflow that crack, the PS3 will still not work properly.

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    That video is of how my slim coped. If yours was doing the same I can almost bet it's to do with e PSU


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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post


    That video is of how my slim coped. If yours was doing the same I can almost bet it's to do with e PSU


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    Yes it is the same problem.
    But replacing the PSU was the first thing I tried and the problem didn't change.
    What did you do at your? Thanks.

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    Sounds like that PS3 went to gaming heaven. Sorry for your loss.


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    20-30secs should be more than enough time for an image to appear on screen, does it?

    I had a somewhat similar issue with a macbook pro of mine a few years ago. Power it on, starts up. Fans are going, leds are on and just before an image shows up....totally shuts off.

    In the end it turned out that I bought one of a rare line of macbook pros that had an over heating video card and it burnt out the solder on my logic board at the point where the video card was seated. So once an image was time to appear, blam, shuts off.

    So while my experience is not directly related to a ps3...Lethal_NFS may be on track with the solution. Components that run too hot near solder can break the contacts. The trouble is finding them.

    My solutions were as follows, bake my logic board (place in oven and literally bake it to re-flow the solder). Or buy a new one which was almost the price of the laptop itself .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sguerrini97 View Post
    Hello, I got a broken ps3.
    When I press the power button the fan starts to spin along with the HDD, after 20-30 seconds it turns off like if the AC cable is removed (no led light at all). I got no video output. To make the red light appear again I can press the power button or unplug and plug the power cable.

    Here the test I did:

    -Soldered a wire from the triastate to a GND, the console staid on with no problem and I was able to use a flasher.
    The NOR dump is good, I tried to erase the NOR with a 16mb of "00" dump (made with an hex editor): on my working ps3 this operation got it bricked (it shuts off after less than 2 seconds), on this non working ps3 nothing changed, so I excluded the flash as the cause of the problem.

    -Tests with a multimeter: PSU outputs 12.10v (should be ok), the 3.3v point on motherboard outputs 3.29v (is this ok?), the USB 5v pin gets no power, but the HDD gets its 5v since it starts to spin.

    I hope you guys have some idea. Thanks in advance and sorry for my english.

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