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    Slight crackling noise

    The first PS3 I had it would make these slight "crackling" noises when the system was on and up to 5 minutes after it was turned off.

    I exchanged it for a new one for different reasons. The new one has those same exact sounds still. I swear I'm not crazy, if you listen real closely, you can hear these slight "crackling" noises.

    Anyone else hear this? Or am I going nuts.

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    Yeah, when the components inside the system heat up, they expand. This causes the popping/cracking soud you hear. My TV and my computer do the same thing.

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    Dude, thats the HDD if im not mistaken. It does the same thing on a Desktop computer.
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    I bought a 20 gig unit at launch and I constantly heard the crackling noise you're talking about. Last Tuesday I traded in that unit for a 60 gig unit and I'm still hearing that noise. I haven't experienced any problems with either unit so I'm not worried about it.

    Edit - fight_music just gave you your answer.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Einz View Post
    Dude, thats the HDD if im not mistaken. It does the same thing on a Desktop computer.
    No that is not the HDD. It is the plastic expanding when getting warm and contracting when getting cool. There is nothing wrong with the ps3 in that regard. Every PS3 i have seen has done it. Hope that helps.
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    Maybe it's caused by the cooling/heating up of the system. When metal gets hot, it expands, this could cause the crackling noise. I can imagine it's the PS3 metal frame inside that is making the noise, coming from the places where screws are attached.

    It's kinda like the noises a hot car makes right after it's turned off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swy05 View Post
    The first PS3 I had it would make these slight "crackling" noises when the system was on and up to 5 minutes after it was turned off.

    I exchanged it for a new one for different reasons. The new one has those same exact sounds still. I swear I'm not crazy, if you listen real closely, you can hear these slight "crackling" noises.

    Anyone else hear this? Or am I going nuts.
    Come on everyone, just admit that it's true - swy05 is nuts and needs .

    Ha, ha - just kidding swy05!

    Yeah, you shouldn't be worried because this is normal for electronics like this.

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    Like everyone said it's probably because of the heat. Mine does it as well, my tv does it sometimes. So far I haven't noticed any damage to either.

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    Ahhh, thanks for the information guys. I thought I was imagining things at first.

    Relieved to know I'm not crazy.

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    Don't worry guy. Sony is a hardware design master. They are in my mind the best. So you have nothing to worry about. Just take care of your PS3 and it will take care of you.

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    what about freezing during online play? when i play rfom it sometimes freezes, is there something wrong with my ps3 or my network? My rfom cd has no scratches at all.

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    OOOO I have been wondering about this myself hahaha!!! But since it never brought probs I thought it was normal like how other electronics make random noises at times.
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    yea uhh i never herd these kinda noises on any electronics. i think its time for me to turn the base down in my truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fight_music View Post
    Yeah, when the components inside the system heat up, they expand. This causes the popping/cracking soud you hear. My TV and my computer do the same thing.
    This is your answer. Perfectly normal for new electronics to do this.


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    lol, i haven't payed attention to that, but I'll keep an ear out for it now =P

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    He's a witch! Hang Swy05!! Lol J/k from what everyone else says, don't worry about it

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    i have honestly never heard that noise but like everyone else said it is probably the heat expanding the hdd

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    its nothing it happends to all the ps3 when they get CALIENTE!!!!!!!! yepa yepa yea never mind!

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    the popping/cracking sound is hear is the console cooling off.
    it wont hurt it just make sure that your PS3 gets plenty of air
    and its in an open spot... not a in a inclosed space

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    Just sounds like it expanding/contracting as it warms/cools.

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    Wow you actually returned your PS3 because of this?? there goes all ure saves unless you backedup, anyway Yeah as everyone said it expands when its on and cools when its off causing a slight crackling noise.

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    Is it coming from the PS3 itself or speakers?

    If anyone is having this problem from their speakers and are still interested in a solution to that, than I can post up information to fix it cuz I had this problem, again through my speakers, and was easily able to solve it, but i'm not sure if anyone is having the same problem or if applies here...so post up if u need help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KraZe View Post
    Wow you actually returned your PS3 because of this?? there goes all ure saves unless you backedup, anyway Yeah as everyone said it expands when its on and cools when its off causing a slight crackling noise.
    ROFL no. I returned my original PS3 because it kept on having overheating issues when it should not have been overheating. I left it out in an open space. I would come home from work and play a game for not even 5 minutes when I got the flashing red lights and the system turned off. Weird thing was I never even got a message on the screen saying it's overheating.

    Damn, the PS3's run pretty damn hot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplepinoi177 View Post
    If anyone is having this problem from their speakers and are still interested in a solution to that, than I can post up information to fix it cuz I had this problem, again through my speakers, and was easily able to solve it, but i'm not sure if anyone is having the same problem or if applies here...so post up if u need help...

    yeah i get random crackling noise coming from my tv speakers when using the ps3, usually starting up a bluray movie.

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    My PS3 stopped making this noise after the first month.. The board just needed to settle.


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