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Hi I think somebody out there has the same problem as me see what happens is I turn on PS3 and it is basically silent and I start watching a movie or playing something and immediately whirrrrrrr the fan is so loud! :angry:


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post #2 of 9
Well, you could replace the HDD in the PS3 with a solid-state drive, to eliminate the noise from any mechanical drive spinning. But other than that, I don't think there is much that can really be done, seeing how the PS3 needs the fans to be able to push enough airflow through to keep it cool. You could try mounting the PS3 on a piece of foam to further eliminate noise due to vibration and resonance.
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You're better off replacing the tim. It seems to be running hot.
Either that or your bluraydrive is seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
 
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post #4 of 9
You need to take the unit apart, clean everything and replace the thermal paste. I used Diamond IC 7 on my PS3 and it was near silent after that! I also added a fan on the back which helped a lot too!!

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^^ Do you really need a torx8 screwdriver with the security hole? Or can I wing it with a normal T8?
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post #6 of 9
put it inside a vented sound proof box.
post #7 of 9
I have the same problem, except it just has to sit at the XMB for 5 mins for the fan to ramp up to full speed. Im going to tear it down for a cleaning.
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Nope, i used a small flat head screw driver to remove the security screw.

The PS3 i had used to ramp up to full speed after only a few mins on the XMB screen and turns out the cooler wasnt making contact with the RSX / GPU chips because the thermal paste had dried out. I then replaced it with artic silver 5 but wasnt happy with result so got myself some Diamond IC 7 thermal paste and couldnt be happier. I also cleaned every single component, replaced the thermal pads on the memory chips with thicker new pads and then cut a hole in the case, took a 120mm fan and wired a USB connector on the end to run off the PS3's USB ports. It workes a charm. Silent after hours of playing any game and still cool to touch and plenty of hot air coming out the back.

Also make sure you BEND the clamps holding the cooling unit on so when you refit, it makes a clean and tight contact with the RSX / GPU.

MAKE SURE YOU REPLACE THERMAL PASTE ATLEAST ASAP BEFORE YOU GET YLOD...IT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DONT!
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MAKE SURE YOU REPLACE THERMAL PASTE ATLEAST ASAP BEFORE YOU GET YLOD...IT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DONT!

I learnt this the hand way unfortunately. The fact that I wasn't brave enough to open it up myself until a disc got stuck in it after second YLOD didn't help either.
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