Thanks to the help of two people who really didn't HAVE to help me (my roommate and one of his at-work acquaintances), I now have a working PS3. If you don't know what happened, my PS3 got the YLOD a while back. It's a similar condition to the Xbox360's RROD. This is very NOT common for a PS3. It happens to about 10% of all systems manufactured, which is about normal for any electronics equipment.
My roommate's co-worker willingly donated his PS3 to the project because the blu-ray drive was broken. The drive in my own system still worked, but the motherboard needs to be reflowed. So, we removed the broken drive and swapped in my own. After initial tests showed that it still didn't work, we youtubed and discovered that each drive is matched to it's original motherboard. So we swapped the boards that were attached to the drives, and then it worked.
Then, today, I opened up the system again to apply new thermal paste, because my roommate STRONGLY suggested that I should. Turns out, it was a very good idea to do so. The existing thermal paste was in a condition that strongly resembled that of my other system just after it died. So we wiped the chips and heatsinks clean and applied some Arctic Silver 5, which I've heard is one of the best brands of thermal paste available.
Now, when the fan speed goes up, the air coming out of the back of the system is lukewarm, instead of hot like a hair dryer. :)
7 years, 8 months ago
01 Dec 2010 05:01 CET